Thursday, January 22, 2009

Penélope Cruz nominated for an Oscar

The nominations for the 81st annual Academy Awards were announced a short while ago, and Penélope Cruz was one of the names called out. Pe is nominated for best supporting actress for her role as a troubled painter in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." This is Pe's second Oscar nomination, having previously been a best actress nominee for "Volver" in 2006. This year she will face previous supporting actress winner Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler"), Amy Adams ("Doubt") and Oscar first-timers Viola Davis ("Doubt") and Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").

The only other Hispanic to receive a nomination was the USA's Frank A. Montaño, for best sound editing on the film "Wanted." Montaño shared the nomination with his colleagues Chris Jenkins and Petr Forejt.

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis and former best actor Oscar winner Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") announced the nominees today just before dawn in Los Angeles. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 22 and televised worldwide. Actor Hugh Jackman will be this year's host.

For a complete list of the nominations, click here.