Photo: Penelope Cruz
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz will be one of the presenters during the Feb. 26 Oscar awards ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.
Cruz, the winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), will join the artists who will participate in the gala, a group that includes Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry and Cameron Diaz.
The Madrid native has become a regular at these award ceremonies, having also been nominated for her work in “Volver” in 2006 and in “Nine” in 2009.
Among the Latino nominees at this year’s Oscars are Mexico’s Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), who is in the running for Best Actor, and his countryman Emmanuel Lubezki, who will vie for the golden statue for Best Cinematography for “The Tree of Life,” as well as Argentine-born Berenice Bejo, who is up for Best Supporting Actress for “The Artist.”
Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias has been nominated in the Best Music (Original Score) category for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
Also, Spain’s “Chico & Rita” was nominated for Best Animated Feature.