Javier Bardem Receives First Ever Best Actor Oscar Nom for Spanish-Language Role

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Ooh, ohh, ooh! Does this mean we get to see a very pregnant Penelope Cruz walking the red carpet hand-in-hand with Javier Bardem? The Spanish actor scored his third Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the Mexican movie Biutiful. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Babel, Amores Perros) the movie was also nominated for Best Foreign Film. Javi got his first Best Actor nod for Before Night Falls and won a Best Supporting Actor statue in 2008 for No Country For Old Men.

With the academy nominating 10 flicks for Best Picture for the second year there were few surprises; The Social Network, Black Swan, The King’s Speech and True Grit remained the top contenders (as they have all awards season) and each film also earned Best Director nods. Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)—both Golden Globes winners earlier this month—are nominated for acting Oscars.


Possible snubs? Ben Affleck's The Town was overlooked in the Best Picture and Best Director categories and Christopher Nolan did not receive any recognition in the Best Director category for the twisty, visually stunning Inception.


Here are the nominees in the major categories:


Best Film

Black Swan

The Fighter


The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone


Best Actress

Annette Bening—The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman—Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence—Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman—Black Swan

Michelle Williams—Blue Valentine


Best Actor

Javier BardemBiutiful

Jeff Bridges—True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg—The Social Network

Colin Firth—The King’s Speech

James Franco—127 Hours


Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams—The Fighter

Helena Bonham CarterThe King’s Speech

Melissa Leo—The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld—True Grit

Jackie Weaver—Animal Kingdom


Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale—The Fighter

John Hawkes—Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner—The Town

Mark Ruffalo—The Kids Are All Right

Jeffrey Rush—The King’s Speech



Darren Aronosky—Black Swan

David O. Russell—The Fighter

Tom Hooper—The King’s Speech

David Fincher—The Social Network

Joel and Ethan Coen—True Grit


Best Foreign Film

Biutiful (Mexico)

Dogtooth (Greece)

In a Better World (Denmark)

Incendies (Canada)

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Algeria


Best Animated Film

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Toy Story 3

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