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Why Was "Volver" Snubbed by Oscar?

by Anthony Kaufman
January 23, 2007 3:33 AM
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At Cannes, people were calling Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" his most accessibe film in years. Some critics thought it was too mainstream, lacking the formal edge and experimentation of his last few works. But that made it all the more loved by the general audience. So why, oh why, did this most admired of Almodovar melodramas not make the final Oscar five? One can only blame the foreign language branch of the Academy or the new voting rules -- which one would have expected would actually create a better batch -- or simply bad taste. Further evidence of the foreign-language category still being awry is that Penelope Cruz was nominated for best actress for her work in "Volver." To me, that cries disconnect. I can only suspect that Harvey Weinstein did some backroom dealing to get the mediocre "Days of Glory" into a spot that should have gone to "Volver."

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