No Oscar for 'The Orphanage' but a likely Bafta for Bardem

21st January 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not seen fit to pre-select the Spanish movie El Orfanato (The Orphanage) for a Best Foreign Language Film award.

21 January 2008

MADRID - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not seen fit to pre-select the Spanish movie El Orfanato (The Orphanage) for a Best Foreign Language Film award. On Wednesday night, Hollywood released a list of nine movies that made the first cut among the 63 hopefuls: Les Faussaires (Austria), The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (Brazil), L'âge des ténèbres (Canada), Beaufort (Israel), L'inconnue (Italy), Mongol (Kazakhstan), Katyn (Poland), 12 (Russia) and The Trap (Serbia). The final list of five nominees will be made public on 22 January.

The news put an end to Spanish dreams of a new Oscar in this category, despite the good box office take of the film in the United States, where it made nearly USD 1 million in just 70 cinemas across the country. In Spain, El Orfanato was the third-most viewed movie in 2007 and made over EUR 19 million, just behind Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek the Third, according to the official numbers.

Juan Antonio Bayona's first feature film can still hope for a nomination in other categories, as was the case with Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, which ended up winning three Oscars last year for makeup, art direction and cinematography.

But it's not all bad news for Spain. Fresh from a Golden Globe win for his role in No Country For Old Men, actor Javier Bardem has chalked up another nomination, this time for the Bafta awards in Britain. Indeed, Bardem seems likely to get an Oscar nomination for his work with the Coen brothers, which has already earned him a host of Film Critics awards in Chicago, Boston, Florida, Dallas, Phoenix and New York. In the film, Bardem plays Anton Chigurh, a psychopathic assassin who goes on a rampage in Texas.

Meanwhile, the veteran composer Alberto Iglesias received a Bafta nomination for the soundtrack to Marc Forster's The Kite Runner. Iglesias was nominated for an Oscar for the 2005 film The Constant Gardener, by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles. Iglesias is also the composer with the most Goya award wins - seven - for his work for directors such as Julio Medem or Pedro Almodóvar, who won an Oscar in 2003 for best screenplay for Talk to Her.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / SUSANA URRA 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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