Oscar Actors: Banderas, Antonio–Almodovar’s Pain and Glory (Cumulative Advantage)

José Antonio Domínguez Bandera was born August 10, 1960; he’s known as Antonio Banderas.

Banderas began his acting career with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar in the 1980s and then appeared in several Hollywood films, such as Philadelphia (1993), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Desperado (1995), Assassins (1995), Evita (1996), and The Mask of Zorro (1998).

He also appeared in the Spy Kids series and provided the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise as well as its spin-off film Puss in Boots.

Tony Award Nomination

In 2003, Banderas made his theatre debut as Guido Contini in the musical Nine, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award.

Emmy Nomination

He received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his roles in the TV film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2004) and the second season of Genius (2018). His portrayal of Pablo Picasso in the latter garnered him critical praise.

First Oscar Nomination at Age 59

For Almodovar’s 2019 autobiographical film, Pain and Glory, Banderas earned the Cannes Film Fest Award for Best Actor, and received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, at age 59.

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