Brazilian Cites Oscar Favoritism
Mar. 24, 1999
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Fernanda Montenegro, the 69-year-old star of the foreign film ``Central Station,'' accused Hollywood of favoritism in awarding the Oscar to Gwyneth Paltrow and said ``Life is Beautiful'' wasn't worthy of victory.
In a televised interview Tuesday, Ms. Montenegro described Ms. Paltrow as ``this romantic figure, thin, pure, virginal.''
``They don't have much of this type of actress in American cinema,'' she said. ``It's an investment.''
As for Roberto Benigni's ``Life is Beautiful,'' which competed against ``Central Station'' for best foreign film, Ms. Montenegro said: ``It didn't deserve to win. I think even Benigni recognized this. As a film it was weak. ... I thought it was just him that won, not the film itself.''