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Pretty Penelope Gets Honored

Last night AFI presented a tribute to Penelope Cruz for her latest film, Volver. She has walked the red carpet 101 times for this film but it paid off. Penelope is getting serious recognition for the role. Rumor is she may get an Oscar nom for this one. Eva Mendes, Eve, and BFF Salma Hayek all came to see the film and cheer on their pal Penelope. Here's more about the film:

The movie represents both a terrific coming of age and a chance to strut her stuff as a melodramatic diva and an earthy comedian. At 32 years of age, the actress makes a vibrant Raimunda, single mother to a teenage daughter, surviving on her own (with help from a bevy of fellow female hysterics and a ghostly mother) while stuffing a corpse into a freezer and hoarding the kinds of family secrets no Almodóvar movie can be without.

Cruz identifies very strongly with Raimunda. “She survived a lot of horrible things that have made her stronger, and she still has hope,” she says. “What I love about her is that she refused to become a victim.” Like her character, Cruz describes herself as “extremely strong for some things, extremely sensitive for others,” and, looking at that face, at once tentative, headstrong and vulnerable, one doesn’t doubt her.

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