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Javier Bardem. His Lips Are Busy!

Sunday February 13th was quite the awards jam. Nicole Kidman was jamming to Katy Perry at the Grammys, Helena Bonham Carter was being crowned at BAFTA, and Javier Bardem was in Madrid winning The Goya to add to his huge statue haul.

Does Penélope Cruz know where his lips have been? He loves to kiss his trophies.

Javiin 2011 with his Goya; Javi in 2008 with his Oscar

'Oh to be a slab of stone / gold plating!' shriek millions of fans in unison.

Javier has won plentiful awards over the years for his in arguable screen presence and acting gift: one Oscar, one BAFTA, one Golden Globe, one Spirit Award, one "actor" from SAG, one NBR, two Volpi cups from Venice, two European Film Awards, two Gothams, two ADIRCAEs (no, I don't know what that is either) and numerous critics prizes. But it's at the Goyas, the Spanish Oscars, where he reigns supreme. His performance in  Biutiful marks his fifth win. Fifth! He's won Best Actor thrice previously (Boca a Boca, Mondays in the Sun, and the Oscar winning The Sea Inside) and Best Supporting Actor once (Días Contados, 1994). His latest win is so fresh that IMDb hasn't even updated his awards page.  How to keep up with him?

My favorite red carpet look at the Goyas (I'd do a lineup but good full body photos are hard to come by) is this one to your left. Dressing your doggie up in a tux for your big night? Brilliant. The  night's big winner was the post civil war family drama Pa Negre (Black Bread). Some art house distrib really ought to snatch it up if it's this good.

Goya Winners
Film: Black Bread
Director: Agusti Villaronga (Black Bread)
Original Screenplay: (Buried)
Adapted Screenplay: Agusti Villaronga (Black Bread)
Actor: Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Actress: Nora Navas (Black Bread)
Supporting Actor: Karra Elejalde (Also the Rain)  
Supporting Actress: Laia Marull (Black Bread)
Promising Actor: Francesc Colomer (Black Bread)
Promising Actress: Marina Comas (Black Bread)
European Film: The King's Speech
full list of winners

Some art house distributor really ought to snatch Black Bread up if it's this good. Here's the trailer. Warning: contains both brief nudity and less brief very disturbing animal death.

And here's Javier being interviewed on the Red Carpet. I didn't understand a word except that the reporter obviously brings up the fact that he chose to come to the Goyas instead of going to the BAFTAs. And Bardem is all smiles about it. Film Experience contributor Jose and others on Twitter (thanks guys) tell me that Javier made a bet with the reporter that if he wins the Oscar, he'll do a weather report as a musical number. Quick Oscar voters, switch your votes to Bardem! ;)

Have any Spanish readers seen this one yet? Do tell if you have.
Would you take your dog to the Oscars? They do love long walks and some red carpets are interminable treks.


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Hey Nathaniel! Glad you took notice of the Goyas! I haven't seen Pan Negro/Black Bread...it is what you could call an indie movie, low budget, shot in catalan (you can see it both in spanish and in catalan with spanish subtitles) and, surprisingly, it was the underdog of the Goyas...The movie has been raved up and down here in Spain, so it might be worth a try I guess...!!

About the ceremony...Most of it unbereable...we try to do television like you the americans, but we fail horribly everytime...The best thing was Javier Bardems winning, and I thought it was nice that he chose to go to the Goyas instead of going to the Baftas, which of course would give him much more exposure in the Oscar race.

Hope I help a little!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJavier

Yes, I WANT to see that movie! (And please, no americanized "adaptation", thank you.)

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Javier -- did any of your favorite actors win? I saw that Marisa Paredes was there. Yay!

February 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

As long as Sony Pictures doesn't pick it up.....

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Hi! I´ve seen Pa Negre and LOVED it. It´s a dark, poetic view about the loss of innocence in Civil War, with great performances by its cast. Really happy for its success, though my favourite movies weren´t nominated.

