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The Union of Actors and Actresses cries out against censorship and abuse on its big awards night | Culture

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Vicky Luengo, during her acceptance speech for the award for best leading theater actress.Juanjo Martín (EFE)

“We will not tolerate a single case of censorship. Art must be free (…) We will not tolerate any type of violence, aggression or abuse. From La Unión de Actores we will continue to advise and report, being of help to actresses and actors who suffer any abuse. Let’s say clearly ‘it’s over’. With this forceful speech, Silvia de Pé, general secretary of the Union of Actors and Actresses, welcomed last night the attendees to the annual awards gala of the main union of the union in Spain, held at the Circo Price theater in Madrid.. “Art must be free. Our work consists of giving life to all people and all realities,” De Pé stressed. Looking to the future, the general secretary also wanted to make clear the organization’s next objective: “This year we have to achieve a new agreement for the audiovisual sector that allows us to adapt the standards to the reality of production. This change is not limited to audiovisual, in theater we are achieving important changes.”

The ceremony, directed by playwright Félix Estaire and presented by actors Arantxa Aranguren, Stephanie Gil and Juan Messeguer, was festive but also vindictive. The war in Gaza was on the lips of almost all the winners and many also took the opportunity to remember the precarious conditions under which they often have to carry out their work. Sexist abuses also featured in some speeches, such as that of Vicky Luengo, winner of the award for best theater actress for First Face, who dedicated the award to “actresses who have suffered abuse and have not been able to raise their voices.” Also during the presentation of the special Women in Union-Pilar Bardem award to ‘the actresses who changed the language of cinema in Spain’, a tribute to the work of the actresses who were decisive for the political, social and ideological change of the language of cinema in Spain during the last years of Francoism and the Transition.

Family photograph of the winners at the Union of Actors and Actresses awards gala.Juanjo Martín (EFE)

Among the most awarded titles of the night is Chinas, in the film category, which won the award for best supporting actress (Yeju Ji) and two in the revelation category (Julio Hu Chen and Xinyi Ye). On television, the series The Messiah she won two awards, best leading actress (Lola Dueñas) and best supporting actress (Gracia Olayo); little faith she took two in the categories of best supporting actress (Pilar Gómez) and best supporting actor (Jorge Basanta). The life is dream, in theater, he won two others: Alfredo Noval as best leading actor and Ernesto Arias, as best supporting actor.

The lifetime achievement award went to Gemma Cuervo, which recognizes the actress’ long career on stage, her dedication, commitment and passion during a life dedicated to acting. “Thank you dear companions, may we always be that: united companions (…) I adore you because together we make culture, together we save the theater. “I am so happy being an actress, on a board or on a stage,” she said.

Another tribute went to the American union SAG-AFTRA, organizer of the actors’ strike that stopped Hollywood for 118 days last year, to whom the Actors and Actresses Union granted another special award for its work in defending the rights of the artistic community. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, national executive director and chief negotiator of SAG-AFTRA, said when he went up to collect the award: “Last year saw one of the toughest battles our industry has ever faced (…) and we were able to unite and say ‘enough’. “Our strike actions rewrote the rules on how technology and artificial intelligence can be achieved.”

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