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Almodovar and Banderas, on the “takeoff ramp” for the Oscar Awards

Los Angeles (USA) / There are more than three months left for the Oscars, but in Hollywood, patience is not much appreciated. There are names of the possible nominees, the forecasts fly and in all pools the Spanish film “Pain and Glory” appears as one of the great aspirants in the category of best international film.

All this helps explain that Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas were invited by the Hollywood Academy to the Governors Awards, which were held today in Los Angeles (USA).

This gala, more intimate and less media than the Oscars (not broadcast on live television), serves to deliver the honorary awards of the Academy, which this time went to David Lynch, Wes Studi, Lina Wertmüller and Geena Davis.

But in Hollywood circles, this ceremony means something else: the unofficial start of the awards season.

Thus, the list of stars that went through the red carpet of the Governors Awards today is similar to that of potential nominees for this year’s statuettes: Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Renée Zellweger, Greta Gerwig, Eddie Murphy, Charlize Theron, Jordan Peele, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Pattinson

… and Almodovar and Banderas, who aspire with “Pain and glory” to be candidates for best international film but who could surprise and sneak into other categories as a better actor (difficult but not impossible for Malaga) or better original script (section in which he already won the Manchego by “Talk to her”).

“One of the reasons to be here is to make me visible because you have to be visible these months,” Almodovar confessed to EFE on the red carpet.

“But there are 93 films (selected by each country) that compete to be among the five nominees. So, from what I read, I know that ours is very prominent (…). Everything we receive is hyperbolic and we are delighted, but it is a mystery about nominations”, he said cautiously.

“Pain and glory” at the New York Film Festival

“Pain and glory” has had a promising tour in the US, where foreign films do not usually have a notable reception.

It went through the New York Film Festival, in which has the support in distribution of Sony Pictures Classics and had a great premiere: it was only seen in four cinemas in its first week, but achieved $ 160,000 in total ($ 40,000 per cinema is a very good record for a limited release in just a few markets).

The luck of the Oscar

And now, it is the turn to grease the promotion in Los Angeles, where the luck of the Oscars is played in large part and where Almodovar and Banderas participated on Saturday in three screenings, one of them in the Academy.

“It always amazes me that my films are so well understood in the US. In this case, it is a movie in which I put part of my biography (…). And it is very pleasant to see that people get excited and see their mother, not mine. When that happens, it’s wonderful and very flattering”, he said.

Interestingly, just after saying goodbye to EFE, Almodovar found himself on the red carpet today with Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean master who with “Parasite” slightly exceeds in the bets on “Pain and glory” in the Oscar race.

The two directors greeted each other in a very affectionate and affectionate manner.

The prudence of Antonio Banderas

For his part, Banderas, an entire Hispanic figure in Hollywood, gave EFE his recipe to appease premature euphoria.

“With a lot of prudence, I think it’s how you should receive these things,” he said.

“My life is full of pools in different directions and then some are fulfilled and others are not. Therefore, we have to do the work that needs to be done, which is to present our film and promote it (…), to deal with it, because it is worth it, and then it will be the voters who will say whether we enter the lists or not. Point.”, he added.

The actor, who was today with the composer Alberto Iglesias and producer Agustin Almodovar, another of the illustrious ambassadors of “Pain and Glory,” said the reception in the US is being “spectacular”

And he also described his exciting feelings after promoting the film in Los Angeles for the awards.

“We know that there are many members of the Academy supporting the film very strongly. Yesterday (on Saturday) we had the pass precisely at the Academy and the film was received with a closed ovation. And then, in the colloquium, because it shows the interest that the film shows” he said. (October 28, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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tanto Almodóvar como Banderas fueron invitados a los Premios Gobernadores.
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la Academia anunció oficialmente que tanto Banderas como Almodóvar están nominados a los Óscar.
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tanto Almodóvar como Banderas fueron galardonados en los Premios Gobernadores.
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Sobre 'Dolor y Gloria' se dice que... (About 'Pain and Glory', it's said that...)
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será proyectada en un festival de cine que tiene lugar en la capital de EE.UU.
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hay quienes apuestan a que estará nominada a los Óscar.
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apenas tuvo una buena acogida cuando se estrenó en EE.UU.
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Según el texto, Almodóvar... (According to the text, Almodovar...)
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no llegó a ver al cineasta Joon Ho en los Premios de los Gobernadores.
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afirmó que parte de su vida se encuentra reflejada en su última película.
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no le sorprende para nada que sus películas se entiendan perfectamente en EE.UU.
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considera que hay que tomarse la buena aceptación de este filme con prudencia y cautela.
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tiene muchas dudas de que haya algún miembro de la Academia que le guste ese filme.
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está completamente seguro de que estará nominado en los Óscar.
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