MADRID (AP) — Penélope Cruz has received one of Spain’s top film awards for her contribution to Spanish cinema, the country’s culture ministry said on Monday.
The 2022 National Film Awards jury unanimously decided to award the Madrid star, calling the 48-year-old Oscar winner “an iconic actress whose illustrious legacy enriches the cultural heritage of Spain.”
“Dedicated to her work, she strives for excellence in her work, which allows her to create some of the most unforgettable characters in the history of our cinema,” the jury added.
This 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 honors at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals for her performances in Volver and Parallel Mothers. ”
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez congratulated Cruz shortly after the award was announced.
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“She is the epitome of cinema, both Spanish and international,” Sanchez tweeted, citing her “tremendous talent and exceptional acting.”
Past recipients of the award include actor Antonio Banderas and director Isabelle Coixet.
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