On September 2008, Bardem received Spain's National Film Award during the San Sebastian International Film Festival. He divided the cash prize of 30,000 euro ($43,000) which came with the award to the Saharan people, the Spanish Actors' foundation AISGE and his mentor, Juan Carlos Corazza.
Bardem produced Invisibles, a collection of short documentaries on the plight of the poor and oppressed in South America and Africa. He is also involved with the Enough Project, a human rights organization whose goal is to fight genocide and crimes against humanity.
Bardem is listed at No.2 as People en Espanol's Best Dressed Man in 2008. His girlfriend, actress Penélope Cruz topped the list for Best Dressed Women.
Javier was a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury in 2005.
In preparation for his role as Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls, Javier learned Cuban-accented English and lost 30 pounds to better portray the role.
Javier worked as a bouncer, a writer, a construction worker, a security guard, and a stripper in a nightclub.
Javier is the brother of actor Carlos Encinas Bardem and actress Mónica María Encinas Bardem. His mother is actress Pilar Bardem Muñoz. His father is Carlos Encinas. He is the nephew of director Juan Antonio Bardem and grandson of actor Rafael Bardem and actress Matilde Muñoz Sampedro.
Javier won the 2008 Golden Globe and Oscar Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Chigurh in No Country For Old Men.
Javier is six feet tall.
On January 27, 2008, Javier Bardem won the Screen Actors Guild award in the "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" category for his performance in No Country For Old Men.
People Magazine named Javier the 9th "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2007 in it's annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue.
By being nominated for an Oscar for his role in Before Night Falls, Javier was the first Spanish actor to receive an Oscar nomination for acting.
Javier was placed by movie magazine Empire on the No.73 spot of its list of "The 100 Sexiest Stars" in 2007.
Javier: I think we are living in selfish times. I'm the first one to say that I'm the most selfish. [Laughs.] We live in the so-called "first world," and we may be first in a lot of things like technology, but we are behind in empathy.
Javier: (on being named one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2007) When they told me that, I thought, 'That's funny. Every time I wake up, I see myself like somebody beat me up.'
Javier: I have this problem with violence. I've only done one movie in almost 20 years where I killed people. It's called Perdita Durango. It's a Spanish movie. I'm very proud of the movie, but I felt weird doing that.
Javier: The personal thing is something I have never talked about. And I never will. That is prohibited. My job is public. But that's it. When you're not working, you don't have an obligation to be public.
Javier: I used to be a good party boy. I'm old. I'm an old man. You pay the consequences. I'm just fine with a couple of drinks, no more than that.
Javier: (on choosing roles) I just look for the same thing I've been looking [for] always, which is characters that are interesting to watch, that they are going through any kind of struggle with themselves or with their circumstances. That talk about us as human beings.
Javier: (on the Church's reaction to his movie "The Sea Inside") The church always goes over, you know, every word. Yeah. I mean, they basically condemned the movie before even [seeing it]. They haven't seen it. So I don't have any respect about their opinion. I mean, I do respect their opinion but I don't share it.
Javier: (on his Oscar nomination for "Before Night Falls") It's great, it's an honour, I feel flattered being nominated. But once you are nominated, you go there to make the campaign... I felt like a whore. I felt like a political campaigner, asking for votes, like saying "Hey, excuse me! Vote for me, I am the best."
Javier: (on the difficulty of portraying a role based upon a real person) You feel responsible for trying not to betray that person, and what his life was, and also not betray the people who knew him - especially when you are playing a contemporary character like this one.
Javier: (on having worked with great directors in Spain and worldwide) I always saw it like a gift but also like a big duty like when you have the chance to work with people that are that good. You have to really go far and put yourself upside down.
Javier: (on being labeled the next Antonio Banderas) That comparison is inevitable and very flattering. But if I ever heard an actor being described as the next Javier Bardem, it would bother me, because it would mean that I was being replaced.
Javier: Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there's curiosity about the new kid on the block who doesn't speak English very well. The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn't felt in a while. But I like it.
Javier: My dream as an actor is, when I'm old, to stick all the characters I've ever played into a room, and hopefully they would all be so different they wouldn't be able to understand each other.