By Dave Karger
November 08, 2007 at 12:00 PM EST

I’m about to interview the phenomenal Javier Bardem for my Just A Minute video series on, and as I’ve been preparing for our conversation, I’ve noticed something pretty interesting: There’s a decent chance that all four of this season’s Academy Awards for acting could go to foreigners. There’s Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, France’s Marion Cotillard or Brit Julie Christie for Best Actress, Bardem (a Spaniard) or Englishman Tom Wilkinson for Best Supporting Actor, and Aussie Cate Blanchett or Scot Tilda Swinton for Best Actress. The last time no good-old American talent won at the Oscars? All the way back in 1965, when three Brits (Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, and Peter Ustinov) and Russian-born Lila Kedrova swept the four acting prizes. So who are this country’s best bets to block a foreign invasion come next February? Perhaps it’s Bardem’s toughest competition: Into the Wild‘s Cleveland-born scene-stealer Hal Holbrook.