Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Age: 34

Character: Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Synopsis: Two young American women, Vicky and Cristina, come to Barcelona for a summer holiday. Vicky is sensible and engaged to be married; Cristina is emotionally and sexually adventurous.

In Barcelona, they're drawn into a series of unconventional romantic entanglements with Juan Antonio, a charismatic painter, who is still involved with his tempestuous ex-wife Maria Elena.

Previous Oscar Wins: Penelope Cruz has no previous Oscar wins

Previous Oscar Nominations: But she does have a previous Best Actress nomination for her role in Volver.

Awards/Nominations for Film: For her performance she won the Bafta, Goya Award and was nominated at the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes.

Critics: 'But Bardem and Cruz create the comic fireworks, both looking like they are having fun as the nutty exes driven by fiery passion.' (Screen International)

'Whatever, the film belongs to Bardem and Cruz. This is a Spanish version of Private lives, a couple that cannot live apart or together, whose love will always burst into fiery combat. Their scenes are some of the funniest Allen has ever put on film, and the culmination of this love/hate tango is not to be missed.' (The Hollywood Reporter)

'The performances are all wonderful, but top honours go to the amazing Penelope Cruz.' (

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

Take a look at the other nominees:

Amy Adams

Marisa Tomei

Viola Davis

Taraji P.Henson


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