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Julia Robert lobbies for a Javier Bardem Oscar nom

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Talk about an Oscar vote of confidence!

Recently, when we interviewed Javier Bardem and talked in depth about his hauntingly brilliant “Biutiful” performance, we mentioned the A-list colleagues who were stepping up and throwing their support behind the actor’s award campaign. We talked about Sean Penn hosting a SAG Q-and-A with Bardem, of Ben Affleck saying Bardem “is on another level from the rest of us,” and Ryan Gosling openly campaigning for a Bardem Oscar nomination.

Add Julia Roberts’ name to the list of celebrities who will be furious of Bardem does not receive an Oscar nomination for his work.

“He’s so raw and completely open to sharing every emotion this character has,” Roberts said to EW during a screening of the film Roberts held for a select industry crowd.

When asked why she thinks Bardem has not been recognized yet by SAG or the HFPA, Roberts said, “I think the movie hasn’t gotten the exposure. You don’t know where it is. It’s like this hidden little jewel. Especially in this particular season, people don’t hunt for things. They just take what you throw in their face.”

And, in her most blunt statement, Roberts basically came out and said if a performance as remarkable as Bardem’s gets overlooked, then the industry is “f—ed.”

It is fairly remarkable that Bardem is being overlooked by the major awards groups and the critical community. Yes, “Biutiful” is a difficult film to watch because it is bleak, but Bardem was routinely singled out by reviewers who praised his immersive performance.

And all of the oversights will be wiped clean is Bardem can secure the most important nod – the Oscar nomination. I honestly can’t remember the last time this many actors came out and openly lobbied for another actor to nab a nomination for a particular role. Is Roberts in time? Will the pleas of Bardem’s colleagues be heard? We’ll know soon enough.

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