According to Reuters, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodvar (Bad Education, Live Flesh) and his brother, producer Agustin Almodovar, have quit that country's Academy of Film. In a statement released through their production company, the brothers sited "disagreement with the voting system" used to select winners for the Goyas, Spain's version of the Oscars, as well as the films submitted to AMPAS for Best Forieng Language Film consideration, as the reason for their withdrawl. Pedro's film Bad Education was snubbed by the Goyas this year; it also lost out to Alejandro Amenabar's The Sea Inside for the chance to represent Spain at the Oscars. Pedro Almodavar has won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the last two times he was nominated, for All About My Mother and Talk to Her. Though the Academy loves him, it is important to note that he is the man responsible for the careers of Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

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