Friday, September 29, 2006

Spain Embraces Almodovar -- Thanks But No Thanks

Almodovar felt snubbed by the Spanish film world when they ignored his movie "Bad Education." Now they've turned around and chosen "Volvere" as the Spanish entry for Best Foreign Film (shouldn't that be changed to Best International Film?) and all is well. Too bad for Almodovar: his movie is a serious possibility for Best Picture. But with the foreign film award virtually locked up, the Oscars will be far less likely to honor him twice. That's probably what stopped "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" from winning Best Picture over the ultimate champ "Gladiator." Everyone knew it would win Best Foreign Film so some probably skipped it when choosing Best Picture. Almodovar would have been better off getting snubbed again and leaving the path wide open to the biggest Oscar of all. No foreign film has ever won Best Picture.

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