Noted Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba earned an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for directing the 1992 Spanish-language classic Belle Époque, which stars a young Penélope Cruz in one of her first films. Belle Époque received the Goya Award for Best Film, along with eight other Goya Awards, becoming one of the country’s most celebrated films. Trueba would earn a second Oscar nomination nearly 20 years later when he partnered with Spanish artist Javier Mariscal to co-direct 2010’s Chico & Rita, a Spanish animated feature-length film, which earned a Best Animated Feature nod. It was the first time a Spanish full-length animated film was nominated.
Best Foreign Language Film, Belle Époque, 66th Academy Awards, Won
Best Animated Feature, Chico & Rita, 84th Academy Awards, Nominated