Both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG’s) have challenged expectations and media buzz by failing to nominate Spanish actor Javier Bardem for a Best Actor award for his ‘Role in Biutiful.’
Bardem’s performance earned him the Palm D’or at Cannes earlier this year, and critics as well as other nominees praise Bardem and are outraged that the Spaniard has not been considered for any North American awards.
Look at Javier,” said Ryan Gosling when talking about his own Golden Globe nomination. “How could you not acknowledge that?”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Director of Biutiful as well as ‘Babel’, ‘21 Grams’ and ‘Amores Perros’, expressed his outrage in an interview with Notimex news agency.
“Both Javier and I were surprised that he was not nominated in the category of Best Actor in the Golden Globes nor in the SAGs” he said in Spanish, adding “It’s confusing and shocking that his colleagues did not nominate him. They’re blind. It’s shocking that he was not nominated.”
González blamed the cold reception to the fact that the movie hasn’t yet opened in the US. It will have a very limited release in New York and Los Angeles on December 29th, and a nationwide opening weekend a month later, on January 28th.
González Iñárritu hopes the oversight will be “rectified” for the Oscars.