8 Feb, 2022 @ 18:30
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Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz: Spain’s golden couple both nominated for Oscars as 2022 Academy Awards list revealed

Penelope Cruz And Javier Bardem Walk The Red Carpet Ahead Of The 'loving Pablo' Screening During The 74th Venice Film Festiva
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Loving Pablo' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 6, 2017 in Venice, Italy.

THEY already each have an Oscar to their name and now Spain’s golden couple are  both among those nominated for another at this year’s Academy Awards.

Javier Bardem has been nominated in the Best Actor category for his role as Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos while his wife Penelope Cruz goes up for Best Actress in Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers.

Bardem, 52, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his role as psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brothers’ modern western drama film No Country for Old Men

He has also been nominated two other times for Spanish language films, Before Night Falls (2000) and Biutiful (2010).

This is also the fourth Oscar nomination for Penelope Cruz,47, who in 2009 won Best Supporting Actress in Woody Allen’s Vicki Cristina Barcelona.

She was nominated for Best Actress in 2007 for the lead role in Almodovar’s Volver and Best Supporting Actress in 2010 for Rob Marshall’s music drama Nine.

The pair first met in 1992 when they starred together in Jamon Jamon but it wasn’t until they were reunited as on screen lovers in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona that their relationship blossomed.

Cannes: "everybody Knows" Photocall, Cannes, France 09 May 2018
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are each up for their second Oscar. Photo: Cordon Press

They got together at a wrap party when filming came to an end and three years later in 2010 they secretly tied the knot.

The pair have two children, son Leo, who was born in January 2011 and daughter Luna who arrived in July 2013.

Two other Spaniards are included in the list of this year’s nominations; Alberto Iglesias is nominated for Best Original Score for Parallel Mothers and Alberto Mielgo in the category of Best Animated Short Film for The Windshield Wiper.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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