Biutiful is a drama film directed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. It has been nominated for two Academy Awards in 2011 - Best Foreign Language movie and Best Actor. Bardem's nomination makes his performance the first entirely Spanish language performance to be nominated for that award. Bardem also received the Best Actor Award at Cannes for his work on the movie.
Javier Bardem knocks Uxbal's dying father/saint out of the park. His best role and work this side of NoCountryForOldMen. He's deserving of any acting award available, anytime. I left the theater shaken, stirred and overwhelmed; it helped that I'm a father (luckily I'm not dying though). Bardem's Uxbel is a dream role for every actor and with Alejandro Gonzalez at the helm, a dreaem situation. Bardem has a conflicted,passionate director willing to let him "act" (work), and more importantly, willing to the let the actor take time to work. Half these critic idiots can't handle more than 30 seconds of silence (neither can 99% of America) but like Malick, AGI could care less about ADD audiences. Thank God he doesn't. Poetic, challenging and epically emotional, Biutiful is nothing less than its title: complicatedly beauitful.
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Fernando Bovaira, Sandra Hermida, Jon Kilik, Ann Ruark
Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, Nicolás Giacobone
Starring Javier Bardem, Blanca Portillo
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography Rodrigo Prieto
Editing by Stephen Mirrione
Studio Focus Features, Mod Producciones
Distributed by Focus Features (international), Kino Swiat (Poland), Odeon (Greece)
Roadside Attractions (USA)
Release date(s) May 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)
Gross revenue $16,235,328
The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It premiered at Cannes on May 17, 2010, with Bardem winning for Best Actor, an award shared with Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita. On December 17, 2010, the film was named Best Foreign Language Film of 2010 at the 17th Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.
On January 25, 2011, the film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards while Javier Bardem received a nomination for Best Actor. The film is also nominated for the 64th British Academy Film Awards for Best Film not in the English Language, while Javier Bardem was nominated for Best Actor. Biutiful received eight nominations for the 25th Goya Awards; Best Actor for Javier Bardem, Best Supporting Actor for Eduard Fernández, Best Supporting Actress for Ana Wagener, Best Original Screenplay for Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bó and Nicolás Giacobone, Best Cinematography for Rodrigo Prieto, Best Editing for Stephen Mirrione, Best Art Direction for Brigitte Broch and Best Original Score for Gustavo Santaolalla.
The film was also nominated at the 16th Critics' Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the 68th Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Film, but lost to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and In a Better World, respectively.