The Spain-set thriller received nominations for best film, best director (Asghar Farhadi), best actor (Javier Bardem), best actress (Penélope Cruz), best original script, best original song (Javier Limón), best supporting actor (Eduard Fernandez) and best editing (Hayedeh Safiyari).
A thriller about corrupt politicians and a feel-good comedy about special-needs basketball players will face off at the Goya Awards, taking place in Seville on February 2.
With 13 nods, political thriller 'The Realm' led the nominations to the Goya Awards unveiled Wednesday in Madrid, followed closely by Spain's foreign-language Oscar nominee 'Champions', which received 11 nods.
Both will compete for best film against 'Everybody Knows', San Sebastian International Film Festival Golden Shell winner 'Between Two Waters', and 'Carmen and Lola' that premiered at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
In a noteworthy show for female directors, Arantxa Echevarria, whose 'Carmen and Lola' earned seven nominations, will face off against two other women for the best new director award, including 'Ana by Day's' Andrea Jaurrieta and Celia Rico Clavellino for 'Journey to a Mother's Room'. The other nominees are Cesar Esteban Alenda and Jose Esteben Alenda for love tale 'Sin Fin'.
'Champions' by Javier Fesser and 'The Realm' by Rodrigo Sorogoyen are both also up for best director, competing against 'Between Two Waters' by Isaki Lacuesta.
Echevarria will compete for the best original script Goya for 'Carmen and Lola' against Farhadi, Fesser and co-scripter David Marques, as well as Sorogoyen and co-writer Isabel Pena.
Best adapted script nominations went to Marta Sofia Martins and Natxo Lopez for comedy 'Jefe', Alvaro Brechner for 'A Twelve-Year Night', Borja Cobeaga and Diego San Jose for 'Superlopez', and Paul Laverty for 'Yuli'.
Javier Gutierrez, who plays a pro basketball coach facing tough-yet-hilarious life lessons when he's sentenced to community service coaching a disabled team in 'Champions', is nominated for best actor alongside Bardem, crooked politician Antonio de la Torre in 'The Realm', and veteran Jose Coronado as a father seeking vigilante justice in 'Your Son'.
De la Torre is also nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Uruguay-set historical drama 'A Twelve-Year Night', where he'll compete with Juan Margallo for 'Champions', Luiz Zahera for 'The Realm' and Eduard Fernandez for 'Everybody Knows'.
Some critics may miss director and script recognition at the Goyas for Carlos Vermut's well-received 'Quien te Cantara', which earned seven nominations, including nods in the female acting categories.
Facing off for best actress against Cruz are veterans Najwa Nimri, playing a singer with amnesia in 'Quien Te Cantara', and Lola Duenas for her role as a newly empty-nest mother in 'Journey to a Mother's Room', as well as Susi Sanchez from mother-daughter tale 'Sunday's Illness'.
Up for supporting actress are Natalia de Molina for 'Quien te Cantara', Carolina Yuste for 'Carmen and Lola', Anna Castillo for 'Journey to a Mother's Room' and Ana Wagener in 'The Realm'.
Many of the same films earned best new actor and actress nominations as well, including: Jesus Vidal and Gloria Ramos in 'Champions', Moreno Borja and two actresses, Rosy Rodriguez and Zaira Romero, for 'Carmen and Lola', Eva Llorach for 'Quien te Cantara', Francisco Reyes in 'The Realm', and Carlos Acosta as a young Cuban dancer in 'Yuli', one of this title's five Goya nominations.
Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' leads the nominees for best Ibero-American film, competing against Argentina's 'El Angel', Uruguay's 'The Twelve-Year Night' and Chile's 'Los Perros'.
Best European Award nominations came with no real surprise. They are for Pawel Pawilkowsky's 'Cold War', Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Phantom Thread', Lukas Dhont's 'Girl' and Sally Potter's 'The Party'.
Terry Gilliam's long-awaited 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote', a Spanish co-production, also earned five nominations, for original song, production design, art direction, hair and make-up and costume design. Concentration camp historical drama.
Hollywood Reporters, tellerreport.com and ISNA contributed to this story.