The unstoppable charge of Javier Bardem en route to the Oscars

29th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Javier Bardem has chalked up another victory in his race for the Oscars next month with a win on Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

29 January 2008

MADRID - Javier Bardem has chalked up another victory in his race for the Oscars next month with a win on Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Bardem, who has already picked up a Golden Globe besides several other awards for his role as a hired killer in the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, stands to become the first Spanish actor ever to win an Academy Award - a prize he was already nominated for in 2000 for his role in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls. He would also be the first Spaniard to win in a major category - as opposed to Spanish movies, which have won for Best Script or Best Foreign Film.

"Thank you, guys, for hiring me, and thank you for taking the hard work of choosing the good takes instead of the ones where I really sucked," Bardem told his No Country team after picking up the Best Actor statuette at the awards ceremony - the only one so far that has been permitted to take place by the striking screenwriters' guild.

Bardem added that his grandparents were actors at a time when actors who died were not allowed to be buried in holy ground, because they were thought to be homosexuals and prostitutes.

"So it has been a long way for us to get here, and that's something we should thank ourselves for," he added to a burst of applause.

The 38-year-old actor said he wished to share this award with his "good friend" Josh Brolin, who also stars in the film.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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