"If you miss them, you go there in secret and you hold it, then you go back to the living room," Javier Barden joked to PEOPLE

By Jason Duaine Hahn
February 24, 2019 09:40 PM

Javier Bardem says he and his wife, Penélope Cruz, keep their Oscar statues in a special place — but he’s not telling exactly where!

The actor, who portrays Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in 2018’s Loving Pablo, told PeopleTV during the Red Carpet Live special that he and Cruz have a pretty special place where they keep their Oscars — but because they don’t want to flaunt the statue, they keep them pretty low-key.

“Where do we keep them? In a place that’s not so obvious, that we can see in the corner of our eye, so it’s not like, they are there,” Bardem, 49, said ahead of the 2019 Academy Awards. “And if you miss them, you go there in secret and you hold it, then you go back to the living room.”

Cruz won for her supporting role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2009 and was also nominated in 2007 and 2010. Bardem won the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2008 Oscars and was nominated twice more for Best Actor in 2001 and 2011.

Bardem, referencing the Spanish language film Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuarón and nominated for Best Picture, said he is encouraged by the quality of movies that are being honored Sunday at the Dolby Theater.

Javier Bardem at the 91st Academy Awards

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“It means that movies unify us, and the quality of movies are beyond our language and nationality,” he says.

For his role as Escobar, Bardem gained weight to look the part, and Cruz was not pleased, he joked to PEOPLE in September.

“She wasn’t happy,” Bardem said of Cruz’s reaction when she saw her husband in his full Escobar look — which included a prosthetic belly. “I mean, she wasn’t happy in the sense that she knew what was coming. She knew what was coming.”

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“I gained weight in order to be able to flip through between different weights,” the actor added. “And there’s a moment where I have the prosthetic, and there’s another moment where I don’t have the prosthetic.”

The 91st Academy Awards are broadcasting live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on ABC.