Penelope Cruz Sanchez (pronounced ; born April 28, 1974), better known as Penelope Cruz, is a Spanish actress. She gathered critical acclaim as a young actress for films such as Jamaica, Jamaica, Carne tremula, La Nina de tus ojos and Belle epoque. She has also starred in several American films such as Blow and Bandidas. Cruz has been awarded two Goyas, two European Film Awards and the Coppa Volpi for her work. She is notable as the first Spanish and third Hispanic actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2006 Spanish Almodovar film Volver.