Oscar 2022: “The Good Patron”, “Night of Fire” and “Cathedral Square” pass the first cut


Spain, Mexico and Panama are still in the running for the Oscar after the Hollywood Academy will include “The Good Patron“, “Fire night” Y “Cathedral square“among the fifteen most voted films in the international category.

The institution announced on Tuesday its semifinalists in ten categories, including the best original soundtrack, where also the Spanish musician Alberto Iglesias placeholder image managed to be among the fifteen selected for their work in “Parallel Mothers“by Pedro Almodóvar.

With this process, the Academy carries out a screening that does not affect the interpretation categories.

The final nominations will be known on February 8.

Of the three proposals shot in Spanish, the one with the most chances of sneaking into the final five candidates is the Mexican film, according to the pools of the specialized press, although few bet on the Panamanian and the Spanish that, finally, passed the cut.

They will compete against critically acclaimed proposals such as the Italian one “The Hand of God“, the norway”The Worst Person in The World“and the Japanese”Drive My Car“, whose passage to the final is almost taken for granted.

However, one of the most controversial feature films of recent years is left out, the provocative “Titanium“, which despite winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival has not convinced Hollywood academics and leaves France without representation in these Oscars.

The selection of “Titanium“caused division in France, since the other applicant”Little mom“It is reaping more awards in the United States.

Something similar happened in Spain when the Film Academy he opted for “The Good Patron“, from Fernando Leon de Araona and starring Javier Bardem, instead of “Parallel Mothers“, from Pedro Almodovar.

The decision was reminiscent of 2002, when “Mondays in the Sun“was imposed on”Talk to her“and finally the first one was empty and the last one won an Oscar for best original screenplay.” Thank you very much for the trust placed, “Araona wrote on Twitter after meeting the semifinalists.

In contrast, the Danish “Flee“It will compete twice, since it passed the cut in the section for best international film and best documentary.


For their part, the rest of the semifinalists leave a handful of jobs with a Hispanic signature.

Alberto Iglesias placeholder image, a regular collaborator of Pedro Almodóvar, continues in the fight for the statuette by joining the group of fifteen selected for the soundtrack of “Parallel Mothers“.

The news will have a pull in the Spanish film world, since the Spanish Film Academy omitted his name in the nominations for the Goya, a decision criticized on social networks and publicly regretted Agustin Almodóvar, the brother and producer of Pedro Almodóvar.

And EU Iglesias has already won the Los Angeles Critics Award and he is one of the nominees for the Golden Globes in this category. There is also a Spanish short among the semifinalists, “Distances“, directed by Susan Bejar and shot in the Madrid metro.

Chile manages to pass the screening in the category of best animated short with “Beast“, which was presented at the Annecy Festival, while “Eagles“, an American short documentary shot in Spanish about the immigration drama will also fight for a definitive nomination.

The Oscars will be delivered on March 27 from the legendary Dolby Theater from Hollywood with a ceremony that hopes to return to the traditional format after the pandemic.



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