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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

The 92nd Academy Awards were filled with unexpected wins and losses. However, the red carpet was home to some of the most memorable moments of the night. One moment that really stood out was Anthony Ramos telling Ryan Seacrest one of the first bits of advice Lin-Manuel Miranda gave him.

Anthony Ramos dazzled on the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards.

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Ramos and his fiancée Jasmine Cephas Jones stunned on the red carpet with their looks. Ramos and Jones got engaged in December 2018 after knowing each other for three years as costars on the wildly successful “Hamilton.”

During his interview with Ryan Seacrest, Ramos recalled a touching moment he had with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Seacrest asked the rising star about his time spent working with Miranda and Ramos had a touching story ready to go.

“Lin told me a quote one time,” Ramos told Seacrest. “I cracked a joke and I was like, ‘Ah. That’s kind of hood. I should probably change the way I speak.’ Lin said, ‘Papa, you never need to change the way you speak. You just have to make sure that people understand you.’ I’ll never forget that quote.”

Ramos added about the authenticity Miranda draws from him: “Just be honest. Just be who you are and be honest and he just kind of let me do my thing on set.”

The advice is something so many people of color can relate to and appreciate.

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Whether it is sounding hood like Ramos said or speaking with an accent, our voices have been made to feel less than. Miranda’s advice is something so many people could have used when they were younger. There is nothing more empowering than owning every part of your identity and your voice and accent are part of that. There is nothing wrong with sounding like your background as long as you make sure everyone else can understand you and who you are.

The moment is reminding fans how much they care for Ramos’s and Miranda’s relationship.

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A quick search on the Internet will show you the kind of friendly love between the two entertainers. Miranda has spent time in his own career to uplift the upcoming actor. During the awards ceremony, Miranda called Ramos a movie star giving a nod to the highly anticipated performance by Ramos in the upcoming “In The Heights” film.

Who else is excited to see this bromance grow this year?

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It is these kinds of those friendships that we want more of. Thank you for showing off that Latin excellence while uplifting each other. That’s the kind of energy we need to take into 2020.

READ: Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale

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Anthony Ramos Gifted the Internet With His Audition For the Movie ‘Cats’ and…We’re Not Mad at It

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Anthony Ramos Gifted the Internet With His Audition For the Movie ‘Cats’ and…We’re Not Mad at It

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It’s safe to say that Anthony Ramos dodged a bullet. The ‘Hamilton’ singer-actor took to Twitter on Tuesday to drop a completely unexpected (but wholly appreciated) gem: his audition for the 2019 movie-musical ‘Cats’.

Seemingly out-of-the-blue, Ramos shared a video of his audition accompanied by the simple text: “This was my audition for CATS the movie.”

No more explanation needed, we guess?

Ramos sings a sexy rendition of “Rum Tum Tugger”–a song about a cat so charismatic and sexually appealing that he drives the lady cats wild (hey, there’s a reason the movie was a disaster).

As a refresher, audiences were turned off by “Cats'” bizarre visual effects and nonsensical plot.

It was marketed as the ultimate Oscar bait: a star-studded movie adaptation of a beloved and long-running musical with a rabid fan base.

The film starred big-name celebs like Jennifer Hudson, Judy Dench, and Taylor Swift. It was directed by Tom Hooper, who had previously wowed critics and audiences alike with his film adaptation of “Les Miserables”.

But “Cats” bombed so badly that the movie became endless fodder for internet memes and late night hosts.

But Ramos’s audition made the entire internet realize what could have been, if the casting directors had known what was good for them.

If you’re a fan of the musical, then it’s no surprise that Ramos auditioned for the part of Rum Tum Tugger–a cat so charismatic and sexually appealing that he drives the lady cats wild.

According to the musical’s composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the character is meant to be an homage to rock-and-roll sex icon, Mick Jagger. In the 2019 adaptation, the part went to Jason Derulo.

In his audition, Ramos infused the part with class, sensuality, and a sense of movement that Jason Derulo definitely didn’t have.

