KATE Winslet and Penelope Cruz have reportedly struck up a close friendship. Both actresses have been nominated in this year's Academy Awards and are said to be providing each other with support. "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 told the Daily Mail. Cruz has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her part in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, while Kate Winslet is up for Best Actress for her role in The Reader. The 81st annual Academy Awards will be held on February 22. " DS