MADRID, Spain.- The multi-award winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar praised the interpretation of the Cuban Ana de Armas when giving life to the mythical Marilyn Monroe in the film Blonde.
About his recent nomination Oscar for Best Actress, the director of films like high heels Y Everything about my mother he thought he could earn it.
“Ana deserves the Oscar. What she does as Marilyn is impressive, ”Almodóvar told the magazine Hello! during the red carpet of the Feroz 2023 awards.
However, he acknowledged that “there are two beasts, which are Michelle Yeoh and Cate Blanchett, who are going to make it difficult for them, but it is a role that deserves the Oscar.”
Asked if De Armas could be the new Penélope Cruz of Hollywood cinema, he replied: “I think the two (Ana and Penélope) can coexist, they are very different, they are going to work a lot, they are in a wonderful professional moment.”
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In addition to Blanchett and Yeoh, the 34-year-old is competing for the Oscar with Andrea Riseborough and Michelle Williams.
last octoberafter the success of Ana de Armas was made public, the Internet user @ElRuso4k raised the possibility that the actress took advantage of this international visibility to denounce the repression that is being experienced on the Island. However, many Cubans doubted it, since that the actress stays out of the situation in her native country.
During 2022 and so far in 2023, De Armas has topped the nomination lists in the category of best leading actresses at the main film awards.
In addition to the Oscar, for his role in Blonde she was nominated for the Golden Globes (for the second time in her career) and the BAFTAs. While the Australian actress Cate Blanchett triumphed at the Golden Globes for her performance in the film TÁR, the BAFTA is still pending (it will be announced on February 19). The Oscar ceremony will be held on March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.