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Javier Bardem

Now: Uxbal, "Biutiful"

Then: Raul, "Jamon, Jamon"

Though director Alejandro Iñárritu recently praised Bardem as "one of the best actors in the world," the seductive Spanish star remained relatively under the radar throughout most of his career, before exploding in films such as "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "No Country for Old Men" (for which he won an Oscar), and last year's "Eat Pray Love." He got his start in Pedro Almodovar's "High Heels" before landing the lead alongside Penelope Cruz in 1992's "Jamon, Jamon." One need only look at him to see how playing sexy, hypermasculine characters might come easily for Bardem, but he proved his versatility and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in Julian Schnabel's "Before Night Falls" (2000), when he soared to new heights as a homosexual poet dying of AIDS and fighting persecution in "Fidel Castro's Cuba."

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