The actress Penélope Cruz (Alcobendas, 48 years old) has been distinguished with the 2022 National Film Award, as reported on Monday by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in a statement. In a career spanning more than 30 years, the actress has won an Oscar, three Goyas, a César de Honor in France, a David di Donatello in Italy, a Donostia award, and has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. The prize is endowed with 30,000 euros.
The jury has unanimously awarded the award to the actress “for the successes achieved in 2021, which are added to all those collected in an exceptional career. Last year she became the first Spanish actress to win the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival. And her fourth nomination for her Oscar awards elevates her as the most nominated Spanish actress in history”. “As actors, we look for material that is challenging, characters different from ourselves and from what we have done. In my career, I have been lucky enough to find myself with several complex roles”, she assured in an interview with EL PAÍS in the last edition of Venice.
In addition, the jury has indicated that these awards are added to others that have already recognized her talent such as the award for best female performance at Cannes, along with her castmates from Returnfor which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 – an award she won in 2009 by Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona—, the honorary Cesar, the Donostia Award in San Sebastian, and the thirteen Goya nominations, of which he has won three.
“I start every shoot as if it were my first film. And sometimes boot days are a bit nerve-wracking. I feel fear, insecurity. But I don’t want to lose them, this job can’t be done without it. No two people are the same, so it’s a bottomless pit of searching and learning, and that’s what I like the most. Sometimes the period of preparation of the character gives you more happiness than the moment of doing it or seeing the result”, he told this newspaper in Venice in 2021 to summarize his way of approaching any project.
Also, the jury has highlighted Penélope Cruz as “one of the visible heads of a generation, that of the 1990s, which brought about a renewal of Spanish cinema, participating in many of the emblematic and internationally acclaimed films. Since then, her enormous talent and versatility have opened the doors for her to collaborate with filmmakers from all over the world, while also maintaining a firm link with Spanish cinema”.
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