Writing in EntertainmentWeekly.com, Dave Karger says “A couple weeks ago, I groused to you about how I thought Javier Bardem’s powerful performance in Biutiful has been unfairly overlooked during this awards season so far. Well, it turns out I have a sister in my disappointment: Julia Roberts.”
Roberts recently hosted a screening of Biutiful on behalf of Bardem (her costar in Eat Pray Love) for a select industry crowd in Los Angeles to press the case for Bardem.
“He’s so raw and completely open to sharing every emotion this character has,” Roberts told EW. “I think it’s unexpected for a man to expose himself so deeply. And it’s incredibly agonizing in its subtleties. I just have a great appreciation for what he went through to show us all this.”