Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz has dismissed suggestions that she and Kate Winslet are rivals because they’ve been up against each other at every award show.

Penelope lost out on the Best Supporting Actress trophies at both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards last month - she was nominated for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona but lost out to Kate’s turn in The Reader.

However, she insists there is no rivalry between them: “Kate and I have become very close even though we have only met three times.

“Everyone likes to think there’s rivalry between us but that’s not true.”

The two women will meet up again later this month for the Oscars - but will not be competing against each other as Academy voters have placed Kate in the Best Actress category while Penelope is still up for the Supporting Actress trophy.