Latin Post.com–Mexico is the top performing Spanish-speaking country at the Academy awards, but right behind the nation is Spain. The European country has been nominated 59 times at the biggest awards show in the film industry and has come away with 14 victories. The European giants are going to go home empty in 2015 with no victories, but the country’s performance is so strong at the Oscars that it is worth looking at how well the nation has done.
Spain has seen nominations in all four acting categories, but the big shocker is that all six have come from two actors. Javier Bardem and his wife Penelope Cruz have each managed three nominations apiece and both have managed one victory in the supporting categories. Bardem’s first nomination for lead actor came in 2000 for his turn in “Before Night Falls,” making him the first Spanish actor nominated in the category. He would become the first and only Spaniard nominated in the category when he managed a second nomination 10 years later for his turn in “Biutiful.”
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