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Does The Oscar Speak Spanish?

Does The Oscar Speak Spanish?

Posted by Juan Gavasa on February 26, 2014

It's Oscars' time again which means the world will eagerly await to see which talented individuals win the acclaimed awards for their contributions. There are three Latinos nominated for the 86th Annual Academy Awards who made the cut: Alfonso Cuarón for Best Director for "Gravity," Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography for "Gravity," and Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "12 Years A Slave." Fun fact: The first Hispanic actor to win an Academy Award was José Ferrer in 1950 for the film "Cyrano de Bergerac" and the first Latino to be nominated was Emile Kuri, in 1942, for Best Art Direction in "Silver Queen."

That said, the industry is still lacking diversity and representing minorities--although it should be noted that it has made major strides over the years. In fact, a University of Southern California study analyzing Academy Award's Best Picture nominees from 1977 to 2010 found that less a mere 1.9 percent of winners were Hispanic. This finding mimiced that of a recent Los Angeles Times study that Blacks and Hispanics account for a mere two percent of academy members. As such, the accomplishments of nearly 60 Latinos in the slideshow above should be celebrated, as they are not only representing the Latino community but they have also paved the way for many more talented individuals in the years to come.

Somo of them were Puerto Rican actor José Ferrer, Mexican actor Demián Bichir, Argentina-born actress Bérénice Bejo, Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Mexican actor Anthony Quinn, Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, Cuban actor Andy García, Mexican actress Katy Jurado, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro, Mexican actress Salma Hayek, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno, Mexican actress Adriana Barraza, Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, Brazilan actress Fernanda Montenegro, Brazilian cinematographer César Charlone, Mexican director and screenwriter Guillermo del Toro, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, Argentine director Juan José Campanella, Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, Argentine musician Gustavo Santaolalla, Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler, Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, Argentine actress Norma Aleandro, Mexican cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, and Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga.

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