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Penelope Cruz Takes on Kristen Stewart for Best Actress as This Year’s Oscar Race Goes Global

With several updates surrounding Oscar submissions for the Best International Film category, the season just got a little more complicated.

Penelope Cruz Takes On Kristen Stewart

While it’s far too soon to know which movies will win Oscars next March, we do know a few movies that won’t. For example, Pedro Almodovar’s maternal drama “Parallel Mothers” is out of the running for Best International Film after Spain selected a different film as its official submission, while Venice Golden Lion winner “Happening” lost its chance after France went with Palme d’Or winner “Titane” instead. In the case of the Almodovar film, however, the absence from one category only means that campaigns will accelerate in other ones, such as Best Actress — where Penelope Cruz will take on Kristen Stewart for her acclaimed performance in “Spencer”.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson survey these and other updates from the international side of Oscar season, while explaining the role that Academy members play now in the weeks leading up to the shortlist. They also share their thoughts on a pair of new releases, “Halloween Kills” and “The Last Duel,” as well as upcoming western-action saga “The Harder They Fall.”

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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