In the wake of the roaring success of his new Málaga theatre and its inaugural offering, a rendition of A Chorus Line directed and produced by none other than Antonio Banderas himself, the Málaga-born star has now also received his very first nomination for an Oscar.
The year has started well for Banderas, who has established himself as one of the leading Spanish and indeed European film stars of the past 25 years. Being nominated so shortly upon the success of his production of A Chorus Line makes these great times for the likeable star, and now he joins other Spanish luminaries such as Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in being nominated for his lead role in Pain and Glory – the Pedro Almodóvar film also nominated, for this year’s Best International Feature Film.
Banderas and Almodóvar know one another well, and the collaboration has produced earlier successes, yet they pale in comparison with the kudos already achieved by this nomination. There will be tough competition for the final award, but for Antonio Banderas and his home region of Málaga this is a golden age indeed.