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Aubrey Plaza Wants To Be The First Latina To Win Best Actress At The Academy Awards

The 21st Annual Impact Awards were held on Feb. 23 in Los Angeles and this year’s honorees included “Coco”, Nicholas Gonzalez, Aubrey Plaza, Tony Revolori, Diane Guerrero and Randy Falco.

The annual award show recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media.

Aubrey Plaza was honored with Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture for her starring role in “Ingrid Goes West”.

The 33-year-old took the stage to accept her award, but in true Plaza fashion the actress made a point to address some very important issues. Namely, The Academy Awards and their lack of inclusion of Latinas in their award categories.

During her acceptance speech, Plaza talked about the fact that a Latina has never won an Oscar for Best Actress.

Latinas have won Oscars for Best Supporting Actress, like Rita Moreno for “West Side Story”. They’ve also been nominated for Best Actress including in 1998 when Fernanda Montenegro was nominated for “Central Station”. In 2002 Salma Hayek was nominated for “Frida” and in 2004 Catalina Sandino Moreno was nominated for “Maria Full of Grace”. Yet, none of these Latinas ever took home the prize as best actress.

Plaza went on to say that she would someday be the first Latina to win the Best Actress Oscar.

“I’m going to accept the leading best actress award on behalf of the Oscars 2018 ceremony because I heard a fun fact tonight that I never knew before, which is that no Latina actress has ever won best actress at the Oscars – ever,” she said, according to Variety. “So I’m going to accept that tonight to manifest that energy.”

Plaza proudly proclaimed that she would win for a role best suited for her humor, someone crazy.

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“I’ll play some kind of psychotic character, some kind of criminal lunatic, those complicated characters I’m good at, and I’ll do that for you,” Plaza said. “And I’m going to win that award.'”

Something tells us she’s not lying.


READ: Gina Rodriguez Says Lack of Latinos In Hollywood Is “Devastating”

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Interracial Couples Are Officially Getting Emoji Representation

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Interracial Couples Are Officially Getting Emoji Representation

Representation matters.

When it comes to interracial couples, this is certainly true. In 2017, The New York Times posed the question “where are all of the racial couples?” in an article about the representation of mixed-race couples on screen. The pieces pointed out that for many years, the entertainment industry “forbid depictions of interracial relationships. From 1930 until the late 1960s, the Motion Picture Production Code banned ‘vulgarity and suggestiveness’ so that ‘good taste may be emphasized.'” The piece put a bold underline under the fact that decades have passed since these codes were dismantled. In fact, the same year of the article’s release, the Pew Research Center revealed that the number rose to 10 percent, including 11 million interracial marriages in total.

These statistics oddly haven’t always extended to even our most innovative forms: texting to name just one. Up until recently, texters weren’t able to express their mix-raced love via iPhones.

Now thanks to a new update, they are!

New updates to Apple‘s iOS 14.5 are bringing interracial couples to your texts this Spring.

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Apple is working to make our texting experience more inclusive and representative for all phone users. In a recent update from Unicode, the system that produces emojis, Apple has announced that they will be unveiling new designs and new options for emojis that already exist as part of iOS 14.5.

New designs for the emojis will be more representative of people with disabilities as well.

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They include a person with a bird, flaming heart emoji, a healed heart, and new skin tone variants for kissing couples and couples with heart emojis. There will also be accessibility-themed emojis which include an ear with a hearing aid, a guide dog, a prosthetic leg, and a prosthetic arm.

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Oscar Isaac Will Be Marvel’s First Live-Action Latino Superhero on Disney Plus

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Oscar Isaac Will Be Marvel’s First Live-Action Latino Superhero on Disney Plus

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Oscar Isaac was cast in the new Disney+ Marvel TV series “Moon Knight”. According to Variety, “Moon Knight” will tell the story of “an elite soldier and mercenary who decides to fight crime after he becomes the human avatar of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon.”

The news is exciting because it marks the Guatemalan-American actor’s first lead on a TV series and Marvel’s first live-action Latino superhero. In a time when seeing Latinos on TV is rare, this announcement gives us hope that Hollywood is becoming more open to hiring Latinx talent. It is also exciting because this isn’t the first time that Disney+ has hired a Latino actor to spearhead one of its blockbuster shows.

The streaming giant also hired Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal to be the lead of its extremely successful Star Wars spinoff series “The Mandalorian,” which will be premiering its second season on October 30th. “The Mandalorian” follows a story of a mysterious space bounty hunter who goes on the run with a “child” (i.e. Baby Yoda) he was hired to track down and return to his client.

“The Mandalorian” was a commercial and critical darling. Experts believed it helped launch Disney+ into the competitive streaming market. Experts believe the show was one of the reasons Disney+ amassed 26.5 million subscribers in its first six weeks.

And as Variety so astutely noted, since there will be no new Star Wars movies until at least 2023, Pascal is the current and only face of the Star Wars franchise. The burden is heavy, but Pascal bears it well. And his excellence in the role is further proof that Latinos can and should be starring in more TV shows.

The hiring of Isaac and Pascal as the leads of their two major shows makes Disney+ strides ahead of other networks who won’t take a chance on Latinx talent. The failure of Hollywood to give Latinos a seat at the table has been a hot-button issue of late, with the problem culminating recently in an open letter that 270 Latinx writers recently penned condemning the entertainment industry. The letter noted that Latinos make up 18.3% of the U.S. population, but only 8.7% of TV writers.

The move to cast Isaac after the success of Pascal in “The Mandalorian” might not be coincidental. The two men are famously close and have been best friends for years after meeting in an off-Broadway play at the beginning of their careers. Isaac has been candid about that time in their lives and in the industry at large, telling Variety that back then it was “so easy to be pigeonholed in very specific roles because we’re Latinos.”

“The dream was to be able to pay rent,” Isaac continued. “There wasn’t a strategy. We were just struggling. It was talking about how to do this thing that we both love but seems kind of insurmountable.” The two actors have been friends rather than competitors in a cutthroat industry, so much so that Isaac convinced Pascal to audition for “The Mandalorian” in the first place, as he told Wired.

It’s worth giving Disney+ credit where credit is due. While people like to discount TV shows and movies as if they don’t make a difference, the truth is, it is so fulfilling to see someone who looks like you reflected back to you through your TV screen. Representation matters.

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