This is the second nomination for Benicio. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 21 Grams, he won the Academy Award when he was first nominated for Traffic. Benicio plays Jack, an ex-convict who has turned to religion to rebuild his life but may lose what he has gained in the wake of a terrible accident.
Benicio entered Hollywood in the mid 90's as one of the most intriguing offbeat actors of the decade. He did oddball roles in movies like The Usual Suspects and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Mainstream recognition came to Benicio with Steven Soderbergh's Traffic where he played a Mexican police officer fighting corruption and drug traffickers at the border.