And while some people were confused at why Anthony Ramos shared this random audition #TBT, most people were just happy to watch.

One thing’s for sure: Ramos is an artist who is truly dedicated to his craft.

This person correctly stated that Ramos was “far too good” for the movie.

I mean…facts.

This person believed that Ramos could have single-handedly saved “Cats” from certain doom, had he been hired.

We understand the sentiment, but we don’t believe anything could have saved “Cats”.

This person proposed a full Broadway revival with Ramos starring as Rum Tum Tugger.

Stranger things have happened!

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Netflix’s ‘Ya No Estoy Aquí’ Will Represent Mexico At This Year’s Academy Awards

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Netflix’s ‘Ya No Estoy Aquí’ Will Represent Mexico At This Year’s Academy Awards

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Mexico has a storied history of successfully competing at the Academy Awards. In fact, it’s this long shadow of worldwide successes – such as last year’s Roma by Alfonso Cuarón – that hang over any Mexican film productions with Oscar ambitions.

And although not everyone agrees with this year’s choice for the country’s selection for the competition, many are rallying around Mexico’s chance at winning another golden statue.

Netflix Mexico is sending another film for Oscars consideration: Ya No Estoy Aquí.

The Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AMACC) announced this week that Ya No Estoy Aquí, by director Fernando Frías and released by Netflix, will represent Mexico in competition for “Best Foreign Film” at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.

Fernando Frías expressed his excitement in a statement shared by Netflix.

“The news took me by surprise and I am overwhelmed with happiness and emotion… The public shows us that they are ready to connect with our stories here in Mexico: here they found their way, from here they have been writing, and from here they go out into the world and not the other way around,” he stressed.

Although we’ll have to wait until March 15 to find out if Ya No Estoy Aquí actually makes the Academy’s short list of films officially nominated to the Best Foreign Film category. So far, more than 30 countries have submitted films, so there is still a long road ahead.

Other Mexican films considered for the competition included Nuevo Orden by Michel Franco, El ombligo de Guie’dani by Xavi Sala; Esto no es Berlín by Hari Sama; Mano de obra by David Zonana; and Te llevo conmigo by Heidi Ewing.

Ya No Estoy Aquí has earned huge praise for its powerful storyline.

Ya No Estoy Aquí has received praise for his cast of non-professional actors and for being shot on location across parts of Mexico and the United States. As a film, it addresses important issues that are particularly relevant in today’s political climate, such as belonging and immigration.

The film tells the story of Ulises (Juan Daniel Garcia), a young man who is part of the band Los Terkos, who are immersed in the culture of Kolombia music, popular for years in the northern city of Monterrey. But after problems with a local cartel, Ulises must escape to the United States where, not surprisingly, he suffers a thousand and one issues while adapting to his new life.

Since its debut at different festivals such as the Morelia Film Festival, the Cairo Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, Ya No Estoy Aquí has captured the attention of critics, obtaining important recognitions in its wake. A few months ago it was the highest award-winning film at the Ariel Awards with ten awards, including Best Film.

It was just last year that the Mexican film Roma won big at the awards ceremony.

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Just last year Mexico won big at the Oscars, thanks to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, which took home many awards including Best Foreign category. Cuarón along with Guillermo del Toro (who won big in 2018) have both endorsed the academy’s selection of Ya No Estoy Aquí.

Prior to Roma and The Shape of Water, Mexico has competed eight times at the Academy Awards. Most recently with Biutiful (2011) by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Pan’s Labyrinth (2007) by Del Toro, The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002) by Carlos Carrera, Amores Perros (2000) by González Iñárritu, Actas de Marusia (1975) by Miguel Littin, Tlayucan (1962) by Luis Alcoriza, Ánimas Trujano, The Important Man (1961) by Ismael Rodríguez and Macario (1960) by Roberto Galvadón.

We will have to wait until April 2021 to know if AMACC’s choice was the right one. In the meantime, because of the pandemic, you can enjoy Ya No Estoy Aquí on Netflix and judge for yourself. 

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