Pedro Almodóvar returns to the Oscars. Pain and glory He has won a nomination for best international film on Monday, as announced by the Hollywood Academy. The filmmaker returns to the gala like this, with his most personal film, 17 years after the triumph of Talk to her, He won two nominations and won the award for best original screenplay, written precisely by Almodóvar. Incidentally, the director breaks a long famine of Spanish cinema at the Oscars: since the victory of Offshore, Alejandro Amenábar, in 2004, no national long had returned to be a finalist as the best foreign-speaking film. This is what the category was called until this year it has been renamed “international”, because the Hollywood Academy considers the word “foreigner” obsolete. The gala next February 9 will announce the winner: the favorite, and main rival of Almodóvar, is Parasites, South Korean Bong Joon-ho, who already took the Golden Globe in the same category. The fact that this movie also opt for a better film complicates Almodóvar’s film options. The polish Corpus Christithe Macedonian Honeyland and the french The Miserables complete the list in this category.
Antonio Banderas He has also been nominated for best actor for his role in the Almodóvar film, in which he plays the alter ego from the Manchego director. You can check all the nominations here.
When his candidacy was announced, Almodóvar was in London on a stopover of his flight back to Madrid from Los Angeles, where he had traveled on Saturday to collect two awards for Pain and glory, one of them from the critics of the city. From the airport, the Spanish director has issued a statement in which he says: “These nominations make me very happy. It is the final touch to the film’s career. Antonio has been part of my filmography and my life for more than 30 years, that he gets his first nomination for this film fills me with pride. “
It is the fourth time that the Spanish filmmaker reaches the final selection of the Oscars. At the 1989 gala, Women at the edge of a nervous attack He competed as the best foreign-speaking film, but the prize went to Pelle the conqueror, by Bille August. On his second visit, in 2000, Almodóvar took the Oscar in the same category for Everything about my mother. And, in 2003, Talk to her was awarded for her script but the prize for the best foreign film went to In a place in Africa, from Caroline Link.
Spanish cinema has won the Oscar four times for the best foreign-speaking film: in addition to Everything about my mother Y Offshore, they got the figurine Start over, by José Luis Garci, in 1983, and Belle Epoque, Fernando Trueba, in 1992. Only Italy, with 11 victories, and France, with nine, add more statuettes in this category.
Pain and glory tells the story of Salvador Mallo, a 60-year-old filmmaker and aching body and soul. The age, the regrets, an operation in the back, the isolation and the fear that a film will never roll again condemn the director to a melancholy that fails to shake. The protagonist, played by Antonio Banderas, is a alter ego Almodóvar himself, although the creator has clarified that the work is not self-fiction: he drinks from his life and his feelings, but from there he starts to novel another existence. There are, of course, similar similarities, to the point that the character has his hair and the house that inhabits the film is that of Almodóvar himself.
The Oscar nomination joins a long list of awards, what are they celebrating Pain and glory practically since its premiere: at the Cannes festival, Banderas received the award for best actor. The actor repeated at the European Film Awards, where the artistic direction of Antxón Gómez was also recognized. The movie has 16 nominations for the Goya awards, whose gala is celebrated on January 25, and will choose Bafta for the best foreign film, among other ceremonies.