Extreme weather conditions in Spain have caused widespread disruption, including the postponement of the announcement of nominations for Goyas 2021, the country’s national film awards.
Storm Filomena blanketed parts of the country with snow, particularly the capital Madrid, which has seen up to 8 inches in the past 24 hours, shutting down much of the city. At least three people have died in adverse conditions, the heaviest snowfall in Spain in 50 years.
The Goyas were due to announce the nominations at 11 a.m. local time on Monday, January 11. The Film Academy issued a notice saying it had received the official recommendation not to proceed with the event and will instead postpone a new date, yet to be confirmed. The 35th Goyas ceremony is due to take place on March 6, 2021, with Spanish star Antonio Banderas.
Snowfall began on Friday evening, January 8, closing roads and leaving people stranded on highways around Madrid. The city’s airport has also been closed and all trains have been canceled to and from the capital.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez issued a notice asking people to stay at home, while King Felipe and Queen Letizia posted a similar message on Twitter calling for “extreme caution”.