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Golden Globes 2011 nominations: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

December 14, 2010 |  1:33 pm

Inarritu Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was just this side of conscious Tuesday morning when he took in the news that his film "Biutiful" had made the list of Golden Globes 2011 contenders for best foreign-language film. The film, starring Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem, revolves around a dying man's last efforts to heal his family before he dies of cancer.

Even through his sleep stupor, Inarritu said he was very happy.

"Barely I could open my left eye. Barely I could see something. It was still mushy when I heard the news. I havenít talked to [Javier]," he said, because he is "very respectful of the time when people sleep. Iím very neurotic with that. I want to wait one hour more before I call him," he said early on Tuesday. "Heís still in L.A. Tonight is the premiere. It will be a good time for celebration."

The director, while respecting his star's need for sleep, had nothing but praise for Bardem. "This film couldnít have been done without Javier. He did a monumental thing. Itís recognition for all of this very hard work."

"This is a movie that shakes people," continued Inarritu, who has been nominated twice before in this category -- for "Amores Perros" and "Babel," for which he won. "I'm sure the [Foreign Press] were not indifferent. They want to put the film there so it has the potential to shake people."

Putting the bleakness of the film aside for one night, Inarritu noted that it was a privilege to have it be one of the five selected from 65 submissions, and that he would soon show his appreciation. "A lot of tequila will run in our veins tonight."

--Nicole Sperling

Photo: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / AFP/Getty Images