Oscars 2021: The Case of Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem’s performance as Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos is my first  Case Of post for the five Best Actor candidates.

The Case for Javier Bardem:

Nabbing his fourth nomination (and third in lead), the Supporting Actor winner for No Country for Old Men also picked up Golden Globe and SAG mentions.

The Case Against Javier Bardem:

The only nominations for Ricardos came in the acting races (alongside his costars Nicole Kidman and J.K. Simmons). It’s Kidman who easily stands the best chance after taking the Globe. Bardem’s slot in the competition was generally seen as the fifth one since Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Will Smith, and Denzel Washington were seen as strong likelihoods.

Previous Nominations: 3

Before Night Falls (2000 – Actor); No Country for Old Men (2007 – Supporting Actor, WON)Biutiful (2010 – Actor)

The Verdict:

While he’s done well in precursors, Bardem stands little chance at picking up a second statue.

My Case Of posts will continue with the Supporting Actress hopefuls and that begins with Jessie Buckley in The Lost Daughter

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