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Oscar nominations: Javier Bardem expresses his gratitude

January 25, 2011 | 10:02 am

Javier Bardem was an unexpected Oscar nominee Tuesday morning. Not that his performance in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu's "Biutiful" wasn't remarkable; it just wasn't on everybody's lips since it's a small Spanish-language release. Bardem was delighted by the attention, he said in a statement:

"I am truly honored for this nomination. And deeply thankful to the academy members for their trust and support. Also to all of those who showed their support to my work in 'Biutiful' I express my heartfelt gratitude. I am very happy for Alejandro and everyone who has made possible the special movie we made together. It's really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English-speaking performance, and in the name of all my colleagues in Spain I want to show my gratitude to the Academy for support and recognition in this nomination for the movie 'Biutiful.' "

Photo: Javier Bardem, left, and Alejandro González Iñárritu'. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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Photo of Javier Bardem, left, and Alejandro González Iñárritu' by Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times