And yes, Marisa Paredes was there, it was an Almodovar girls festival:Verónica Forqué, Loles León, Rossy de Palma, María Barranco, Elena Anaya (who looked BEAUTIFUL), Leonor Watling, Chus Lampreave (in viedo montages)... Some of them were really funny. The ceremony was horrible...

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeivith Coast

The telecast was both funny and tense. The president, Alex de la Iglesia (remember him from Venice?) announced he'll resign once everything is over and new elections are held because he disagrees with recent laws passed. No matter what, he had to pose in the red carpet with the Minister (Culture) so that demonstrators wouldn't throw eggs at her. There's also been some sort of feud between De la Iglesia and his vicepresident, Iciar Bollaín (the one who directed Even the Rain, the Spanish submission to the Oscars) and it's been quite ugly. But, that said...

Even though this musical number with well known popular songs is terrible, it has the added value of seeing some of the toughest guys singing and dancing.


It's true the "we salute you thing" to actors from other actors, just copied from the Oscars is terribly awkward -some of the presenters address the nominees directly, others speak about them in the third person, and it never feels real at all. (Javier himself look embarrased when he was addressed), but all in all I think they've found the right host, even with some unexpected visitors going on stage.

More trivia: it was the 25th anniversary (so young!), but not only Javier has won five times, his main competition (and friend) Luis Tosar has won three and he was up for the 4th. Carmen Maura who also has an ADIRCAE award* has also won four times. The supporting actress winner, Laia Marull is a triple crowner as: breakthrough actress, lead actress and now supporting in just one decade which sadly speaks for the career of any actress in any country, probably. So, as you can see it's a very closed, selected club. One hit wonders are rarer than in the Oscars, I think, but snubs are even more noticeable as the list of actors without Goyas is endless.

* No, I didn't know what it was, I had to look it up ( it stands for: Asamblea de Directores, Realizadores Cinematográficos y Audiovisuales Españoles) . Something like the DGA but giving acting awards too?

And no, I haven't seen Pa Negre. The director is a prolific indie director, much more outside the mainstream industry than Almodóvar has ever been.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Javier says that everything's going fine, the reporter tells him he could win the Bafta and the Goya in one night, but he says he doesn't see that happening and that's hard to play at home.

Apparently Javier has a bet with the reporter that if he wins the Oscar he has to announce the weather.

Then the reporter asks what would he say if he wins, having won the award 4 times already. Javier answers that he would thank the actors 'cause it's them who give the award. (He calls them "the profession" so he might not mean acting necessarily).

Hope that helped!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

It's also remarkable that The King's Speech was up against The Ghost Writer, A Prophet and The White Ribbon for the Best European Film Award.

And I believe the dog is from a sponsor, the national lottery. The dog in the commercials wins the lottery, dumps his owner and becomes a rich, spoilt dog and then it goes to award shows, or so it seems.

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

There was plenty of talent in the room Nathaniel!hehe As some had said, Almodovars girls, Belen Rueda (The Orphanage), Emma Suarez (great great spanish actress), Elena Anaya and many many others...after all this are our Oscars...!! Goyas tend to bore me, so I'll stick to the Oscar Race, which is far more exciting!!

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJavier

"Black Bread" was never the underdog but the critic's darling! It has been winning awards since day one! It's a beautiful but very dark film dealing -for the first time I think- with matters like homophobia during spanish civil war among many others...

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Javier also won Cannes for Biutiful. So he's got Cannes and a Goya going into the Oscars, no American award.... a rather strange combination for an Oscar nominee :)

Did you ever see Biutiful, Nathaniel?

February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJavi

Agusti Villaronga is one of the best spanish film directors of all time. I thought he was better known abroad by critics. His first film, "In a Glass Cage (Tras el cristal)", had an American DVD edition long before it was available in Spain. Along with that film, "Moon Child (El niño de la luna)", "El mar" and this "Black Bread (Pà negre)" are examples of the finest Spanish Cinema.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSrLansky

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