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Latinos Won Big Victories At The Golden Globes Last Night But Our History At The Show Is Too Short

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The 2019 Golden Globes have come and gone, and the two things that we learned from the 3-hour long show is that a) Latinos in Hollywood are still very much underrepresented and b) if it wasn’t for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” the whole show would have been a much dire situation for Latinos. Cuarón’s film did take home two top-notch awards including Best Motion Picture: Foreign Language, and Best Director.

We didn’t have the Latino representation we had hoped for, it got us to thinking about the Golden Globes of yesteryear. Here are some of those memorable moments of past Latino winners following the new class of Latino Golden Globes winners.

Alfonso Cuarón, “Best Director” for “Roma,” 2019

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During Cuarón’s acceptance speech, he thanked his leading ladies: “Thank you very much Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. We need to begin to understand exactly how much we have in common.” He went on to say: “Cinema at its best…builds bridges to another culture. As we grow these bridges…we begin to realize that while they may be strange, they are not unfamiliar. We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common…This film would have not been possible without the specific colors that make me who I am,” he continued. “Gracias famila y  gracias Mexico.”

“Roma” – Best Motion Pictures: Foreign Language, 2019

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The film has been the talk of the industry as it has started winning awards shortly before its official release. The lead actress Yalitza Aparicio, an indigenous woman, was the cover of a recent Vogue Mexico magazine making history.

“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” – Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, 2019

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“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which featured a Latino cast did win for “Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.”

Sadly, actor Edgar Ramirez lost for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” as did Lin-Manuel Miranda for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – Best Motion Picture: Animated, 2019

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” centers around Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino Brooklyn teen who is in the fight for his life as he becomes the new Spider-Man. A glithc in a villain’s machine leads to Spider-People for different universes joining him on his fight to save the world and restore order. The movie was produced by Cuban-American writer-producer Phil Lord.

“Coco” – Best Motion Picture: Animated, 2017

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“Coco” was an instant classic when Disney/Pixar released the film in 2017. Every Latino in the country knew of the movie and it is the highest-grossing movie of all time in Mexico. The win at last year’s Golden Globes wasn’t a surprise and it made for a great moment in Latino cinematic history.

“Moonlight” – Best Film: Drama, 2017

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“Moonlight” was one of the most celebrated films the year it was released as it followed the story of an Afro-Cuban man guiding a young black man through life in Miami. There was some confusion at the Oscars when “La La Land” was accidentally named Best Picture when it was in fact “Moonlight.” They took home the Golden Globe earlier that year for Best Film: Drama.

Alfonso Cuarón – Best Director for “Gravity,” 2014

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Alfonso Cuarón is no stranger to the Golden Globes. The “Roma” director won in 2014 with his hit movie “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock.

Rita Moreno – “Best Supporting Actress” in “West Side Story,” 1962

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Rita Moreno hit the big screen as Anita in “West Side Story” and made a name for herself as she danced and sang on screen. One of the first historic moments in Latino cinema.

Andy Garcia – “Best Supporting Actor” in “The Godfather Part III,” 1990

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The Godfather franchise is one of the most recognizable film franchises in Hollywood history. Not only does Andy Garcia give the character depth, the films saved Paramount Pictures for going under.

Jimmy Smits – “Best Actor in a TV Drama Series” in “NYPD Blue,” 1995

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Everyone was talking about this show when it was airing. For good reason, too. The storylines were so intense, it felt like you were part of the story as you watched the characters navigate the scary and hard life as a New York police officer.

Gina Rodriguez – “Best Actress in a TV Series or Comedy” for “Jane the Virgin,” 2015

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“We can, and we did,” remember those incredible words during her acceptance speech? Gina Rodriguez was tearful when she accpeted the award for her work in the show the gave Latinos depth in the midst of the 2016 presidential election when our community was under attack.

Guillermo Del Toro – “Best Director for a Motion Picture” for “The Shape of Water,” 2017

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Guillermo del Toro is one of the most inconic directors of our time. He has created worlds and universes that changed everything we know about the world around us and it is incredible. He has a talent you just can’t teach.

Gael García Bernal – Best Performance By An Actor in a TV Series (Comedy) for “Mozart in the Jungle,” 2016

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We loved this show and fans were so bummed when it was canceled in order to create a “Lord of the Rings” show. Bernal is a national treasure for Mexico and his work to push the Mexican film industry is noteworthy.

Alejandro González Iñárritu – Best Director for “The Revenant,” 2016

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Alejandro Iñárritu is one of the most prolific directors of all times. He continues to dominate the award show season whenever he releases a new film.

“The Revenant” – Best Film: Drama, 2016

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“The Revenant” was so brutal to watch but cinematic for sure. There is no question why this movie deserved the awards it won during its year. Iñárritu has really made himself know.

Oscar Isaac -Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Show Me a Hero,” 2016

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Oscar Isaac has been a household name for us for a very long time. Him winning awards for his work seems like a no-brainer.

Benicio del Toro – “Best Supporting Actor” for “Traffic,” 2000

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We loved Benicio Del Toro in “Traffic.” Who didn’t? He was the character and we were all better for having watched the film.

Alejandro Iñárritu – “Best Motion Picture” for “Babel,” 2006

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Did you watch “Babel”? Such a hard-hitting film, which we need more of today. The way one event imapcts the lives of so many people around the world is incredible.

America Ferrera – Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series for “Ugly Betty,” 2007

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“Ugly Betty” was America Ferrera’s breakthrough role, there’s no doubt. The love and admiration fans showred on the show made for a longlasting career for Ferrera.

