The historic night of Spanish cinema ended at half gas. our industry He arrived with four nominees for the Oscar ceremony, but only one could take the statuette. Was Alberto Mielgo, who with his brilliant windshield wiper He got a victory that tastes of poetic justice for all the Spanish short filmmakers who had been nominated for years and who never achieved victory. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Nacho Vigilando, Borja Cobeaga, Javier Fesser, Javier Recio, Esteban Crespo and Rodrigo Sorogoyen could not lift that statuette, but Mielgo did it by defeating the almighty Netflix, which was his main rival with Robin Robin.
Will Smith part of a smack in the face of Chris Rock and the night of the Oscars
The cowardice of the Academy, which delivered eight awards in a ceremony prior to the televised one, meant that Mielgo's award was not seen live and that everyone found out on Twitter. An anticlimactic victory that tarnished the historic moment for our cinema. When collecting the award, Mielgo highlighted that four of the works were for adults, which was important for a technique, animation, which is usually limited to productions for the whole family.
The illusions put for days in Penelope Cruz were completely diluted when Anthony Hopkins opened the envelope and announced the name of Jessica Chastain. The actress of The eyes of Tammy Feye left Penelope without her second award. A shame, because her work was the best of the five nominees, and because she would have put her name in film history alongside that of Sophia Loren, the only woman who has won the award for best leading actress for a performance not spoken in English.
It would also have been recognition for all her work with Pedro Almodóvar, who in Madres Paralelas has written one of her most demanding roles for her. The Academy once again rewards a biopic made by and for the display of its star -under layers of makeup and latex- instead of more complex and less accommodating interpretations. Of course, they continue betting on papers in English and produced within their borders.
Penelope Cruz's was the one that seemed the easiest. For weeks the main media have published the anonymous votes of several academics. In the vast majority of them the name of the Spanish came out. Even publications like Variety had changed her predictions at the last minute to bet on her. I hope there are more opportunities.
The one who had nothing to do was Javier Bardem, who during the previous one has always made it clear and has opted for his partner's prize. His role in Being the Ricardos is not one of his best performances and that award had Will Smith's name written on it for months. Smith won the award, and he did so minutes after crashing the ceremony and possibly sinking his career. The Williams Method actor stood up at a Chris Rock joke about his wife and slapped him live in front of the entire industry and millions of viewers.
The fourth Spanish nominee, Alberto Iglesias, could not win the statuette either. It was complicated despite the excellence of his work for Pedro Almodóvar in Parallel Mothers. His award was another of those harmed by the Academy's decision to give eight awards at a previous ceremony outside of direct. A decision that, furthermore, did not speed up the gala and only served to establish first and second prizes. His Oscar went to another master, Hans Zimmer, who achieved it for the soundtrack of Dune and who, despite being the composer of several of the most important recent music in cinema, only had one statuette in his possession, the one achieved in 1995 for the score of another classic, The Lion King.
Although the final loot seems disappointing, just the fact of having four Spanish nominees is a historical milestone within the reach of very few cinematographies. It is achieved in a year in which, in addition, Spanish cinema has also triumphed at the Berlinale, where Carla Simón won the Golden Bear for Alcarràs, and in which it seems that there will be a Spanish presence in all international competitions.