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The Academy Award Nominations Are Out And ‘Coco’ Is Up For Two Awards While ‘The Shape of Water’ Leads With 13

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards are out and Latinos in the industry are getting some major love, particularly Guillermo del Toro and his film “The Shape of Water.” The Academy inducted several people of color and women to the organization to battle the #OscarsSoWhite narrative.

These are all the Latinos and Latino projects that got nominated for awards this year.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” leads the pack with 13 nominations including Best Director and Best Picture.

The most nominations ever for a movie is 14 with only three movies sharing that honor. Those movies are “All About Eve,” “Titanic,” and “La La Land.” “The Shape of Water” was just one nomination from being one of the most nominated movies of all time.

Del Toro is moved by the nominations from his film industry peers.

Del Toro spoke to the Los Angeles Times and explained how he felt after getting the news of the nominations.

“What is beautiful is to get there being faithful to the images you have loved all your life,” Del Toro told LA Times. “To arrive with a story and characters that you have seen in films before in one way or another and you bring 25 years of craft and 25 years of learning into a movie. It’s really beautiful. It’s happening for the right reasons in the right way.”

Fans are stoked “The Shape of Water” is getting so much love from the Academy.

And some are pointing out a trend of very talented Mexican directors doing it up.

Coincidence? Not likely. ?

“Coco” earned two Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

“Coco” is an indisputable hit in the U.S. and Mexico. The film has grossed over $650 million worldwide since it opened on Thanksgiving weekend. It quickly became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico.

 The songwriting duo of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez explain their process of creating “Remember Me”.

They really thought this song through. Felicidades, you two!

“Ferdinand” is also competing against “Coco” for Best Animated Feature.

Gina Rodriguez used her voice on the film and director Carlos Saldanha is of Brazilian descent.

You can see the rest of the nominations here.

Best of luck to all the nominees!


READ: Guillermo Definitely Had The Most Fun At The Oscars Red Carpet

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This Museum Has Outfitted A Hotel Suite Dedicated To The Monsters Of Guillermo Del Toro And It’s Terrifying

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This Museum Has Outfitted A Hotel Suite Dedicated To The Monsters Of Guillermo Del Toro And It’s Terrifying

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Academy Award-winning director of The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro wants you to spend the night in his Monster Suite this October. “En Casa Con Mis Monstruos,” is an exhibit curated by the director and inspired by his stunningly sinister imagination. The Monster Suite is a hotel room in collaboration with the horror-filled exhibit and Hotels.com — yes, it is the hotel room you would scream at the characters in the film to run from. 

To create the exhibit at the Museo de las Artes he worked with a team of artists, craftsmen, and actors to recreate the nightmarish lucid dreams he had as a little boy in Guadalajara, Mexico. Unlike other exhibits, instead of following a chronological order, del Toro’s is arranged thematically. The journey begins with visions of death and the afterlife, then continues with an exploration of the occult, magic, and monsters. It finishes up with representations of innocence and redemption. 

“I seek to promote in young artists love for images and remind them that encouragement and inspiration can come from academia or popular culture. Hopefully and in some corner of this visit, they will find inspiration in the monstrous, the dark and the forgotten,” del Toro stated

The hotel room is an extension of the exhibit and is even on the museum grounds. Those who manage to book a reservation will get a night tour of  “En Casa Con Mis Monstruous.” 

En Casa Con Mis Monstruos 

Guillermo del Toro, one of the masters of horror, has brought his nightmares to life with the “En Casa Con Mis Monstruos” exhibit at the Museo de las Artes in Guadalajara, Mexico. The exhibit features almost 1,000 installations from the legendary director’s films, comics, and personal collection curated from Bleak House, del Toro’s very own shrine of horror artifacts. 

“To find beauty in the profane. To elevate the banal. To be moved by genre. These things are vital for my storytelling,” says Guillermo del Toro. “This exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life.”

It sounds so poetic till you remember it’s all gonna scare the crap out of you!

The Monster Suite

In collaboration with Museo de las Artes and Hotels.com, comes del Toro’s Monster Suite. The suite features a doll that is obviously going to wake up at night and kill you, bell jars with body parts, gas masks, photos of body organs, and strange creatures with massive horns. 

“Looking for an out-of-this-world spooky hotel stay? We have a spot for you – if you dare!” The statement on Hotels.com reads. “The Monster Suite is a hauntingly beautiful hotel suite inspired by the monsters from the fantastical world of Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro. Before they tuck in for the night with their new monster BFFs, guests will also take an exclusive nocturnal tour of the “En Casa Con Mis Monstruos” exhibit.”

Guests will get an exclusive tour of the clearly haunted museum at night. If this were a horror movie, I would say: do not do this. You will die. What if someone is disguised as a monster and you think it’s a part of the exhibit? Then they do something horrifying like try to talk to you to express their shared interest in del Toro films — terrifying, my social anxiety can’t take it!

