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Bardem, a best supporting-actor Oscar winner for No Country for Old Men in 2007, and two-time best actor Oscar nominee —— for Biutiful in 2010 and Before Night Falls in 2000 — reteams with his Loving Pablo director Fernando León de Aranoa for The Good Boss, a darkly comic satire, in which he plays the patron of a family-run factory struggling with economic woes, disgruntled employees, and growing culture clashes. The Good Boss had its world premiere at the San Sebastián Festival.
The film beat out some tough competition from Spain this year, including Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers, starring Penélope Cruz, and the crowd-pleasing Official Competition, featuring Cruz and Antonio Banderas, both of which premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival.
In the case of Parallel Mothers, the Spanish Film Academy, which puts forward the national candidate for best international feature, could be betting Almodovar and Cruz will be able to secure Oscar nominations on their own. Interestingly, the same director/actor team behind The Good Boss was also behind 2002’s Mondays in the Sun, which was infamously submitted by Spain over Almodovar’s Talk to Her. The Good Boss was not nominated, but Almodovar won the best original screenplay Oscar.
The shortlist for the 2022 Oscars will be unveiled on Dec. 21. Nominations will be announced on Feb. 8. The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27.
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