At the Oscar Nominees Luncheon, the entire group of nominees were photographed together. Penélope Cruz was seen in two, one with everyone where she is seen by Anne Hathaway and Taraji P. Henson and one with all of the supporting actress nominees including Viola, Davis, Marisa Tomei, Henson and Amy Adams.
The upcoming issue of Vanity Fair features the annual Hollywood issue. Vanity Fair unveiled some of the images today and they are directors and their muses. Miss Cruz was photographed in a beautiful photo by Annie Leibovitz.
PENÉLOPE CRUZ and WOODY ALLEN, The Odd Couple
One film together: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
The archetypal Woody woman might be the over-educated, over-therapized yammerer—exemplified by Diane Keaton’s characters in Annie Hall and Manhattan—but another type of woman has also recurred in his work: the smoldering, emotionally volatile knockout. Think of Charlotte Rampling in Stardust Memories, Scarlett Johansson in Match Point, or, from Allen’s masterful short story “Retribution,” the Wasp goddess Connie Chasen, possessed of a “lewd, humid eroticism” and a body “the envy of a Vogue model.” In Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cruz takes on this assignment and then some—throwing in bits of Béatrice Dalle in Betty Blue and Emmanuelle Seigner in Bitter Moon for good measure. As María Elena, the tousled, pouty, impossibly sexy ex-wife of Javier Bardem’s painter character, Cruz is a whirlwind of carnality and psychosis. “You are de meesing ingredient,” she tells her ex’s new lover, an American naïf played by Johansson. “I get thees warm feeling when I hear you both locked in passion every night.” With Allen pulling the strings, you just know it’s not going to end well. Photographed at the Carlyle hotel, in New York City.
Miss Cruz is quite the jet setter these days. Today she’s in Hollywood, California for the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.
Madrid native Penélope Cruz picked a Goya for her role as supporting actress in the English-language Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the same role that earned her an Oscar nomination. The Goya Awards are known as “The Spanish Oscars”.
“I’ve always been a fan of Woody Allen, and that my peers honor me for a Spanish film made by him makes me very happy,” she said. “Thanks, Woody, for believing in me.”
Miss Cruz was ravishing in a floor length lace gown. Her sister Monica was also at the event.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is now available on DVD, Region 1. It was released this past Tuesday. Be sure to check out the film and Penélope Cruz’s fiery Oscar nominated performance as Maria Elena.
Below you can view some new stills from the film in celebration for the DVD release.
Competition between Hollywood actresses is often fierce. But Oscar nominees Penélope Cruz and Kate Winslet have struck up a surprisingly close friendship.
They have been on the phone daily, offering each other support in the run-up to the awards ceremony on February 22.
“Kate and I have become very close even though we have only met three times. Everyone likes to think there’s rivalry between us, but that’s not true.” – Penélope Cruz
Source: Daily Mail
Penelope Cruz has said that she drove Woody Allen crazy on the set of Vicky Cristina Barcelona by asking the director for more takes.
The actress claimed that she made Allen so mad that he had to run away on the final day, Metro reports.
“The last day I went psychotic and asked for ten more takes,” she said.
“When they were about to wrap the movie I always go into a crisis and I think this is it, I have no more chance to do anything else for the character.”
During his promotional tour for new movie Valkyrie in Mardrid, Tom Cruise has confessed he’s rooting for former flame Penélope Cruz to get an Oscar for her supporting role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Acording to agency AFP, Cruise stated he’s excited for the spanish actress’ second nomination to the prestigious award.
“It’s fantastic. I am very excited by her second nomination. I hope she wins.”
Penélope’s family was present at the Valkyrie premiere this Tuesday in Madrid.
In London recently was a private screening for Vicky Cristina Barcelona Private. Here are some photos of Cruz at the event.
Here are some photos of Penélope Cruz in a body-hugging silhouette in black velvet Alaia.
Here are pictures from The 2009 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Penélope Cruz was honored at SBIFF 2009 with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Saturday, January 24, at the Arlington Theatre.
Miss Cruz will will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday February 3rd. She will no doubt be talking about her Oscar nomination so definitely tune in!
The cinema has never been an equal opportunity employer. From the beginning, a special advantage has been reserved for those few humans whose faces look good projected at a hundred times life size. These rare creatures, the sight of whom casts a magic spell over millions worldwide, are blessed with more than symmetry, a healthy smile, bright eyes, and good skin. As any casting director will tell you, those highly desirable qualities are nevertheless barely enough to get someone an audition. With the great icons of the cinema, figures like Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, and now Penélope Cruz, a kind of poetry of the flesh must be present, lending an emotional resonance to their beauty that implies something mysterious and desirable beyond the surface, and constitutes the aura of the genuine star.