Latinos (barely) recognized at Oscars
Claudio Miranda. AP
Were we a little disappointed by the Latino victories at this year’s Academy Awards? Yes, but as they say in show business…“It’s an honor just to be nominated.” Several Hispanics were actually nominated this year, including Gael Garcia Bernal for the Chilean drama "No." But only "Life of Pi" cinematographer Claudio Miranda walked away with Oscar gold.
And Claudio definitely deserved the recognition. He created a beautiful world in "Pi," as he had done in previous hits like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Tron: Legacy." Despite his talents though, Miranda seemed shocked by the win and was truly humbled when he took the stage.
“This was quite a beast to make. Everyone was totally there and supportive ... I can't even speak,” he said referring to "Pi."
Unfortunately Gael’s "No" didn’t make the Best Foreign Language Film cut, losing to Austria’s "Amour." Paco Delgado had a strong shot at earning the night’s Best Costume Design award for "Les Miserables," but lost out to "Anna Karenina’s" Jacqueline Durran.
Nevertheless, two features about Latinos were recognized by the Academy. "Searching for Sugarman," which follows the life musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, won Best Feature Documentary and the teen drama "Inocente" nabbed Best Documentary Short.
Elsewhere, glamorous Latina movie stars made sure to leave their mark. Salma Hayek wowed the crowd in a sultry black dress when she took the stage to present the night’s Humanitarian Award. And Zoe Saldana showed off her incredible figure in a tight Alexis Mabille Couture gown when she presented the Academy technical awards.
The big winners of the night included Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln," Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway for "Les Miserables." "Argo" (which happens to have a Latino lead character) won Best Picture, which was famously presented by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Other than that, the only real gripe we had was during the night’s “In Memoriam” segment. Meant to honor movie stars who passed away in 2012, it noticeably omitted Lupe Ontiveros, who appeared in countless memorable films including "Goonies" and "Selena."
What did you think of this year’s Academy Awards?