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Here Are The Latinos Who Could Be Winning Big At This Year’s Emmy Awards

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The nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards are out and a handful of Latinos brought their acting, writing and design chops to many of the shows that were nominated. Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of true inclusion and diversity. Most awards are for white actors and actresses but we should celebrate the Latinos who have been able to break into the nominations this year. Here are some of the Latino entertainment names that have made us so proud this year.

1. Édgar Ramírez

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This has been a big year for Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez. He played Gianni Versace in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series. The show presented the dark and twisted man who killed Versace on his door steps of his Miami mansion.

2. Ricky Martin

Working alongside Ramirez on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Ricky Martin played Versace’s boyfriend at the time of his death. He really showed his acting expertise to the role of Antonio D’Amico. This was Martin’s return to the small screen as a character other than himself in TV guest appearances since 2012. Way to go, Ricky.

3. Carlos Rafael Ramirez

The composer of Cuban and Guatemalan descent composed the music for seven episodes of “Godless,” which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. His guitar playing can be heard on the soundtrack of feature films including “Crash” and “Dragonfly.” But, who do you cheer for when two shows with Latino talent are against each other?

4. Alexis Bledel

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” received a whopping 20 Emmy nominations overall this year for its second season. One of those nominations went to Alexis Bledel, who is Latina by way of her father being born in Argentina and her mother being raised in Mexico, for her role as Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Last year she took home the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Will she take home the Emmy statue again this year?

5. Karamo Brown

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Karamo Brown, part of the “Queer Eye” cast, has a lot to be proud of. The show nabbed four nominations, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program. Brown is of Jamaican and Cuban descent.

6. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has graced audiences with his music and creation for “Hamilton,” and this year he also got an Emmy nod for his comedic skills. Miranda was nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

7. Fred Armisen

“Portlandia” received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and at its helm is Fred Armisen, who co-created and co-stars on the sketch comedy series. Although he now lives in Silver Lake, Armisen lived for many years as a resident of Portland, thus gaining inspiration for the series. The series and season both wrapped this year. Let’s see if it can grab an Emmy for its final run.

8. Melissa Villaseñor

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A native of Whittier, California, Villaseñor is credited as a featured player of “Saturday Night Live.” The long-running TV show was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series along with 20 other nominations. Villaseñor acts and writes for the comedy sketch show.

9. Franklin ‘Frankie’ Rodriguez

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Here’s How Julio Torres Convinced Lin-Manuel Miranda To Play A Little Cactus On An HBO Special

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Here’s How Julio Torres Convinced Lin-Manuel Miranda To Play A Little Cactus On An HBO Special

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Julio Torres may have just achieved next level respect and stardom because all he had to do to get thee Lin-Manuel Miranda to play the voice of a tiny cactus in his upcoming HBO special was DM him. During an interview on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, Torres hinted at the presence of some big-name cameos in his HBO comedy special, My Favorite Shapes. 

The most obvious cameo that Torres could think of would be the infamous Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter, composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda playing a “self-conscious cactus.” Of course. Torres has had a successful career behind the screen thus far. Born in El Salvador, Torres began writing for Saturday Night Live, where he initially met Lin-Manuel Miranda. His most recent claim to fame was his starring role alongside Fred Armisen in the HBO series Los Espookys

“We were lucky that some really great actors are voicing the inner spirits of some of those objects because we just needed that,” he told Fallon.

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“The role of the cactus went to Lin-Manuel Miranda. I DM’ed him, being like, ‘Can you just be this cactus? This feels like it should be you.’” Wow. That’s all it takes, huh? We love Miranda for just saying ‘yes.’

“’Cause it’s like, can you think of anyone else who would play a little cactus trapped in a little glass container?” Pues, can you?

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In the teaser trailer for the comedy special, we get a glimpse of the very cactus that Miranda is set to play. “This next shape that I need to show you,” Torres tells the audience through a microphone at his seat, “This is me coming in late for a meeting and immediately chiming in.”

We can’t wait to hear what the cactus iteration of Lin-Manuel Miranda is going to say.

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The Puerto Rican Hamilton creator and star is on vacation in Europe right now, so we haven’t heard his comment on the new break of his latest role. Miranda and Torres have worked together in the past. Torres’ rise to fame began as a writer for Saturday Night Live. Torres wrote the sketch “Diego Calls His Mom” for Miranda’s episode as a host. 

“Lin-Manuel is the lil cactus…. awwww,” tweets one fan. Why is the prickliest side of Lin-Manuel Miranda the cutest side we might ever see? Call it an obsession with succulents or just an obsession with literally anything Miranda chooses to do. Take your pick, no me importa.

Right now, fans are just tickled that Lin-Manuel Miranda appears to have no ego whatsoever.

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Miranda has won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, three Grammys, an Emmy, and two Olivier Awards. He’s also been been nominated for an Academy Award. He’s a GOAT, and yet, he’s also down to be the tiniest of cacti “trapped in a little glass container.”

“He solved the problem,” Torres said of Miranda’s willingness to play the tiny cactus.

