Cate Blanchett praises Amodóvar and Penelope





For the first time in the history of the Goya Awards, Cate Blanchett has received the International Goya for “being an extraordinary figure in world cinema.” A new recognition from the Film Academy for “personalities who contribute to cinema as an art that unites cultures and viewers around the world.”

The actress began by thanking her in Spanish and joked that that’s all she knew about the language, but she hopes to “improve her level” when she starts shooting Manual for cleaning womenfilm by Pedro Almodovar.

Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar have been in charge of awarding this award, and Blanchett has shown great affection for them. “Receiving the award from these two people, who are not only two great communicators of Spanish cinema, but who are part of the cinema legend. They are quite an inspiration”, she pointed out.

Blanchett has praised both artists from the very beginning of her speech. “Working with the brain is also part of that craft, if you combine head, heart and hands you are an artist, and Pedro is,” she stressed. In the same way, she has wished Penelope Cruz the best of luck for her Oscar nomination.

He has also pointed out the “enormous luck” he has had in his career to work with great directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese or Todd Haynes. But above all, he celebrated the opportunity to “work with Pedro”.

We have found a way to accept uncertainty and encourage people to go to the movies

The actress has influenced the difficulty that the pandemic has posed for the world of culture and especially for the cinema. “I am very proud of what we have done as a sector internationally, to have found a creative way to continue working. When you work in this environment we share life with uncertainty, but we have found a way to accept uncertainty and encourage people to go to the cinema,” he said.

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Likewise, he thanked the Spanish Film Academy and added his desire to “pay tribute to the world of Spanish cinema” for having fought in these difficult months of the pandemic.

Similarly, Blanchett has revealed how learning about Buñuel’s work changed her way of seeing the world. “Since then I have been enormously attracted to the visual language of Spanish cinema,” she assured.

The Australian actress had already commented that cinema in Spanish has always seemed “essential” to him and that it has had a fundamental influence on himto. In the meeting with the media, before the Goya award ceremony began, Blachett mentioned several Spanish-speaking directors such as Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro or Alejandro Amenábar and, specifically, he dedicated numerous praises to Pedro Almodóvar .

Previously, the actress has been awarded several important prizes, among which her two Oscars for best leading actress stand out for blue jasmineby Woody Allen, and Best Supporting Actress for The Aviatorby Martin Scorsese. It also has three Golden Globes; three BAFTAs; and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Your current career

The actress is immersed in the pre-production of the series Disclaimer, directed by Alfonso Cuarón for Apple Plus, in which she will star and executive produce. She has just finished filming TAR, by Todd Field –who also produces and stars in– and Guillermo del Toro’s version of Pinocchiofor Netflix.

blanchett too is working with Almodóvar for the film Manual for cleaning womenan adaptation of Lucia Berlin’s book, produced by the actress’s company, El Deseo and Dirty Films, of which she is also founder and director.

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In addition, at the moment, he has some of his works on the billboard, such as the alley of lost soulsby del Toro (Searchlights Pictures), in addition to the film don’t look upby Adam McKay, available on Netflix.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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