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OTRC: Julia Roberts: Javier Bardem's 'Biutiful' performance Oscar-worthy

Javier Bardem and Julia Roberts appear in a scene from the 2010 movie 'Eat Pray Love.' (Francois Duhamel / Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc)

Julia Roberts thinks Javier Bardem should be nominated for an Oscar for his touching performance as a dying crime boss and father in "Biutiful," a Spanish-language drama film that received a Golden Globe nod.

When asked if Bardem can score a Best Actor nomination, Roberts, who stars with the actor in the romantic drama "Eat Pray Love," told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "If there's not hope for talent, then we're (expletive)."

In "Biutiful," Bardem's character is involved in the underworld of Barcelona and struggles with love, spirituality, crime, mortality and sacrifice. The film has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Bardem told OnTheRedCarpet.com in December that starring in "Biutiful" was a "very rewarding journey," but that shooting "Eat Pray Love" in Bali months later helped him get over the emotionally draining experience.

"He's so raw and completely open to sharing every emotion this character has," Roberts told Entertainment Weekly regarding Bardem's acting in "Biutiful." "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. I know it had to hurt."

Bardem won an Academy Award for his role as an assassin, who sported a side-swept pageboy haircut, in the 2007 movie "No Country For Old Men." Bardem says he would love to with with directors Joel and Ethan Coen again.

Check out the trailer for 'Biutiful' below.

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