Javier Bardem still gets a kick out of looking at his Oscar statuette.
The Spanish star, who picked up a best supporting actor gong for his role as a psychopath in No Country For Old Men, is tipped for another Academy Award nomination for his new film Biutiful.
“I have it in my office. I see it and remember the fun it brought,” he said of the famous golden trophy.
“I brought 17 people with me [to the ceremony] – all my friends. And that was the major pleasure – to express gratitude to those who helped me become who I am.”
The odds of Javier picking up another Oscar for his portrayal of the terminally ill criminal Uxbal are looking promising, given the fact he received the best actor award for Biutiful at Cannes Film Festival.
The 41-year-old, who recalls watching the star-studded ceremony as a young boy, said he understood why people break down on hearing they’ve won.
“It’s because of the whole process up until that moment. It’s months and months of promotion and campaign. The day it finishes is like election day,” he added.
:: Biutiful is released in UK cinemas on Friday January 28