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(Video) Javier Bardem: How in the world did I end up on the Oscar stage?

December 13, 2010 |  6:30 pm

Just three years after winning the Oscar for supporting actor in best picture champ "No Country for Old Men," Javier Bardem now competes in the lead race for portraying a man desperate to shore up his family life before he dies of cancer in "Biutiful."

After discussing his harrowing role in the critically praised indie directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarratui, Bardem shared his extremely candid views of the Oscar derby. "It's crazy!" he confessed, adding, "You have to be aware more than ever that it's a game, a race. You realize that most of the time it's not about the work. It's about a lot of other things more than that. It's hard. It's frustrating." But he loves the thrill and that he is a part of it.

"I watched the Oscars with my father when I was 10 or 11," he recalled. "They were in black and white. I was in Spain, and Bob Hope was hosting. How in the world did I end up on that stage? I don't know!"

-- Tom O'Neil