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The Academy Invites 774 New Oscar Voters But No Latina Actresses

The Academy of Arts and Film Sciences has made a push to include more people of color as Oscar voters, and for good reason. After the 2015 #OscarsSoWhite hashtag went viral — that year, most of the Oscar contenders were predominately white  Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs vowed to include more women and people of color as committee members. Last year, they invited 683 artists, including Luis Guzmán, Oscar Isaac, Eva Mendes, and Michelle Rodriguez.

This year, a staggering 774 artists, from 57 countries, are now able to vote in the Academy Awards. Several Latino creatives in music, filmmaking, and producing are now Academy members.

Lin-Manuel Miranda was selected in the “Music” category.

The “Hamilton” creator will next be seen in the 2018 feature film “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Many of the new Latino members came from the “Actors” category:

Rodrigo Santoro

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Santoro, whose is best known for his role in the 2003 hit “Love, Actually,” recently appeared in HBO’s “Westworld.”

Édgar Ramírez

Edgar Ramírez, who will star in Ryan Murphy’s forthcoming “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” made his breakthrough in the TV mini-series “Carlos.”

Nestor Serrano

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Longtime character actor Nestor Serrano can be seen in a slew of films including “Bad Boys,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” and “Lethal Weapon 2.”

Noel Gugliemi

Noel Gugliemi, who always seems to play guys named “Hector,” has appeared in “Training Day,” the “Fast and Furious” franchise, and “The Dark Night Rises.”

Director Alejandro Jodorowsky was also included in this year’s class.

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The Chilean director is best known for the surrealist films “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain.”

The Academy states that from 2015 to 2017, there’s been a 359% increase in the number of women invited to join.

However, as you can see there’s not one Latina actress who was invited to join (Paz Vega and Elena Anaya, who were in this year’s class, are both Spanish). There are, however, some Latinas in the writing and directing category: director Patricia Cardoso and writer Paz Alicia Garciadiego.

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A Latina Seamstress To The Stars Is Going Viral On Twitter After Her Son’s Mother’s Day Post

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A Latina Seamstress To The Stars Is Going Viral On Twitter After Her Son’s Mother’s Day Post

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Updated: May 11, 2020.

If you were on Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok for Mother’s Day, you know that Latinos were out and about flexing about their love for their mamas. While many of us opted to share words of love and throwback photos of our beautiful madres, some decided to celebrate the labor and hard work their mamas have done over the years to get us, their kids, to where we are now.

While many of these posts got attention, none captured our hearts quite like this one created by Twitter user @MrAcosta89.

In a series of images shared to his Twitter account, the self-described “son of immigrants” from Ecuador shared that his mother is in fact that seamstress behind some of the biggest red carpet moments in celebrity fashion.

That’s right, according to Acosta, he’s blessed with a mother that has dressed the likes of Lupita Nyong’o and Riri.

Now after a bit of digging, we were able to find that the dresses, which were worn by Lupita Nyong’o, Saoirse Ronan, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rihanna were actually designed by Calvin Klein. But, whose needle and scissors poured over every seam? This mama’s! What’s more all four dresses continue to be praised and highlighted by fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Even to this day.

No doubt, this Latina is pretty incredible, and just about everyone who saw the post thinks so too.

Just about everyone praised Acosta for highlighting the hands that made these iconic dresses.

And so many Latinas vowed to one day achieve such celebrity status so that they could also hire his mother to create their dresses.

According to Acosta, his mother has lived in the United States for over thirty years.

And while she’s apparently not really interested in learning English or being a social media star, she is getting quite the following online.

We stan Acosta’s Mama and her designer dresses.

Updated May 11, 2020. @MrAcosta89’s mother’s name is Jenny Malo.

Korean Dark Comedy ‘Parasite’ Becomes The First Non-English Language Movie To Win The Oscar For Best Picture

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Korean Dark Comedy ‘Parasite’ Becomes The First Non-English Language Movie To Win The Oscar For Best Picture

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The Academy Awards last night brought many surprise wins and losses. “Parasite,” a Korean dark comedy about the class struggle in South Korea, swept with four major awards. The movie took home the Oscar for Best Director, Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, and the most sought after Best Picture. The night was history-making as “Parasite” is the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture.

Director Bong Joon-ho made history last night with his film “Parasite.”

“Parasite” was competing for the award against “1917,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “The Irishman,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Director Bong Joon-ho made history with his film. “Parasite” is the first-ever non-English language film to win the award for Best Picture. There have only been 11 non-English movies nominated for Best Picture out of the 563 that have been nominated in the Academy’s history. The award is the only one where all Academy members are allowed to cast a vote for and is presented to the producers of the film. Last year’s winner was “Green Book.”

The unexpected and welcomed victory is an important moment in Oscar’s history and people are taking notice.

In a time when certain voices are being oppressed, the elevation of these kinds of stories and communities is important. Representation matters and film is one way we can show other cultures and participate in major cultural conversations.

Compared to the rest of the movies nominated for Best Picture, “Parasite” had the lowest production budget.

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The film, which cost about $11 million to produce, became Bong Joon-ho’s first film to gross over $100 million worldwide. The movie earned $167.6 million worldwide with $35.5 million made in the U.S.

“I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” producer Kwak Sin Ae said through a translator.

The historic moment has angered some people who wish the award went to an American film.

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Earlier during the award season, Bong Joon-ho stated that the Best Picture award was a local award. The statement, which caught everyone’s attention, was an unintentional drag of the Academy while also painting an honest picture of the award’s history.

The U.S. is how to the largest Korean diaspora community in the world. Around 2.2 million people in the U.S. identify as being of Korean descent. The Korean community makes up about 0.7 percent of the U.S. population. South Koreans make up 99 percent of those with Korean heritage living in the U.S.

Yet, a larger chorus of voices are praising the film and celebrating the historic win.

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What do you think about “Parasite” winning the Oscar for Best Picture?

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