Bardem BAFTA win "a matter of luck"

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Actor bolsters Oscar candidacy with British award for role in Coens' film

12 February 2008

MADRID - To say that he is on a roll would be an understatement. With no fewer than 15 critics' awards and a Golden Globe under his belt for his role in the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men, Spanish actor Javier Bardem on Sunday notched up yet another win at the prestigious BAFTA awards in Britain.

The victory also makes Bardem the clear favourite to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards in Hollywood on 24 February, which would make him the first Spanish actor to earn such an honour.

Bardem picked up the British award during a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, where he again repeated a controversial statement he had made days earlier about how he found inspiration in US President George W. Bush for his role of Anton Chigurh, a ruthless killer from Texas who goes on a killing rampage.

"I'm a good guy and I don't go around killing people," he quipped on Sunday.

Julian Schnabel, the US director whose 2000 film Before Night Falls gave Bardem his first Oscar nomination, had predicted that the actor would take one of this year's British Academy of Film and Television Awards - which now carry the name Orange in front to denote its sponsorship.

Bardem, however, said that his win was "a matter of luck, a lottery draw" and had nothing but praise for his rivals, who included the "brilliant" Paul Dano in There Will Be Blood, Tom Wilkinson, "an actor who needs no comment" in Michael Clayton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, "one of the most brilliant actors of his generation," in Charlie Wilson's War, and Tommy Lee Jones, his co-star in No Country For Old Men.

"I could spend hours looking at [Lee Jones'] face even if he didn't do anything, because he is an actor who carries a lot of truth inside," said Bardem, 39, who comes from a family of actors and filmmakers, including his sister Monica and his mother Pilar.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

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