Penelope Cruz to Receive Honorary Cesar Award


Penelope Cruz is to be saluted for her award-winning career with the 2018 Honorary Cesar Award.

The Spanish actress, 43, will receive the award from bosses at France’s Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema at the 43rd Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris on 2 March (18).

In a press release, the French Academy’s president Alain Terzian praised her as the “muse of great filmmakers, a radiant Latin beauty,” and said she had the “ability to shine in both international productions and intimate films.”

He added, “Her interpretations are always precise and incandescent, whoever are her co-stars: from Johnny Depp to Hordi Molla, from Daniel Day-Lewis to Judi Dench, from Adrian Brody to Brad Pitt, or also (husband) Javier Bardem.”

Past honorees include George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep and Sean Penn.

Penelope won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in Woody Allen’s movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008.

In addition to starring in Hollywood movies, she is also a long-time muse of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, having starred in several of his movies since they first worked together on 1997’s Live Flesh.

Nominees for the Cesars, known as the French equivalent of the Academy Awards, will be announced in Paris on Wednesday (31Jan18).