Penelope Cruz to Get Honorary Cesar Award

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Penelope Cruz

The Oscar winner will receive the career honor during France's Academy Awards.

Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is set to receive an honorary Cesar, France’s top film prize, at this year’s Cesar Awards, the French Academy announced Monday.

Calling her a “muse of great filmmakers, a radiant Latin beauty,” academy president Alain Terzian said the Spanish star has the “ability to shine in both international productions and intimate films,” citing her roles in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Rob Marshall’s Nine, Kenneth Branagh’s The Orient Express and Sergio Castellitto’s Don’t Move, among others.

Though she is currently on small screens with American Crime Story: Versace, the Spanish star has long been a muse of director Pedro Almodovar's. The two collaborated on several films, including All About My Mother and Open Your Eyes, which was remade in English as Vanilla Sky. She won the best actress prize in Cannes for his Volver.

She received her Oscar for her work with Woody Allen on Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

She’ll next star in Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, which will be released in May and is tipped for a spot in Cannes.

The Cesar Awards ceremony takes place March 2 at Paris' Salle Pleyel.

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