Salma HayekSalma Hayek has revealed she begged to be allowed to read out her friend Penélope Cruz’s nomination for this year’s Best Actress Oscar but she wasn’t allowed.

Salma co-presented the nominations announcement ceremony yesterday with the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Sid Ganis. Salma later told reporters when she spotted Penélope’s name on the card: “I wanted to say her name. I fought for it, but they wouldn’t let me.”

Instead she just cried out “yes!” when Sid read out the name and Penelope, who was being interviewed for TV show Extra when the nominations were read out, excused herself in the middle of the interview to call Salma. She was heard saying: “You’re coming out with me tonight. To dinner. To celebrate.”