Penélope Cruz has been honored with the 2022 National Film Award by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The jury has unanimously decided to award the award to the actress from Madrid "for the successes achieved in 2021, which join all those collected in an exceptional career".
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Last year, Cruz was the first Spaniard to win the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and got her fourth Oscar nomination thanks to Parallel Mothers, which was finally won by American actress Jessica Chastain. “Every time I have experienced it with incredible emotion, but today has been stronger for me. For being nominated together with Javier [Bardem]for being a film by Pedro [Almodóvar] and for the way of living that character. I need to process it." then declared to this newspaper.
The jury has pointed out other awards that "recognize her talent" such as the best female performance at Cannes along with the cast of Volver, the Oscar for best supporting actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the honorary Cesar, the Donostia Award at the San Sebastián, and the thirteen Goya nominations, “of which he has won three”.
The ruling has highlighted Penélope Cruz as "one of the visible heads of a generation, that of the 90s, which led to 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."