the nomination options of Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz


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The race for the Oscar 2022 It has an important Spanish representation.
‘The good boss’

is on the list of 15 titles that compete for the award for best international film, ‘Parallel mothers’ has nomination options in various categories (mainly Best Music for Alberto Iglesias and Best Actress for Penelope Cruz) Y Javier Bardem aspires to achieve a candidacy thanks to his work in ‘Being the Ricardos’. This year it could be the historical circumstance that for the first time there were two Spanish interpreters at the Oscars, since Bardem and Cruz have never been nominated in the same edition.

Javier Bardem was nominated for the first time for his moving incarnation of the Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in ‘Before Night Falls’ (2000).

His second candidacy could have come from ‘sea inside’ (2004), a role for which he won the Colpa Volpi in Venice and was nominated for a Golden Globe, but the Academy preferred to bet on Clint Eastwood despite the fact that the protagonist of ‘Million Dollar Baby’ it hadn’t been garnered any major nominations during the entire awards season. Bardem’s second appearance at the Oscars ended with a victory: it was for ‘No country for old men’ (2007), the great winner of that edition. Finally, the actor from Madrid returned to step on the red carpet as a nominee thanks to ‘Biutiful’ (2010), directed by the Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

En ‘Being the Ricardos’, Bardem da vida a Desi Arnaz, protagonist of the legendary series ‘I love you, Lucy’. The choice of a Spanish actor to play a Cuban character generated some controversy, but Bardem’s nomination at the SAG Awards (the prizes awarded by the Screen Actors Guild) makes it clear that the industry has no problem with it. This year, the Oscar for best actor already seems to have a clear favorite: Will Smith (‘The Williams Way’), who scored an important win at the Golden Globes. However, you can’t rule out Benedict Cumberbatch for ‘The power of the dog’ (clear dominator of the critics’ awards) nor to
Andrew Garfield

for ‘tick, tick… Boom!’ (which won the Globe in the comedy or musical section). The room in contention is Denzel Washington (‘Macbeth’), an eight-time Oscar nominee as an actor, who also seems to have the job secured. Bardem is well positioned to take the last place in the quintet, although he has a tough nut to crack in Peter Dinklage (‘Cyrano’) and it is also not convenient to forget other names such as Nicholas Cage (‘Pig’), Bradley Cooper (‘The Alley of Lost Souls’) or Leonardo Dicaprio (‘Don’t look up’).

Like Bardem, Penélope Cruz also premiered at the Oscars thanks to a role spoken in Spanish: ‘Return’ (2006), despite the fact that the film Pedro Almodovar it was not nominated in any other category. Cruz was also the only representation at the Academy Awards for ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ (2008), the first film that Woody Allen shot in Spain. Kate Winslet (‘The reader’) was the top favorite for the award for best supporting actress but both the BAFTAs and the Oscars decided to nominate her as the leading lady, which facilitated Cruz’s victory. Just in case there was any doubt about how much academics liked Penelope, the proof came the following year when she earned her third nomination for ‘Nine’ (2009), despite the fact that the film was very poorly received by critics and that, beyond the category of best supporting actress, it only achieved nominations in technical sections.

Twelve years later, Cruz is back in the awards season thanks to ‘Parallel Mothers’. However, the list of Oscar contenders for best actress is much longer than that for best actor. Kristen Stewart (‘Spencer’) has swept the critics’ awards but her absences from the SAG Awards and the BAFTAs (the British Academy Awards) have jeopardized not only her status as favorite but also her place among the nominees for the Oscar. The top contenders for the award are now Nicole Kidman (Globe winner for ‘Being the Ricardos’), Olivia Colman (‘The Dark Daughter’) and Lady Gaga (‘The Gucci House’). Very well positioned to at least reach the nomination is also Jessica Chastain (‘Tammy Faye’s eyes’). If any of these five women ends up being left out of the Oscars, the possibilities are endless. Penélope Cruz is a firm candidate to give the surprise but we also have Jennifer Hudson (nominated at the SAG for ‘Respect’) and the protagonists of some of the most important films of the season: Alana Haim (‘Licorice Pizza’), Emilia Jones (‘CODA’) The Rachel Zegler (‘West Side Story’).

Bardem will arrive on the day of the announcement of the Oscar nominations endorsed by his nominations for the Golden Globe and the SAG and also for his spectacular year (to ‘Being the Ricardos’ we must add
‘The good boss’
Y ‘Dune’). For her part, Penélope Cruz has not been in any of the main precursors of the Oscars but has received an important boost from critics by winning the award for best actress in two of the most important associations: Los Angeles and the National Society. In addition, he took the Volpi Cup in the
venice festival
, an award that in recent years has gone to several women who ended up at the Oscars: Emma Stone for ‘La La Land’, Olivia Colman for ‘The favourite’ or Vanessa Kirby for ‘Fragments of a woman’.

Neither Javier Bardem nor Penélope Cruz will have an easy time getting a place among the nominees for the next edition of the Oscars. However, the Hollywood Academy has already amply demonstrated the love it professes towards these two Spanish performers, so no one should be surprised if on February 8 we end up hearing both of their names announced in the nominations.

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