People Staff
February 28, 2008 AT 04:00 PM EST

Javier Bardem’s mother Pilar is ecstatic about her son’s accomplishments as an actor. The veteran actress – who’s now back in Spain after accompanying her son to the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles – expressed that she couldn’t hold back her tears after seeing her son win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, which he dedicated to her.

“The family has been working on this for many years. I cried a lot, but the tears had a soothing effect on the inside. It’s been the greatest gift that my son has given me,” the 68-year-old actress told Europa Press news agency when she returned to Spain.

Even though the Oscar win is a huge honor for her 38-year-old son, the proud mother warned that people shouldn’t get too caught up in awards. “You have to approach these things like a short break on the road of life,” explained the actress after saying that she would still consider her a winner even if his name hadn’t been called at the Academy Awards. “He was already a winner for having worked with directors whom he admires, and also for working on a project that was honored as best picture of the year, won best directors and best adapted screenplay awards,” she added.

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