LAST night on a starry night in Los Angeles Antonio Banderas had his fifth opportunity to finally win a Golden Globe, but it was again taken away from him.

Once again the Spaniard had to settle for a nomination, as Joaquin Phoenix walked away with the award for Best Actor.

Phoenix, bagged the award for the second time in his career, for his role in Joker.

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RUNNER UP: A still of Banderas in the role of Salvador Mallo in Dolor y Gloria

Banderas, 59, was nominated for his role as Salvador Mallo in the Spanish drama Dolor y Gloria, directed by one of the godfathers of Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodovar.

The film, which draws on Almodovar’s own life, is set across two timelines.

In the present, Mallo is a film director who achieved major success in his prime but is now in his 50s and is quite depressed and lacks inspiration.

In the past timeline, we witness young Salva’s youth, where he shares a tender relationship with his mother Jacinta (Penelope Cruz), as she tries her hardest to get him a good education in order to find a way out of poverty.

The other nominees in the Best Actor category were Jonathan Pryce for his role in the Netflix movie The Two Popes, Christian Bale for his role in Ford v Ferrari and Adam Driver for his role in Marriage Story.

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