Antonio Banderas and Girlfriend Nicole Kimpel Walk the Golden Globes Red Carpet
It’s a date night for Antonio Banderas!
Nominated tonight in the best actor category for Pain and Glory, Banderas wore a white sports coat with a black bow tie and classic black slacks. Kimpel, a financial consultant, stunned in a long sleeve, plunging black sequin gown, featuring a thigh-high slit and shoulder pads.
The couple started dating in 2014, shortly after the Zorro star’s split from Melanie Griffith after 18 years of marriage. Kimpel and Banderas have been inseparable since the beginning of their romance, with the actor often sharing sweet photos of her on social media.
Despite moving on, Banderas remains good friends with his ex-wife (the two share 22-year-old daughter, Stella). Griffith also shares daughter Dakota, 29, with actor Don Johnson, and son Alexander, 34, with actor Steven Bauer.
“I am not married with Melanie anymore, but she is my family,” Banderas said during an interview with Vulture . “She is probably one of my best friends, if not the best friend that I have. My family is there, Dakota [Johnson], little Estella and Alexander.”
Earlier this year, the Spanish actor — who suffered a heart attack in January 2017 — opened up to PEOPLE Now about drawing on personal experiences while filming Pain and Glory, and how the director of the film, Pedro Almodóvar, helped him through it.
“It changed me in certain ways. Yeah, and Pedro detected that. He saw it and said, ‘Don’t hide this thing that you have now after your cardiac problem, don’t hide it. I think the character can use that because the character is filled with pain and a lot of diseases and solitude and loneliness,’” the veteran actor said.
Banderas stars as a director who reflects on the choices he’s made in his life while his present and past come crashing down in the critically acclaimed film. He told PEOPLE Now he “knew exactly what [Almodóvar] was talking about,” explaining, “Because after you have a heart attack you receive an amount of information about what life is about that is very difficult to describe in words. It just set up a new way of understanding life itself.”
Aside from a Golden Globe nod, Banderas’ performance has also earned plenty of Oscar buzz since Pain and Glory premiered in October. The film marks his eighth with Almodóvar.
The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony is airing live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 5.