Even the always-ironic Jon Stewart caught Javier Bardem fever last night. After Bardem's much-awaited acceptance speech for his Best Supporting Actor award, the diminutive Oscar host summed it up best: "For those of you who were waiting for a moment: Javier Bardem and his acceptance speech...that was a moment. That was lovely."
Even non-Spanish speakers felt the thrust of that moment, as the actor segued from a funny bit on his No Country for Old Men character's hairdo ("Thank you to the Coens for being crazy enough to think that I could do this and put one of the most horrible haircuts in history over my head.") to an eloquent dedication to his mother. Here's the translated version:
"Mama, this is for you, this is for your grandparents, this is for your parents Rafael and Matilde. This is for all the comedians of Spain, who like you brought dignity and pride to our profession. This is for Spain, and this is for all Latinos.
Say what you will about the 2007 Oscars being all about Latinos, but Bardem's acceptance speech last night was truly our most victorious Oscar moment yet.