Latinos Won Big Victories At The Golden Globes Last Night But Our History At The Show Is Too Short
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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
We need more Javier Bardem ASAP, tbh. When can we see this man on screen again?