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Meryl Streep for Princess of Asturias Award...and how Almodóvar fits in
Monday, May 1, 2023 @ 9:14 PM

THIS year's Princess of Asturias Arts Award winner has already been announced after her name was put forward by Spain's most famous living film director.

Hollywood legend Meryl Streep will be presented with the national Spanish answer to a Nobel Prize this autumn after she was chosen from a shortlist of 44 candidates from 20 countries.

Known for her lead rôles as the scary magazine boss in The Devil Wears Prada, the mum of the bride in Mamma Mia and as the Danish coffee plantation owner in the film version of Karen Blixen's autobiographical novel Out of Africa, Ms Streep has won just about every award in existence – several times.

But you can only ever earn a Princess of Asturias Award once – and it helps if Pedro Almodóvar votes for you.

The prolific cult director also won the Arts prize in 2006, but back then, it was the Prince of Asturias Award.

Since June 2014, there has been no such person as the Prince of Asturias; until then, this was King Juan Carlos I's son Felipe, who became King Felipe VI after his father abdicated nine years ago.

And Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia, have two daughters – their eldest, Leonor, is Princess of Asturias and first in line to the throne.

Her namesake awards are presented in the autumn, at around the time of her birthday – October 31 – and this year she will be celebrating her 18th either just before or just after the ceremony.

But award recipients are announced throughout the year, so they have plenty of time to work on their acceptance speeches.




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