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Spain pays tribute to Penélope Cruz for her contribution to cinema


FILE – Penelope Cruz arrives at the Oscars on March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Oscar-winning actress Penélope Cruz has won one of Spain’s top film awards for her outsized contribution to Spanish cinema, the country’s culture ministry announced on Monday, June 6, 2022. The jury for the 2022 National Film Prize has been unanimous in its decision to honor the Madrid star.John Locher/John Locher/Invision/AP

MADRID (AP) — Penélope Cruz has won one of Spain’s top film awards for her contribution to Spanish cinema, the country’s culture ministry said Monday.

The 2022 National Film Prize jury was unanimous in its decision to honor the Madrid-born star, describing the 48-year-old Oscar winner in a statement as an “iconic actress whose brilliant legacy enriches Spain’s cultural heritage”.

“Committed to her profession, she seeks excellence in her work, allowing her to create some of the most unforgettable characters in the history of our cinema,” added the jury.


The recognition is the latest addition to Cruz’s long list of accolades, from the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” to top prizes at the Cannes and Venice Film Festival for her performances in “Volver ” and “Parallel Mothers”. ”

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez congratulated Cruz shortly after the award was announced.

“She is the embodiment of cinema, both Spanish and international,” Sánchez tweeted, citing her “tremendous talent and outstanding performances.”

Past winners of the award are actor Antonio Banderas and director Isabel Coixet.