Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, Oscar candidates in the year of ‘The power of the dog’ with 12 nominations

Spanish actors Penélope Cruz, for parallel mothers, and Javier Bardem, for Being the Ricardos, They have achieved this Tuesday two nominations for the Oscars, whose 94th edition will be held on March 27. For both it will be their fourth candidacy and they are the eighth pair of interpreters to do so at the same time, counting on the fact that this year Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst have also achieved it for dog power, this year’s favourite. The Netflix western by New Zealander Jane Campion has added 12 nominations, including best film, which again places the platform close to obtaining the most coveted award, which has resisted it in recent years despite competing with titles Directed by Martin Scorsesethe Irish), Alfonso Cuaron (Rome) and Noah Baumbach (story of a marriage).

The adaptation of the science fiction classic dunes has achieved 10 nominations, although its director, Canadian Denis Villenueve, has not been selected in his category. Steven Spielberg earns his eighth nomination as a director for West Side Story, his version of one of Hollywood’s classic musicals, which has received seven nominations.

Campion makes history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for a directing award twice. She is the only woman in the category, where she competes with Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Spielberg and Hamaguchi. In 1993, Campion failed to win the Oscar as director for The piano, but he did win it for his script for that film starring Harvey Keitel and Anna Paquin. Nearly 30 years after that, the New Zealander is also up for a statuette for her adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel.

It comes to Cruz for the second time with a character in Spanish (his first candidacy was in 2007 with Return, then he won it in 2009 as a supporting actor for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and would be a finalist again in 2010 with Nine). She thus joins the select club of actresses who have twice been nominated for an Oscar with characters who do not speak English: there are Sofia Loren, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Marion Cotillard. Penelope Cruz competes with Olivia Colman (The dark daughter), Jessica Chastain (Tammy Faye’s eyes), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Kristen Stewart (Spenser). Lady Gaga’s long-awaited nomination for her role in the gucci house did not arrive

Bardem won the Oscar in 2008 for No country for old men. He was also nominated for his work on Before Night Falls (2001) and Biutiful (2011). Now he competes for his interpretation of the Cuban actor and singer Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos, directed by Aaron Sorkin, opposite Denzel Washington, who plays Macbeth in Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic; Will Smith, in his third nomination, who gets into Williams method in the skin of Richard Williams, the father of the legendary tennis players Venus and Serena; and Benedict Cumberbatch, who went home empty-handed in 2015 despite being one of the favorites for the interpretation of Alan Turing, part of him as one of the favorites for the power of the dog. Andrew Garfield also gets into the hopefuls, giving two Netflix musical nominations Tick, tick… Boom!about Jonathan Larson the author of RentBroadway hit.

Among the finalists for the Oscar, the composer from San Sebastian Alberto Iglesias has also entered, who manages to be a candidate for the fourth time, this time for his score of Parallel mothers. And among the animated shorts is the Spanish production The Windshield Wipe, An inquiry into the work of love Alberto Mielgo, which premiered it at the Directors’ Fortnight at the last Cannes festival.

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The nominations deepen the internationalization of the Academy two years after the triumph of parasites. The powerhouse of Asian cinema is represented this year with a rare film for the industry’s biggest party: Drive My Car, a three-hour adaptation of three stories by Haruki Murakami, which has slipped between westerns and musicals and has won four nominations: best film, international film, best adapted screenplay and best director for Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.

The other pair of interpreters nominated this year, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, compete for their supporting roles in The power of the dog. Plemons is also up against fellow movie star Kodi Smit-McPhee, who won a Golden Globe for his performance. Troy Kotsur becomes the first deaf actor to receive a nomination for the film coda, from Apple. Ariana DeBose, winner of the Golden Globe, starts as the favorite for best supporting actress, which also includes Judi Dench (Belfast), Jessie Buckley (the lost daughter) and Aunjanue Ellis (Williams method).

the danish film flee It has also made history by testing the limits of genres. The film, about a gay refugee who flees Afghanistan with his family, is the first to compete in the categories of documentary, international film and animated film, a section almost always occupied by titles for children or family members. As an example, this year they aspire to the statuette CharmLuca and Raya and the last dragon, the three of Disney, and The Mitchells against the machines.

two caterpillarscomposed by Puerto Rican star Lin Manuel Miranda for Charm, and performed by Sebastián Yatra, is among the favorites for the best original song. Disney preferred to nominate her over another of her singles, There is no mention of Bruno, from the same production, which has become Disney’s first hit on the Billboard charts in decades. Be Alive, from The Williams method; down to joy, from Belfast, and Somehow you Do, from Four Good Days, in addition to no time to die, Billie Eilish’s theme for the latest installment of James Bond, are the rest of the candidates.

The pandemic has forced another low-key awards season. The push of omicron and delta variants erased the red carpets and traces of glamor that precede Academy Awards. Infections, however, have begun to decline and the organizers are counting on no new unforeseen events that derail plans for the face-to-face ceremony at the end of March at the Dolby Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The capital of industry is thirsty for a return to normality. Although this comes with the only victory that still resists Netflix.

The Spanish the good boss, by Fernando León de Aranoa, also starring Javier Bardem, has been left out of the competition for the award for best international film. In this section the aforementioned Drive My Car and fly, besides the Italian It was the hand of God, A Yak in the Classroom —first nomination for a film from Bhutan— and the norwegian The worst person in the world. The fiction short film will not finally opt for the Oscar either Distancesby the Spanish Susan Béjar, who was among the shortlisted.

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Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, Oscar candidates in the year of ‘The power of the dog’ with 12 nominations