A soupçon of Cruz in ‘Nine’

Posted by · 9:08 am · November 13th, 2009

Thanks to AwardsDaily for pointing out this tiniest of glimpses of Penélope Cruz singing and dancing her perfectly formed butt off in “Nine.”

With such a cluttered field, I’d been leaning towards the idea of none of the actresses from the film’s formidable ensemble making the Best Supporting Actress cut, but this hints at the kind of onscreen barnstorming that is catnip to the actors’ branch.

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  • 1 11-13-2009 at 9:24 am

    Cameron said...

    Wowsers. Catnip indeed, Guy.

  • 2 11-13-2009 at 10:32 am

    Derek said...

    She really sizzles in this number. I mean, REALLY. The rest of her performance is good, but not nearly as good as during the musical number. I have reservations on whether it’s enough to get her nominated (plus, she disappears pretty early on and doesn’t really return), but if voters remember how amazing that number is (again, I have reservations; it’s the second musical number – a lot happens between that and the end of the film), she could be in.

  • 3 11-13-2009 at 10:53 am

    Me. said...

    She’s in.
    The end.

  • 4 11-13-2009 at 12:04 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    I suppose the danger could be that they could cancel each other out, being in the same category and film, and having limited screen time (presumably) but on the other hand, if Queen Latifa could get a nomination for Chicago, I can’t imagine this not getting a Support Actress nomination if it is well received.

  • 5 11-13-2009 at 12:44 pm

    Ally said...

    People seem to be declaring that the Oscar is Mo’Nique’s…but I’m one of the few who really believe Cruz has a very good chance.

    Her character’s crazy mistress is very complex, and she has one of the most sexual and memorable numbers in the play. She easily can turn on voters (contrast that to Mary Jones). Test screeners have consistently said Cruz is the best (also Cotillard) and that she steals every scene she’s in.

    That and Cruz’s character has won the Tony on Broadway. Oscar loves tony-winning musical supporting female performances (following the footsteps of Velma Kelly & Effie White perhaps?) .

    Just because Cruz won last year doesn’t mean she can’t repeat. Supporting actress is the only acting category where there has not been two back to back wins by an actress before.

  • 6 11-13-2009 at 1:18 pm

    Maxim said...

    I saw this twice with sound and I don’t know. I’m just not seeing it.

  • 7 11-13-2009 at 2:58 pm

    Andrew R. said...

    Love this. Can’t wait till she’s spreading her legs though while singing “Coochie, coochie, coochie coo…”

  • 8 11-13-2009 at 3:08 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Andrew: That happens?! I really don’t know this musical.

  • 9 11-13-2009 at 3:34 pm

    daveylow said...

    I’m very familiar with this number. This is awful at least in this snippet.

  • 10 11-13-2009 at 3:35 pm

    Andrew R. said...

    Yup, you should definitely check out Jane Krakowski’s performance on youtube. It’s a different interpretation involving sheets and telephone chords but both rely on the sex aspect quite a bit.

  • 11 11-13-2009 at 6:14 pm

    Katie said...

    I don’t know, am I the only one who thinks this is meh?

    Definitely not worthy of a nom. It’s kind of mediocre.

    Obviously, we need to see the rest to really determine what is the what.

  • 12 11-13-2009 at 6:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I did say “hints,” people. 20 seconds is obviously no basis for worthy/not worthy claims.

  • 13 11-13-2009 at 6:52 pm

    The Dude said...

    Good Lord. I wasn’t planning on seeing this (I’m not big on musicals and I’m not as impressed with Rob Marshall as some critics are), but DAMN that was hot! She coulda been singin’ the phonebook and I wouldn’t have cared…

  • 14 11-13-2009 at 11:28 pm

    Glenn said...

    I love how people are saying she’s “in” and “out” based on 20 seconds of footage. Yikes.

  • 15 11-14-2009 at 12:32 am

    John said...

    I saw the movie a week ago at a test screening and Penelope is fantastic in it. She has a great shot at a nomination.

    Also, Marion Cotillard is stellar, too, and her best actress category placement maybe isn’t as stupid as it sounds because she definitely has the most screen time out of any of the actresses.

  • 16 11-14-2009 at 12:36 am

    John said...

    p.s. the one actress who really is going to blow people away is Kate Hudson. Her number was nearly unanimously declared the most memorable of the whole movie.

  • 17 11-14-2009 at 8:39 am

    Me. said...

    Oh I’d LOVE to see her win Again. She’s my favorite actress of the decade with Marion Cotillard. To think they’re both in the same movie is astounding!