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Oscar nominations and snubs

There is a lot of frustration over the lack of recognition given to Latinos in this year’s Academy Awards nomination. The most notable snubs for this year’s Academy award nominations include Salma Hayek for “Savages” and Penelope Cruz, who starred in “To Rome With Love”. However, the biggest snub award for Latinos based by popular vote went to cinematographer, Rodrigo Prieto for “Argo”. Many felt that Argo’s cinematography quality was comparable to other nominated films like “Skyfall”, “Anna Karenina”, “Django Unchained”, “Life of Pi”, and “Lincoln”.

Although there is reason to be upset, there is still a silver lining! This year’s Academy Awards’ nomination list has four Latino nominations. Take Chilean Claudio Miranda for example, he was selected for “best photography” with his work on “Life of Pi”. For Miranda, this is nothing new because back in 2009, he was also nominated for the same category for his work in the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Unfortunately, the film fell victim to Anthony Dod Mantle’s film, “Slumdog Millionaire”.

For those who are pro “Argo”, do not worry because Mexicano, Jose Antonio Garcia and his colleagues were nominated for an Oscar in the category of “Best Sound” for their work in “Argo”. Actually, Garcia’s nomination was the only good news for the film. Even its director, Ben Affleck, was shockingly denied a nomination for Best Director.

In the category for “Best Costume”, Paco Delgado got the nod for his outstanding work for the film/musical “Les Miserables”.

Lastly, the movie “No” got the nomination for “Best Foreign Feature”, which is directed by Chilean film director, Pablo Larrain. Leading Mexican actor, Gael Garcia Bernal, was also given a lot of credit for the film’s success, but got no nomination for best actor. The film is based on the 1988 Chilean election where the public is asked to vote on whether to allow Dictator, Augusto Pinochet to continue to stay in power after 15 years.


Francois Duhamel, Sony Pictures, Associated Press

Regardless of your taste in films, let’s be proud that Latinos are being represented in one of the biggest awards presented every year!

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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