The Spanish Language Blog

The 83rd Academy Awards, the Oscars, took place this week and one of the most talked about couples to hit the red carpet was the Spanish actor and actress Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

This was their first public appearance since Penelope Cruz gave birth to their baby son, just a month ago, who they have announced is called Leonardo. The cameras were flashing left, right and centre to get a glimpse of one of Spain and Hollywood’s favourite celebrity couples, who looked happy to be in each other’s company. The paparazzi have also gone crazy about their outfits, which for Cruz was a stunning and figure-flattering red dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and for Bardem a smart Gucci suit.

But the couple weren’t just there to look glamorous; Bardem was in fact nominated for the Best Leading Actor award for his role as a criminal suffering from cancer and with two children to look after, in the Spanish language film Biutiful, which was filmed in Barcelona. He didn’t win, with the Oscar going instead to Colin Firth, but Bardem has previously received an Oscar in 2007, for his role in No Country for Old Men. Cruz was also an Oscar winner in 2008, for Best Supporting actress in the comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Despite the couple’s great success in the international world of film, the pair are notorious for keeping their private lives private. They married last July in a quiet ceremony in the Bahamas, away from prying eyes, and have also kept the details of their son’s birth to a minimum. In doing so, they’ve made themselves a couple that receive little bad press and are well respected professionally. Public appearances together like at this years Oscars are a real treat for their fans!

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