Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem finally appeared in public as a couple on Oscar night, sitting side-by-side in the front row and holding hands. Penélope, a nominee for Nine and a presenter, since she won Best Supporting Actress last year for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, looked gorgeous in a dark-red Donna Karan gown, and Javier looked scrumptious, as usual.
The couple, who met way back in 1992 while working on the Spanish film Jamón, jamón, got together while shooting Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in which they played a divorced couple and Penélope screamed a lot and threw things. They've been dating on the sly since late 2007, and were photographed together after the 2008 ceremony, although they arrived separately and Javier's date was his mother, Pilar. Penelope Cruz Preggers With Javier Bardem's Baby?
When Penélope won her Oscar last year, Javier was notably absent, even though he should have been there to present Best Supporting Actor with fellow past winners Christopher Walken, Kevin Kline, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alan Arkin and Joel Grey, since he'd won for his supporting role in No Country For Old Men in 2008. His official excuse was a "work commitment," but come on! It's the Oscars! Your lady friend is nominated! Oscar Presenters: Rating Their Chemistry
Well, he stepped up this year. Javier looked sleek in black tie next to Penélope and a handful of other completely adorbs couples: Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges and his lovely wife, Susan; Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James; and Matt Damon and his pretty wife, Luciana. It was a great date night out for scores of nominated folks and their partners, including super cute Best Animated Feature winner Pete Docter and his wife, Amanda, and we would be remiss if we didn't mention the promo for Jimmy Kimmel's show that revealed him in bed between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Because that was pretty funny. Also, how very, very cute is Jeremy Renner? 6 Best Oscar Couples
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