The Oscars will have little Latin flavor in comparison to previous years, where Latinos and Hispanics had a great and important presence.
This year, the Chilean film “No,” a recount of the end of the Chilean dictatorship, directed by Larrain and starred by Mexican Gael Garcia Bernal, is the only Latin American film nominated for Best Foreign film.
Other Latino talents nominated for the Academy Awards in 2013 are Claudio Miranda, nominated for cinematography, on this occasion for “Life of Pi;” Mexican sound engineer Jose Antonio Garcia, in the category of sound mixing, for the film “Argo;” and last but not least, the Hispanic documentary “Innocent,” a history of personal overcoming of an adolescent that aspires to being an artist while he wanders by the streets of San Diego.
Who missed the Oscars bus this year?
Latinos were disappointed when Javier Bardem was outside the competition despite starring as the villain of “Skyfall,” but other Hispanics were nominated, among them the Spanish costumier of “Les Misérables,” Paco Delgado, who competes in the best costume category for the musical comedy.
We could also consider Joaquin Phoenix as part of this meager list, as he was born in Puerto Rico from American parents. He joins the ranks with his nomination for best actor for his performance in “The Master.”
In addition to the absence of Bardem, others missed the presence of the Spanish Juan Antonio Bayona for his direction of “The Impossible,” a catastrophe film about the Thailand tsunami. The only nomination the film got was for the Australian actress Naomi Watts.
“After Lucia,” the new Michel Franco film and the Mexican hope for a nomination in the best foreign film category, didn’t get in. The same happened to “Snow White” — from Spanish film director Pablo Berger — an odd, black and white silent film with a bullfighter Snow White, as well as the Argentinean “Clandestine Childhood” by Benjamin Avila, which was left out of the nominees.
The awards this year include less Latinos than previous Academy Awards have. Previously, we’ve seen Mexicans Demian Bichir and Emmanuel Lubezki, Argentine-French actress Berenice Bejo, the beautiful Penelope Cruz, Brazilians Carlinhos Brown and Sergio Mendes, Argentinean Juan Jose Campanella and the Spaniards Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Alberto Iglesias, who didn’t win last year — For the third time! — the best original score award.
What are the projects these talents were in this year?
Berenice Bejo is now starring in her first role since her Oscar-nominated success, “Au Bonheurs Des Ogres,” or “The Scapegoat,” an adaptation of the classic French novel by Daniel Pennac. A new trailer has just arrived advertising the film’s April release in France.
Penelope Cruz made her second pregnancy news official to the Spanish TV station TVE earlier this month, so she seems to have enough enjoying her husband’s — Javier Bardem — Goya Award for now.
Fernando Trueba is thrilled about his latest project “El artista y la modelo.” Meanwhile, Juan Jose Campanella, the Academy Award winner for the film “El secreto de sus ojos,” has transitioned to animated films with his last project, the film “Futbolín,” that will be launched next June and has recently had its Avant Premier in Buenos Aires.
Latinos absent from the Oscars will be missed this year but some of the projects they have coming up could be Oscar material for the 86th Academy Awards… Who knows?