Tom Cruise supports Penelope Cruz’s Oscar bid

Depending on your perspective on Tom Cruise’s popularity, his endorsement could go either way. But that hasn’t stopped Tom from declaring his support for Penelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. Penelope is a in a pretty tight race with Viola Davis and Amy Adams for Catholic-drama Doubt, Taraji Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler). This category is actually up in the air – no one has a really great shot at it, and will most likely be one of the big surprises come Oscar night.

So is it a polite, sweet gesture that Tom Cruise is publicly supporting his ex-girlfriend Penelope Cruz? I can’t tell. He was in Spain when he made the comments, and he’s still promoting the hell out of Valkyrie. One thing I’ll give Cruise – he really fulfills his publicity requirements to the fullest.

US star Tom Cruise said Tuesday he hopes Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, a former girlfriend, will win the Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.

“It’s fantastic. I am very excited by her second nomination. I hope she wins,” he told reporters in Madrid, where he is promoting his new film “Valkyrie,” when asked about Cruz’s best supporting actress nomination.

Cruz’s family attended the Spanish premiere of the movie, about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler, at Madrid’s Teatro Real on Tuesday, Spanish media reported.

Cruise, 46 and Cruz, 34, met on the set of the 2001 film “Vanilla Sky”.

The couple, who spent long periods apart while filming, broke up at the end of January 2004, Cruise’s sister and publicist, Lee Anne DeVette, said at the time.

In an interview published Saturday in Spanish newspaper El Pais, Cruz said she wants to leave Los Angeles and divide her time between New York and Madrid.

“After a number of years in Los Angeles, I no longer want to live here, It will be better if I share my time between New York and Madrid, where my family is,” she said.

Cruz was nominated for best actress in 2007 for “Volver,” by Spanish director and longtime career mentor Pedro Almodovar.

The 81st annual Academy Awards will be held on February 22 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater.

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I have to give Penelope some credit too – she’s never really discussed in detail what happened between her and Cruise. The rumor at the time was that they were having difficulties with the long-distance thing, and she went off with Matthew McConaughey while they were filming Sahara.

Call me an old romantic, and accuse me of buying into Tom Cruise’s career resurgence a little, but I think Tom was really genuine in publicly stating his support for Penelope. And it is sweet, in my book. Praise Xenu!

Tom Cruise is shown at the Spanish premiere of Valkyrie on 1/27/09. Penelope Cruz is shown out with Harvey Weinstein in London on 1/28/09. Credit: WENN

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  1. Keekee says:

    Interesting how once Tom’s exes get out of his shadow they go on to get Academy Award nominations/wins. hmmmmm

  2. geronimo says:

    Oh sure, he was probably completely sincere but who needs a Cruise endorsement? She’s lovely, very popular, by association Tom (in Tom’s mind) is now lovely and very popular.

    I’d be happy to see either Marisa Tomei or Penny Cruz win.

  3. Mairead says:

    Sure why wouldn’t he? I hope she wins too – even though I’ve seen none of the nominated films.

    She’s an amazing actress when she gets a good role and her performance in Volver was spectacular (and my bias as a fan of Almodovar has honestly nothing to do with that) was worthy of an Oscar. God, when she sang Volver and the tear ran down her eye, there were eyes all over the cinema also tearing up.
    It just seems that year, Helen Mirren was more worthy.

    Plus Tom was being interviewed in Madrid… he wouldn’t get away with his life for not supporting her there!
    You’re right about his work ethic Kaiser, the man is a grafter.

  4. Sauronsarmy says:

    Damn, I forgot they even dated.

  5. vdantev says:

    After her 250,000 dollar ‘donation’ to the CO$ of course

  6. Kaiser says:

    I’m kind of rooting for Viola Davis, but I’d be happy if Penelope won.

    I don’t think Amy Adams deserves it, though.

  7. Ned says:

    Penelope made a career out of dating famous and successful men in the film industry.

    First in the Latin industry and when she wanted to make it in Hollywood, she dated Tom.

    So, at least she is getting something back for her hard work in dating for career purposes.

  8. Ned says:

    I think he has lost his credibility when he took a (fame & gold-digger) trophy wife and made his private like a publicity material- a la- Brangelina.

  9. Mairead says:

    Oh meow Ned. Can’t you for once give credit where it’s due? Or does everything always have to revolve around shagging?

    I defy you to watch Volver and not think she did a smashing job.

    Besides, Tommy lost his credibility on Far and Away.

  10. Kaiser says:

    Because everbody loses credibility in Mairead’s eyes when fake Irish accents are employed.

    I’m starting to see H’wood’s Paddyphobia more and more!

  11. Mairead says:

    Are yez sch’tartin’ yer oul’ paddywackery agin’ there Koizar?

    And actually no – Johnny Depp’s wasn’t brilliant but forgivable in Chocolat. Kate Hudson did an great job in “About Adam” with Stuart Townsend. Feck sake, even Val Bloody Kilmer managed to do a better job of his in Alexander than Tom!! And have you any concept of how much I dislike him? Even more than the Cruise!

    So neagh!

  12. vdantev says:

    and made his private like a publicity material- a la- Brangelina.

    Obsess much? Not everything in Hollywood links back to AJ or your pwecious widdle feewings about her.

  13. Kat says:

    If Penelope wins, we can all say poor Tom, always a bridesmaid, but never the bride. All his ex-ladies seem to win the Oscar, but never him. (hint, hint to Katie)

  14. Hellary says:

    There’s NOTHING genuine about this!!! Cruise doesn’t do ANYTHING genuine in the first place…of course he has to say this in Cruz’s native country of Spain, because it helps him shill his crappy Ponzi scheme religion.


  15. gg says:

    Mairead I love the Oirish way you spell neagh.

    Didn’t Penelope pay some lip service to $cientfollowgy at some point? He’s probably just doing the cult thing.

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