Surprises & Snubs: Oscar Nominations From A Latino Perspective
Movie fans were on pins and needles as Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone stepped up to the podium and announced the 2012 Oscar nominees. And while several worthy actors and films made the cut, a few respected Latinos were nowhere to be found. Here’s our take on what the Academy got right and what they got wrong.
One film that we were very excited to hear named was "No." This hard-hitting political drama starred Gael Garcia Bernal and was directed by acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain. "No" rightfully earned a nod for Best Foreign Language Film, but surprisingly Gael’s performance was not recognized. And seeing how the Austrian movie "Amour" transcended Foreign Language to get a Best Picture nomination, we were a little disappointed that the Academy voters didn’t do the same for "No."
Another very worthy nominee is Spanish designer Paco Delgado, who was recognized for Best Costume Design. Paco’s work on "Les Miserables" has been earning buzz for months. His wardrobe recreations reflect war torn France beautifully, from Anne Hathaway’s torn frocks to Russell Crowe’s decorated military uniforms. And as he told Fox News Latino, a lot of research was put into the project.
“I have to reflect stories and lives in the costumes,” Delgado said. “I wanted to create a world that somehow had a lot of realistic input,”
On the documentary side, the Latino presence was definitely felt with a nomination for "Searching for Sugar Man." This fascinating portrait of Mexican-American folk star Rodriguez picked up critical praise over the summer and if it can win Best Documentary Feature, it should be able to reach an even larger mainstream audience.
But with all this recognition, let us not forget the talented Latinos who were passed over. One of this year’s glaring omissions was Javier Bardem, who delivered a mesmerizing performance in the James Bond movie, "Skyfall." His Raul Silva character won praise from critics around the globe and many were expecting his name to be read in the Best Supporting Actor category.
The fantastic documentary "Hecho en Mexico" was also noticeably absent from this morning's nominee list. An amazing portrait of Central American music, it featured the talents of Carla Morrison and Chavela Vargas and was praised by indie film fans. Our hope was that it would score a Best Song nomination at the very least.
But at least we can root for the talented Latinos who are up for Oscar gold. You can see who takes home what when the Academy Awards broadcast kicks off on February 24.
What was your favorite movie of 2012?