The room is only available for three nights October 3, 4, and 5 — and they’re already booked. I would love to meet these freaks. The room is located directly on the museum grounds so not only do you have to worry about the demons inside of the room, but the demons outside of the room. Human beings are monsters enough! Aye! I swear if one of the monsters looks like Mitch McConnell my soul will leave its body. 

At Home With Monsters

“Everyone wants to spend the night with monsters, right? The bold and daring can soon book the ‘Monster Suite,’ a room inspired by Guillermo del Toro,” Hotels.com captioned the photo. 

The creepy video footage of the hotel features the horrifying porcelain doll, hands emerging from walls, and some kind of horned demon. I don’t know if I would want to wake up and see that doll looking at me on the edge of the bed, but I am not cut from the same cloth as horror buffs. The room is supposed to evoke del Toro’s frightening sensibilities with a dark Victorian motif, fantastical elements, crimson-liquid filmed vials, and severed limbs. 

My only request is that if a fish-man falls in love with you, don’t leave him on read. He has feelings too. It’s hard out there for fish-boys.

A Latina Threw A ‘Coco’ Themed Party For Her Quinceañera And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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A Latina Threw A ‘Coco’ Themed Party For Her Quinceañera And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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It’s an understatement to say that the beloved Disney movie “Coco” has inspired a generation. Not only do the themes of family and acceptance resonate across all age groups, but the movie’s vibrant colors and catchy musical numbers make it the perfect movie to entertain the whole family. As well all know, the film was created as sort of a love letter to Mexico and Mexican culture. 

In some Latinx families, watching it has become a sort of tradition. 

Many “Coco” fans will tell you that the movie isn’t just a movie–it’s a way of life. 

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The movie has obviously hit a chord with the younger set, inspiring endless amounts of musical covers, artwork, and blog posts. And of course, the movie has also become a huge hit in the theme-party racket. A simple Pinterest search will turn up dozens of photos of children’s’ birthday parties inspired by the hit Disney musical. When it comes to throwing a “Coco”-themed party, the artistic possibilities are endless!

But the most recent act reverence for the acclaimed film may be the most exciting one yet.

While many Latinas have quinceañeras that end up being more of their mother’s vision than their own, it looks like one lucky Latina got to take the reigns on her special day.  Recently on Twitter, a super-fan shared pictures with the film’s director of  a “Coco”-themed quinceañera. The party was complete with calacas, candy, and ofrendas–all of which brought to mind specific parts of the movie.

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The birthday girl’s cousin shared the pictures to Twitter tagging the film’s director Lee Unkrich and asking Unrich if he liked it. Olivas shared four photos (although we would love to see more), of different parts of the party’s decor.

Needless to say, the pictures are a sight to behold.

It’s obvious from how intricate the decorations are that someone put in an incredible amount of work. We all know that many Latinx families spare no expense when they’re throwing a Quinceañera, but the amount of effort put into this one may just take the cake.

Just look at this beautiful “Coco”-themed ofrenda:

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If you look closely, you can see that one ofrenda has pictures of what are (presumably) family members that have passed. But on another ofrenda, the people in the photos are all characters from the movie. 

So much thought was put into the fictional ofrendas that the only characters displayed are ones that Miguel meets in the afterlife:

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As you can see in the display, great-grandma Coco sits in the middle. Then, there are Tío Oscar and Tío Felipe in the background, and Tía Rosita on the left. And of course, we couldn’t forget the infamous torn photo of Miguel’s great-grandfather, Hector, on the right. It looks like this family didn’t leave anyone out!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a “Coco” without Miguel’s guitar being featured prominently on one display:

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You can truly tell that this quinceañera’s decorations were a labor of love. The amount of detail that was paid attention to is inspiring. We wish this movie had been around when we turned fifteen!

And of course, the true piece de resistance was the cake, that has the signature “Coco”lettering emblazoned on the top:

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We can just imagine all of the photos the birthday girl was forced to take standing in front of this. And although we know that it’s a tradition in many families, we don’t want to imagine this cake being destroyed at all! It’s truly a work of art.

As for the director, he responded to Olivas’s tweet with the perfect response:

Unkrich must be proud to know that they movie he helped create is helping Latinos truly celebrate their own culture. Latinas from generations past have not been lucky enough to have movies that starred Latinx characters with a well-rounded identity. In the past, Latinos have been sidled with watching stereotypical renditions of themselves onscreen from drug-dealers to “Mexican Spitfires”. “Coco” puts all of those stereotypes aside and simply tells a story where Latinos are shown for their humanity.

It’s moments like this prove that the movie “Coco” is more than just another children’s movie–it’s a piece of art that has touched people’s lives. This further proves that seeing art that reflects you and your culture is so important. Not only does it make  you feel seen in the world, but it can make you appreciate your culture so much more. This is especially true for marginalized groups.