oscars_38_Juan Antonio Bardem

Javier Bardem isn’t the only Oscar-worthy person in the family. His uncle Juan Antonio Bardem actually earned an Academy Award nomination first, in the Best Foreign Language Film category for directing the controversial Spanish drama La Venganza. The film, which was shown at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, wasn’t released in his native country until the following year. The film had serious troubles with Spanish censorship; Bardem even went to prison in what became an international scandal. The film was the first Spanish-language film to be nominated for an Oscar.

Best Foreign Language Film, La Venganza, 31st Academy Awards, Nominated

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