PAIN AND GLORY

Antonio Banderas

Salvador Mallo, a renowned film director in physical decline, revisits his past: his childhood with his mother, his first desire, his first adult love and breakup, and the early discovery of cinema.

UNLIKELY

Joaquin Phoenix all but has this category locked up and, if he doesn’t, Adam Driver seems to be the likely contender to upset. The experts place Antonio Banderas right in the middle, so he’s still in the conversation, but chances still aren’t great. The fact that he got a nomination from a performance in an international film that hasn’t even had much support is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Antonio Banderas

NONE

Spain

POSSIBLE

Just like Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best International Feature Film is basically locked as well, with “Parasite” being the absolute favorite, not only here but everywhere, so much so that it could translate into a Best Picture win. There’s no way there will be an upset but if by some miracle there is, I guess “Pain and Glory” would likely be the next in line.

Spain

1958 (31st)Best Foreign Language Film“La Venganza”NOMINEE
1961 (34th)Best Foreign Language Film“Placido”NOMINEE
1963 (36th)Best Foreign Language Film“Los Tarantos”NOMINEE
1967 (40th)Best Foreign Language Film“El Amor Brujo”NOMINEE
1970 (43rd)Best Foreign Language Film“Tristana”NOMINEE
1972 (45th)Best Foreign Language Film“My Dearest Señorita”NOMINEE
1977 (50th)Best Foreign Language Film“That Obscure Object of Desire”NOMINEE
1979 (52nd)Best Foreign Language Film“Mama Turns a Hundred”NOMINEE
1980 (53rd)Best Foreign Language Film“The Nest”NOMINEE
1982 (55th)Best Foreign Language Film“Volver a Empezar (‘To Begin Again’)”WON
1983 (56th)Best Foreign Language Film“Carmen”NOMINEE
1984 (57th)Best Foreign Language Film“Double Feature”NOMINEE
1987 (60th)Best Foreign Language Film“Course Completed”NOMINEE
1988 (61st)Best Foreign Language Film“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”NOMINEE
1993 (66th)Best Foreign Language Film“Belle Epoque”WON
1997 (70th)Best Foreign Language Film“Secrets of the Heart”NOMINEE
1998 (71st)Best Foreign Language Film“The Grandfather”NOMINEE
1999 (72nd)Best Foreign Language Film“All about My Mother”WON
2004 (77th)Best Foreign Language Film“The Sea Inside”WON

RELEASE DATE
October 4, 2019

DIRECTOR
Pedro Almodóvar

SCREENPLAY
Pedro Almodóvar

STUDIO
Sony Pictures

R
(for drug use, some graphic nudity and language)

DRAMA
113 minutes

OSCARS CHALLENGE
Viewed on February 1, 2020
Streamed on MacBook Pro

FILMS LEFT

19

DAYS LEFT

9

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