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Torres asked Fallon if he could really think of anyone else that could play the role of the cactus, to which Fallon replied, “I mean, don’t even make me thing of that. Of course not, no. Lin-Manuel Miranda!” Torres agreed–“He solved the problem. 

Torres is the Salvadoran precioso you *would* want to spend time with meeting all his favorite shapes.

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 HBO describes the Los Espookys comedian’s new special as a worthwhile peek into his “fantastical stories and humorous anecdotes.” We can expect to meet “a plexiglass square, an oval that wishes he were a circle, a self-conscious cactus, and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate.”

We’re curious to see how Lin-Manuel Miranda could ever lead us to believe he could be “self-conscious.” This will be the truest test of his acting abilities. Just kidding, just kidding. 

Tune into HBO August 10 at 10:30 p.m. for what’s looking to be an interesting night with Julio Torres.

Expect Julio Torres to be dressed in a glitter suit on stage with a glass conveyer belt shepherding strange objects his way. The teaser trailer gave us a taste of what we were expecting to be Torres dryly musing on his “favorite shapes.” Now, we know that there’s going to be some serious stardom in the shape of a cactus, and many more cameos to look forward to.

Be there or be square!

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Apparently PBS Is Making A Documentary About Boricua Queen Rita Moreno And Get Ready To Unleash The Tears

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Apparently PBS Is Making A Documentary About Boricua Queen Rita Moreno And Get Ready To Unleash The Tears

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Rita Moreno is one of those legendary forces in the Latinx community that we all hold a special place in our hearts for. She’s the first Latina to be nominated for and to win an Academy Award and she has given life to some of the most memorable characters on film, stage and TV screen. 

Now, the talented Boricua will be honored with a documentary all about her fascinating life. 

The new PBS documentary will focus on some of Moreno’s most notable life experiences and will also cover some darker and more private aspects of her 87 years. 

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Called “Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” the documentary will feature the actress’ career highlights but will also focus on some rarely discussed moments of her life. For example, in the documentary, Moreno opens up about her attempted suicide that occurred just a year before she won an Oscar for her role as Anita in “West Side Story.” 

The Latina shared via a statement just how moved she is to be the focus of this documentary.

“How I wish my Puerto Rican mother were alive to see this: her child’s story being celebrated. It is not something she or I could ever have imagined. I’m astonished. I’m humbled.” 

Moreno’s career has really come full circle. While she will continue her role as Lydia in “One Day At a Time,” she is also playing Valentina in the 2019 remake of “West Side Story.”

The documentary is being produced by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda, the acclaimed television producer Norman Lear and documentary filmmaker Michael Kantor.

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 Needless to say, fellow Puerto Rican, Miranda, is thrilled to be part of a project that immortalizes Moreno. 

“Rita is La Reina. Punto. Full stop,” executive producer Miranda expressed in a statement upon the documentary’s announcement. “Her life, talent, and career is a masterclass in the American dream. It is about time that she takes her rightful place amongst her peers on American Masters.”

The Moreno documentary will air in 2020 as part of the PBS American Masters series. According to PBS, it will feature animation, archival recordings, and reenactments from Moreno’s life. Some of the actresses closest friends and co-workers will also provide interviews for the film.

The documentary is being directed by fellow Latina, Mariem Pérez Riera. 

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In order to be true to Moreno’s story, it had to be driven by people who understand what the actress has gone through as a woman and as a member of the Latinidad. To do so, director Mariem Pérez Riera was hired to bring her vision to life. Riera has previous experience with heading up documentaries. In 2016, she directed “De Puerto Rico Para el Mundo” and “Croatto, la Huella de un Emigrante.” Both films focus on the Latinidad — a subject close to her heart. 

“As a filmmaker, woman and Puerto Rican, I am proud to have the opportunity to tell Rita’s story,” Riera shared when the documentary was announced. “Her many victories in the face of prejudice are an inspiration to me. Hopefully, this film will give strength to the women all over the world, who today, face a similar fight towards equality.” 

Of course, Latinx Twitter was quick to celebrate this new documentary and it’s a very deserving subject. 

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That dancing baby in this tweet’s GIF? That’s totally us. We are so excited to learn more about one of our favorite Latina actresses. Seeing her get the respect she deserves makes us want to celebrate. 

This tweet reminded us just how long Moreno’s career spans.

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Some of us grew up with her as Anita. Some of us know her from the “Electric Company.” Still, others will always know her as the voice of the original Carmen Sandiego. No matter where you know her from, it’s easy to see that her career has been long and lucrative.  

Some Twitter users pointed out the importance of illuminating other peoples stories, just as Manuel and other producers are doing with Moreno’s story in this documentary

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The only way we will continue to see our stories being told is if we help others in the Latinidad tell theirs. We’re glad to see that Manuel and Riera — fellow Puerto Ricans — have such important roles in making this documentary a reality. 

Other Twitter users shared their joy over the celebration of Moreno’s life and legacy. 

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Moreno is La Reina and we are so ecstatic that she’s getting the love she so obviously has earned. A career as impressive as hers deserves major props and we can’t wait to watch this documentary honoring her remarkable life. 

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