Javier Bardem – the first Spaniard to garner an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls – claimed his first Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards for his role as an psychopathic assassin in No Country for Old Men, proving that sometimes evil does pay. He’d later become the first Spanish actor to be nominated twice in the leading category for his work in Biutiful. Could his performance in Skyfall earn him a nod this year?
Best Actor, Before Night Falls, 73rd Academy Awards, Nominated
Best Supporting Actor, No Country for Old Men, 80th Academy Awards, Won
Best Actor, Biutiful, 83rd Academy Awards, Nominated