After suffering the ravages of the pandemic and the oblivion of Hollywood, the Film Academy recovers the formula that has worked best for it in recent years. Betting on prestigious international filmmakers, in addition to a guarantee to be heard (and seen) all over the world, also helps to gain a place in the great prizes.
In this sense, the academics have chosen ‘Parallel Mothers’, ‘The Good Patron’ and ‘Mediterranean’ as the pre-candidates to represent Spain in the Oscars, whose ceremony will be held on March 27, 2022. Three titles announced by the actress Verónica Echegui who, unlike last year, have not yet started their journey in commercial rooms. The final candidate of the 48 feature films that have competed will not be known until next October 5.
It is not surprising that Pedro Almodóvar’s new film, ‘Parallel Mothers’, returns to the fore, as it was with his previous work, ‘Pain and glory’, with which Spain broke the curse that kept it away from nominations for the Oscar for more than a decade.
Another pattern is also repeated. If in ‘Pain and Glory’ it was Antonio Banderas who, after being recognized at the Cannes Film Festival, entered the fight for the statuette for his role as the alter ego of the Oscar-winning director from La Mancha, it is expected to repeat this year with another of our most international actresses, Penelope Cruz, friend and fetish actress of the filmmaker, who has just been awarded the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her role in ‘Parallel Mothers’.
Speaking of patterns, the Film Academy has not been able to ignore another of the most fertile relationships in the homeland industry. Fernando León de Aranoa and Javier Bardem meet again three years after doing it in ‘Loving Pablo’, prolonging a successful collaboration that boasts several Goya awards but, for now, no Oscars. In ‘El buen patrones’ Javier Bardem puts himself in the shoes of a Spanish businessman who will do everything possible to carry out his business.
Both Bardem and Cruz are the only two Spanish interpreters with a statuette, something that paves the way in the race for the coveted award. The actor, who accumulates three nominations, won the Oscar for best supporting actor in 2007 for ‘No country for old men’, while his wife, with three other nominations, raised the same award two years later for ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ .