From Penelope Cruz to Rachel Weisz to Emily Blunt what a weak class it is
Penelope Cruz, "Broken Embraces"
Previous nominations or wins:
Nominee, Best Actress, "Volver," (2007)
Won, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," (2008)
Pros: Cruz is the lone bright spot in longtime bff Pedro Almodovar's melodrama and singlehandedly makes the movie work. She's been nominated twice already and won once in the past three years which puts her in the Academy's favor.
Cons: She may be overshadowed by her musical turn in "Nine" (a supporting role). Moreover, "Embraces" is not considered one of Almodovar's best movies and there may not be enough of her in it to really land a best actress nod. She also just won a best supporting actress statue for "Barcelona" and members may decide she's gotten her due...for now.