A film actress who overcame a batch of Razzie nominations for worst actress in the early 2000s to become a frequent nominee for best actress accolades, including Oscars and Golden Globes, has been named Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive.”
The actress is Penelope Cruz, who received Razzie nods for “Blow,” “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” and “Vanilla Sky” — all 2001 releases. More recently Cruz won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 2009 for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” — one of three Academy Award nods she has racked up since 2007 (the others are for “Volver” and “Nine”). Cruz is also a three-time Golden Globe nominee.
Chris Jones, who wrote the cover story for Esquire on the high-profile annual feature, wrote of Cruz: “She is impossibly beautiful. When she walks into a room, men start walking into furniture.”
Jones adds: “Over the course of a long lunch, Cruz looks like a thousand different women. She flips her hair, or she shifts in her chair, or she creases her forehead or widens her eyes, and these alone are enough to transform her. It feels like watching close-up magic, an actress playing every possible part and well enough to be confounding.”
Other film roles for the Spanish-born Cruz have included “Open Your Eyes” (1997), “The Hi-Lo Country” (1999), “Woman on Top” (2000) and “All the Pretty Horses” (2001).