Almodovar, 54, insists he was astonished by the choice after a long-running feud with the judging committee. Last year, he quit the Spanish Film Academy in a feud over voting procedures and how Spain's candidate for the Oscars was chosen.
He says, "I am extremely happy. Of course we have the possibility of winning."
Cruz plays a young mother whose own mom returns from the dead in the movie, which has already won awards at this year's Cannes Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival.
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