Pedro Almodovar's VOLVER and AGUSTIN DIAZ YANES' ALATRISTE are the leading contenders for Spain's Goya Awards, taking 14 and 15 nominations respectively.
The two movies will go head-to-head at the end of January (06) in the Best Film and Best Director categories.
Guillermo Del Toro's PAN'S LABYRINTH - which picked up 13 nominations - and MANUEL HUERGA's SALVADOR - with 11 nominations - are also up for Best Film and Best Director.
Volver and Pan's Labyrinth - Spain and Mexico's respective entries for next year's (07) foreign-language Oscar - are both up for Best Script, alongside DANIEL SANCHEZ ARVALO for DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK and JORGE SANCHEZ CABEZUDO for THE NIGHT OF THE SUNFLOWERS.
Penelope Cruz is nominated for Best Actress (Volver) alongside Maribel Verdu (Pan's Labyrinth), MARTA ETURA (Darkbluealmostblack) and Silvia Abascal (LA DAMA BOBA).
Volver dominates the Best Supporting Actress nominations with Carmen Maura, BLANCA PORTILLO and LOLA DUENAS all in the running, as well as Ariadna Gil (Alatriste).
American-born actor VIGGO MORTENSSEN and German DANIEL BRUHL are named in the Best Actor category for Alatriste and Salvador respectively, alongside Sergi Lopez (Pan's Labyrinth) and Juan Diego (LEAVE ME).