ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - It has been announced that Penelope Cruz is to receive an honorary prize from France's Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43rd Cesar Awards on 2 March.
A statement released by the president of the academy Alain Terzian said:
"Penelope Cruz has the talent to shine in international productions as much as in [smaller] films, whether [she's working] for Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Sergio Castellitto, Fernando Trueba or Asghar Farhadi, with whom she has just wrapped Everybody Knows, which will come out in May.
Terzian also made reference to Cruz's working relationship with filmmakers Alejandro Amenábar and Pedro Almodóvar, with whom she has made several films, including All About My Mother, I'm So Excited! and Volver.
Her performance as Raimunda, a mother living in Madrid's suburbs, earned her the Best Actress prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar nomination.