Movie Dearest continues the month long countdown to the Oscars with two of our weekly signature features -- Cinematic Crush and Women We Love -- spotlighting our favorites of this year's acting nominees:
Crush object: Javier Bardem, actor.
- Congrats, friendo: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor this year for his cold-blooded assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men; has already won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and several critics groups' prizes for the unforgettable role.
- Oscar nominated previously for his powerful performance as Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls; he was the first Spanish actor to receive an Academy Award nomination.
- He should have also been nominated for The Sea Inside for his heart-breaking turn as assisted-suicide activist Ramón Sampedro.
- Also starred this past year in Love in the Time of Cholera and Goya's Ghosts; other notable films include Jamón, Jamón (which co-starred his now current girlfriend, Penélope Cruz); The Dancer Upstairs and Collateral.
- Future projects include Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Rob Marshall's film version of the Tony Award winning musical Nine (now back in production), itself based on the Fellini classic 8½.