Cruise roots for Cruz

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

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Published: Thu 29 Jan 2009, 10:28 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:30 PM

“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 premier 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 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 Theatre.

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