Even though the Academy Awards aren’t until February and the Oscar nominations aren’t out for another month — I know exactly who should win Best Actor!
Javier Bardem gets my vote for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Actor award one thousand times over. The 41-year-old Spaniard stars in the upcoming Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film, Biutiful, and gives an unbelievably moving performance that has Oscar written all over it. The film debuted at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and premiered Dec. 1, in NYC at the Lighthouse Theater hosted by the Cinema Society & Miuccia Prada. This is the first Spanish language film directorial feature for critically acclaimed Iñárritu since his directorial debut, and is his first film since 2006’s Babel.
Javier plays Uxbal a man racing against his own death and attempting to teach his two children the importance of life. Uxbal struggles throughout the film with the loss of his own father, and realizes how devastating the losing of a father-figure can be. There’s also the story of unrequited love. Uxbal’s estranged wife desperately wants to be the mother and wife the family needs, but can’t stabilize her emotional imbalance long enough to make it happen.
Biutiful has been selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards set for Feb. 27, and if all goes well, Javier will get a Best Actor nomination Jan. 25 when it’s announced. If Javier wins, he will be the second male actor to win an Oscar for a foreign-language film since Roberto Benigni won in 1998 for Life is Beautiful!
Check out Biutiful when it hits theaters Dec. 29 limited release!