Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Great News: Penelope Cruz’s Oscar Chances Leap After Winning Best Actress from National Society of Film Critics (Updating)


This is great news. The National Society of Film Critics has voted for Penelope Cruz for Best Actress in “Parallel Mothers.”

I said from the beginning she should win the Oscar. This ups her chances into the top 5, which now I think consists of Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Chastain, and Lady Gaga. (Sorry, Kristen Stewart fans.)

Pedro Almodovar, of course, wrote and directed “Parallel Mothers,” which wasn’t chosen by Spain as their official Oscar entry. But it should be a Best Picture nominee. Sony Pictures Classics must get this movie into voters’ hands and step up the press.

UPDATING winners from this group, Keep refreshing!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Ruth Negga, “Passing” — another great choice

BEST ACTOR, Hidetoshi Nishijima for “Drive My Car” — inspired choice


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY¬† Andrew Droz Palermo, THE GREEN KNIGHT — an offbeat choice

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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