Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Julia Roberts at a special screening she organized in Los Angeles of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful to support a campaign to nominate Javier Bardem for a Best Actor Oscar. Here's what she had to say about Bardem's transcendent performance and why she is shocked by the awards snub so far.
On Bardem's performance as Uxbal, a dying father, in Biutiful:
He’s so raw and completely open to sharing every emotion this character has. I was telling him at dinner tonight, when I watched it I had to keep stopping and saying, “Okay, this is not actually happening to Javier.” Because it’s his face and his big eyes. I think it’s unexpected for a man to expose himself so deeply. And it’s incredibly agonizing in its subtleties. I just have a great appreciation for what he went through to show us all this. I know it had to hurt.
On the nominations shut-out:
I think the movie hasn’t gotten the exposure. You don’t know where it is. It’s like this hidden little jewel. Especially in this particular season, people don’t hunt for things. They just take what you throw in their face.
On Javier's real chances at winning an Oscar:
If there’s not hope for talent, then we’re f—ed.
Well, it looks like Robert's just about summed it up perfectly. Biutiful opens in theaters across the United States on January 28.