Javier Bardem – Best Supporting Actor for “No Country for Old Men,” 2007

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We need more Javier Bardem ASAP, tbh. When can we see this man on screen again?


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Alfonso Cuarón Keeps His Mexican Heritage Alive In Everything He Does, Like Oscar Greats Guillermo Del Toro And Alejandro Iñárritu

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Alfonso Cuarón Keeps His Mexican Heritage Alive In Everything He Does, Like Oscar Greats Guillermo Del Toro And Alejandro Iñárritu

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Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón comes from a rare breed of artists that achieve both commercial success and critic acclaim. With just eight feature films under his belt, Cuarón has done it all: comedy, a sexy road trip movie, a Dickens adaptation, a children’s movie, a Harry Potter film, brainy science fiction, and now an intense and beautiful memoir, Roma. Cuarón won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and for Best Director at last night’s Golden Globes and we couldn’t be prouder. Here are 21 facts about this once wonder boy turned established auteur.

He is one of the Three Amigos.

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Along with fellow Mexican directors Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu he has taken Hollywood by storm. They have all won the Oscar for Best Director.

He often collaborates with family.

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He co-wrote the script for Y tu mamá también with his brother Carlos. The best: he co-wrote the Oscar-winning script for Gravity with his son Jonás. Qué chingón.

He inserted Mexican elements into the world of Harry Potter.

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Yes, when he took on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban he decided to include elements such as the sugar skulls you can see in the candy shop. No better way to proudly showcase our culture in a global market.

He just loves the color green.

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Since his debut film Sólo con tu pareja he has shown a predilection for green hues in props and sets. In Mexican film circles, they call his palette “verde Cuarón”

He keeps going back to Mexico to shoot.

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Many expat directors in Hollywood never go back to their home to shoot a film in their mother tongue. Not the case with Cuarón, who has kept a healthy split between English and Spanish in his work. Gael Garcia Bernal is another entertainer who is using his name to better entertainment in his home country.

He is known for his elaborate long takes.

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He is famous for offering us mind-blowing long takes that just make no sense but look miraculous. Case in point: that amazing space ballet in Gravity (see above image).

He has a close creative partnership with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

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With Lubezki he has created some of the most beautiful images in recent cinema. Lubezki wasn’t available to shoot Roma so Cuarón shot it himself rather than working with someone else.

He put his career on hold to care for his autistic son.

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After 2006’s Children of Men, Cuarón took a long break to properly become a cargiver for his son, who was diagnosed with autism. La familia primero.

He is part of the CUEC generation.

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He studied film at the Centro Mexicano de Estudios Cinematográficos in Mexico City. This school has a very unique style influenced by European cinema.

10. He has won it all…

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Oscars, Golden Globes, Golden Lions… you name it. There mustn’t be a single spot available on his mantelpiece!

He is an avid cinephile and it shows.

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He often includes homages to his favorite films. In Roma, there is a clear reference to Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. 

Roma is his own life but told from a different perspective.

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He has often said how Roma truly gave him the freedom to delve deep into his own childhood. What is amazing is that he didn’t do it from his own perspective, but rather from a gaze that was silenced because of class dynamics at the time.

He owes everything to his nanny, Libo.

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Many middle-class Mexico City families rely heavily on domestic workers for emotional labor as well. Libo, who is now a lovely old lady, was Cuarón’s inspiration for the character of Cleo. Their relationship echoes the experience of many Mexico City natives.

He has made some of the best literary adaptations in the history of cinema.

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He is great at directing his own material as well as literary classics such as The Little Princess, Great Expectations, J.K. Rowling’s world and Children of Men, a sci-fi nightmare written by PD James. He has a rare talent that allows him to make the material his own while respecting the spirit of the original.

He even made Charles Dickens sexy!

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Ethan Hawke painting Gwyneth Paltrow como Dios la trajo al mundo. Bring las sales right now! And that kiss by the fountain, tender and so romantic. He made Dickens be part of the 1990s grunge, emo and banal cultural zeitgeist.

He inserted a whole bunch of pop culture references in Children of Men.

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Did you notice the Pink Floyd imagery all over apocalyptic London? Well, that is not a coincidence. Just look at this pig balloon casually parading on the background.

And even critiques to the Bush presidency.

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In some of the scenes in Children of Men we can see images that clearly reference the abuses committed by the U.S. in countries like Iraq, where navy personnel took photos of prisoners while they abused them. Alfonso is a very meticulous artist and nothing in his films is aleatory.

He defends the Netflix model…

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He thinks that the best way for a movie to be released is in multiple exhibition windows. He released Roma in selected cinemas and then on Netflix. Guess what? People keep watching it on the big screen!

Roma is a true one-man show.

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He wrote it, directed it, edited it, and shot it. Ah, and he was the producer. Esas canas se llaman Roma! To be honest, even though film production can be a nightmare he looks quite happy doing it judging from this picture, o no?

He speaks out against injustice.

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He uses his fame and stature among Mexican intellectual elites to speak out against crimes such as the massacre of 43 students in Ayotzinapa. In his Mexican films, he often mentions how the powerful take land from peasants, as is the case of Cleo’s mom in Roma.

His next project…..

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There are not many details at the moment other than the star will be the controversial Casey Affleck…. sounds intriguing. We wonder how Cuarón will deal with the sexual harassment allegations against Affleck. We can also guess that it will be a Netflix movie and that Cuarón will continue to explore the limits of film exhibition. Venga!


READ: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Took Home Two Awards At The 2019 Golden Globes

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