Hollywood stars Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz have struck up a surprisingly close friendship in the run-up to this year's (09) Oscars - despite only having met three times.
The unlikely pair, who are both competing for this year's (09) Best Supporting Actress gong, have been offering each other phone support daily in the countdown to the prestigious show.
And Cruz insists she and Winslet enjoy a far-from-bitter relationship, contrary to reports.
She says, "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."
Cruz is nominated for her part in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Winslet received the nod for her role in The Reader.
The Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 22 February (09).