Can bad hair cost you an Oscar?

Javier Bardem is a shoe-in to win the Oscar this year for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “No Country for Old Men.” But can you seriously win when you character sports the lamest hairstyle ever? Now Bardem is a brilliant actor—in English and Spanish—and choosy in his roles. (I forgive him for the disastrous “Love in the Time of Cholera” because what actor could refuse that lead?) Also, he was positively dreamy in “The Dancer Upstairs,” which is completely beside the point. His hair in “No Country,” though, should not have been allowed. If I were a voting member of the Academy, I might have thought twice about a vote for Bardem. Shallow? Yes. But Bardem might have lobbied the director for a trim.

Javier Bardem's hair

Or maybe there should be a Best Hair category; Bardem’s laughable style could go up against Amy Adams’ gianormous curls in “Enchanted,” or Cate Blanchett’s braided do in “Elizabeth” or her fro playing Dylan in “I’m Not There.” Hairstylists, unite!

Until that day, Bardem should atone for his unfortunate hair choice or there will be blood…


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