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Three Spanish films picked as pre-candidates for Oscars 2021
07 October 2020 @ 12:41

SPANISH films which won various Goya Awards have been nominated as pre-candidates for the 2021 edition of the Oscars – and their writers, directors, cast and crew will find out on November 3 whether they will get through to the final.

A total of 58 full-length feature films – 22 more than for the 2020 edition – were gunning for a place in the top three semi-finalists competing for Best International Film Award, and the Oscars next April could be the second on the trot with productions from Spain in the running, after a 16-year absence.

This year, cult director Pedro Almodóvar's semi-autobiographical Dolor y Gloria ('Pain and Glory') was nominated for Best International Film and its lead player, Antonio Banderas, up for Best Actor – the first time Spain made it to the last leg of the contest since The Others' director Alejandro Amenábar reached the final in 2004 with Mar Adentro ('The Sea Inside'), starring Skyfall villain Javier Bardem.

Nominee for the 2020 Goya for Best Direction for its creator Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia this year, and winner of Best Special Effects, El Hoyo ('The Platform') is one of the three pre-candidates for next year's Oscars.



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