10 November 2012 2:05 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

For your consideration: Javier Bardem for Best Supporting Actor, Skyfall.

Silva, the latest Bond film’s sexually ambiguous cyberterrorist, would be a punchline in any other actor’s hands. Instead, Bardem brings an improbable blend of over-the-top flamboyance and restrained calculation to his character. It’s the sort of cinematic tour de force that we’ve seen before not only from  Bardem himself (in his Oscar-winning 2007 role as No Country for Old Men’s amoral assassin Anton Chigurh), but also in a select few actors who have managed to take commercial villainy all the way to Hollywood’s biggest night. »


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