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The Academy Invites 774 New Oscar Voters But No Latina Actresses

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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.

READ: This Group Of Latino Comedians Couldn’t Stand By And Let The Oscars Snub Latinos Again

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The Internet Is Thirsting For Maluma And J.Lo As A Couple Following News They’ll Star In A New Movie Together

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The Internet Is Thirsting For Maluma And J.Lo As A Couple Following News They’ll Star In A New Movie Together

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It looks like Maluma is ready to add actor to his resume. The “Felices Los 4” singer has just been confirmed to play Jennifer Lopez’s cheating husband in the new film, Marry Me.

And the Internet let out a collective..uffff.

It’s confirmed that Maluma and Jennifer Lopez, two giant Latino icons, will play alongside each other in a new movie.

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Translation: Maluma is on his way to the big screen. He’ll play a Rockstar in “Marry Me” and Jennifer Lopez will be his wife. And there will be a third played by Owen Wilson will be a math teacher.

They’ll be playing an engaged couple in the new film, Marry Me.

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The plotline sounds like it has hints of Selena, Lopez’s breakthrough, plus 2018’s A Star Is Born—which recently found another pop star (Lady Gaga) playing a…pop star. And considering Lopez just recovered from an epic power outage at Madison Square Garden in real life, she’s bound to take this role on as a natural.

But since he cheats on her and J.Lo marries someone else…we can’t help but wonder how big Maluma’s part will be.

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In it, a pop star (here, played by Lopez) gears up to take the stage and marry her famous fiancé (Maluma) at New York City’s Madison Square Garden—only to find the man being unfaithful with her assistant. As the official description for the movie states, she then proceeds to have a meltdown on stage…and then picks a random guy from the audience (Owen Wilson) to say “I do” to instead.

Some on Twitter were giving a shout out to J Lo for helping get more Latinos on the big screen.

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Films, especially big Hollywood films need wayyyy more Latino representation and including a Colombian singer in the mix is a great move on behalf of STX Studios.

After his record with Madonna and collaboration with J Balvin, among others, Maluma is quickly becoming a household name and this role with J Lo will only help propel him to even more success.

While others were just happy (read: thirsty) to see Maluma up there on a big giant screen.

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Maluma already gives his fans plenty to see on his Instagram but imagine all of that man up on the big screen?! Yea, we are too.

READ: Here Are 25 Maluma Thirst Posts That We Definitely Double Tapped

Alfonso Cuarón Was Forced To Confront His Own Family’s History Of Thier Maid While Making ‘Roma’

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Alfonso Cuarón Was Forced To Confront His Own Family’s History Of Thier Maid While Making ‘Roma’

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“Roma” is a classic in the hearts of millions of fans who saw themselves on screen. For Latinos, the movie represents a glimpse of our rich history, the divide of social classes, and a story that deserves to be told. For cinephiles, the film is a work of art directed by one of the best directors of all time. But the story and film are two separate things. It’s a multilayered entity that we are still uncovering today, the hallmark of a classic as it will evolve to stay relevant.

Director Alfonso Cuarón said he began working on “Roma” 12 years ago.

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In an interview with Daily Mail, Cuarón said that he wanted to make a movie about his maid/nanny more than a decade ago. He wasn’t sure how the project or film would take shape, but he knew that he wanted to tell the story of Libo Rodriguez and how she raised Cuarón and his siblings.

This is something Cuarón as always been transparent about in many interviews. The focus of the film, as he has admitted, was to bring out the story of his family and maid in an authentic and honest portrayal.

Four years ago, Cuarón said he asked Libo if he could interview for his project, which, at the time, he called “The Book Of Hours.”

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“The first part was going through her routine, and it was almost a forensic account,” he told the publication. “All the detail was there, like how she would sit on the bed and wake up one of my siblings. We were talking about the bubble I was aware of. The house and my neighborhood.”

Their conversation back then covered everything that she did for them from showing them love, to cleaning up after them, to having “the talk.”

“She was like my parent, and you don’t question your parents about such things,” he said.

Going through these conversations, Cuarón realized the privilege he had by having Libo in his life.

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He said he felt immense guilt about their treatment toward her. The film ended up being a way to show his gratitude while also repairing what was broken.

“On the one hand, we’re saying: ‘We love you!” But go and wash the clothes, and bring me a smoothie.” He went on to say, “She had hardships in her life. Hunger when she was a child. And the cold. My experience of hunger then was ‘Oh, we’re late for lunch.'”

“The wound is part of who you are,” he said, “It’s like repairing a crack in a wall. Or, better, mending broken pottery. It’s about repairing yourself. And the end product is more beautiful than the original.”

Cuarón honest depiction of this relationship has stirred emotions within Mexico. The sudden rise in stardom for Yalitza Aparicio forced many in the country to reckon with the ideas around indigenous and non-white Mexicans.

READ: “Roma” Wins Three Oscars At The 2019 Academy Awards

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