Javier Bardem nominated for Golden Globe

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13 December 2004, LOS ANGELES – Spanish film star Javier Bardem's career seems to go from strength to strength after he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in the hit film Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside).

13 December 2004

LOS ANGELES – Spanish film star Javier Bardem's career seems to go from strength to strength after he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in the hit film Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside).

It is the second time Bardem has been nominated for the award.

In 2000, he was nominated for his role as the Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls.

It also followed Bardem's triumph in the European Film Wards on Saturday when he won best actor for the Sea Inside at the ceremony in Barcelona.

The film one best director film for Spaniard Alejandro Amenábar

But the award sparked controversy as another Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar expressed his clear disappointment at not winning any prizes in this year's awards.

Almodóvar's Bad Education did not win any awards despite receiving critical acclaim in the United States.

The director of Talk to Her and All About My Mother, who has won nine times at past European Film Awards, thought the fact that he was the big winner in Berlin in 1999 probably worked against him.

"I feel like the contestants in [television reality game show] Big Brother when they lose," said Almodóvar, who was cautious about his chances in the upcoming Academy Awards.

"This year will be difficult, because there are no great American films and there a lot of foreign ones."

Some other non-American movies in the running for an Oscar this year are Amenábar's The Sea Inside, Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries and Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace, according to Almodóvar.

Bardem said that he and Amenábar have their eyes set on the movie's US premiere.

"Every prize is a way to get our hopes up, but they would have been up even if we hadn't won," said Bardem, who also criticized the "lack of communication" in the European film industry and the insufficient circulation of EU-made films.

"Even if European films could be seen, there wouldn't be enough movie theaters for them, because cinemas are full of movies about fifteen-year-olds from Oklahoma, which is fine, but that shouldn't be the only thing showing," he said.

For his part, Amenábar said that he likes Europe "and I always try to stay on this side" as much as possible.

This year marked the 17th European Film Awards, which are handed out by the European Film Academy.

The Best Film Award went to a German movie, Fatih Akin's Head-On. Spain's Penélope Cruz won the Jameson People's Choice Award for Best Actress for her role in the Italian film Don't Move.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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