‘The good boss’ and Alberto Iglesias pass the first screening of the Oscars | Cinema in the SER | Present

The race for the next Oscars is narrowing, at least in some key categories for the aspirations of Spanish cinema. ‘The Good Pattern’, the film selected by the Spanish Film Academy, is among the 15 finalists for best international film. In this way, the first cut stipulated by the Hollywood Academy has passed and will have options to be among the five final nominees.

Competition for Fernando León de Aranoa’s black comedy is tough. Among the films chosen there are titles that are having a great presence in the awards of associations and critics. The favorite today is ‘Drive my car’, by Japanese Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, with options even to be a candidate in important categories such as script. There is also ‘It was the hand of God’, by Paolo Sorrentino, the Austrian ‘Great Freedom’, the Danish ‘Flee’, the Norwegian ‘The worst person in the world’ or the Iranian ‘A hero’, by the renowned and Oscar-winning Asghar Farhadi . The one that has been left out of this list has been the brand new Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival, ‘Titane’, by Julia Ducournau.

The great asset of ‘The Good Patron’ is its protagonist, Javier Bardem, a well-loved artist who is raffled off in Hollywood. He himself, together with León de Aranoa, has campaigned in the United States in programs such as ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘from CBS.

Who has many possibilities of being among the five definitive nominees is Alberto Iglesias. The composer competes for the score of ‘Parallel Mothers’, which incidentally has not been nominated for the Goya, and has already achieved several recognitions on the American circuit. The last one from the Los Angeles critics last weekend ahead of Jonny Greenwood, author of the music for ‘Spencer’ and ‘The power of the dog’.

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A Spanish short also appears in the list provided by the Hollywood Academy of the categories that face this first screening. It is titled ‘Distances’ and it is signed by Susan Béjar. As explained on their website part of this premise: Sometimes, in the subway, someone who looks crazy enters, and a void begins to create around them. But what if instead of withdrawing, you chose to treat him normally? Perhaps you would discover that inside it lives someone who was once sane. Or maybe you would discover, that deep down, we are all crazy. And it stars Ana Villa and Edu Rejón.

This first filter does not imply that other Spanish productions cannot be candidates. For example, Penelope Cruz aspires to sneak into the nominees for best leading actress and Pedro Almodóvar, whose film opens just at Christmas in the US, could be nominated for screenwriting. These categories work independently of what is sent by each country, in fact, in 2003 ‘Los Mondays al Sol’, by Fernando León de Aranoa, was the candidate from Spain and was not nominated and the La Mancha filmmaker ended up winning the Oscar for best original script with ‘Talk to her’.

The next dates marked on the calendar are February 8, the day the nominees will be announced -5 per category-, and March 27 when the most prestigious awards in cinema are finally delivered.


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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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