Spanish Acad selection reflects reviews, B.O., Bardem

HUELVA, Spain — Helmer Pedro Almodovar will not be in next year’s foreign-lingo Oscar race.

Fernando Leon’s unemployment drama “Los lunes al sol” (Mondays in the Sun) beat out Almodovar’s “Hable con ella” (Talk to Her) as Spain’s entry for the Academy Award noms on Monday.

The Spanish Academy members’ choice reflects rave reviews for Leon’s film, a Spanish B.O. north of $4 million and the presence of Javier Bardem, who is nommed for a European Film Academy actor award. Pic is up for four other prizes at the awards.

“Los lunes al sol” charts the search for work and dignity of former shipyard workers in northern Spain.

Almodovar won the Oscar in 1999 with “Todo sobre mi madre” (All About My Mother).

Meanwhile, coming-of-age drama “Broken Wings” nabbed nine nods at the Israeli Academy Awards, becoming the automatic choice for foreign Oscar nom contender.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will pick five of the national entries Feb. 11 to compete as nominees for the foreign-lingo Oscar. The Academy Awards will take place March 23.

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