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Gael Garcia Bernal Singing Is Just One Of The Many Latino Highlights From This Year’s Academy Awards

The 90th Oscars is behind us and Latinos enjoyed some victories on one of the greatest nights in Hollywood. The event held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood celebrated what they claim is the best Hollywood has to offer from the previous year. In total, Latinos and Latino projects took home seven awards and Rita Moreno made waves of her own as a presenter. Here’s a brief breakdown of what happened last night and who stood out among the stars.

First, Miguel, Gael Garíca Bernal, and Natalia LaFourcade serenaded the audience with an unforgettable performance.

The trio performed “Remember Me” for a filled auditorium and millions of television viewers. The stage was set with imagery from the movie. Bernal started of with just himself and a man with a guitar then a colorful and upbeat performance came to life behind Bernal. Folklorico dancers in their escaramuza dresses brought Mexican culture to life on the Oscars stage. It was all so magical.

Speaking of “Coco”, the Disney/Pixar feature took home the prize for Best Animated Feature.

“Coco” beat out “Ferdinand”, “Love Vincent”, “The Breadwinner”, and “The Baby Boss” for the award. “Coco” became a cultural phenomenon when it was released in Mexico for Día de los Muertos and on Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. The movie is the highest grossing film in Mexico of all time and became a major moment in Latino history in the U.S.

“Remember Me” then went on to win Best Original Song beating “Mighty River” sang by Mary J. Blige for “Mudbound”.

“Coco” also beat out original songs from “Call Me By Your Name”, “Marshall”, and “The Greatest Showman on Earth” for the coveted Oscar.

Rita Moreno really enjoyed her time at the awards show.

The EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress role in 1962 for her role in “West Side Story”. Moreno was at the 90th Academy Awards to present the category of Best Foreign Film.

Moreno even wore the same dress as she did 56 years ago.

Ah-Mazing.

And she had a really good time announcing the winner of the Best Foreign Film category.

If only we knew whay she was so excited to announce this film as a winner.

“A Fantastic Woman” took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

“A Fantastic Woman” is telling the story of a transgender woman after the death of her boyfriend. It explores the discrimination and stigma that many people in the transgender community deal with on a daily basis.

And, of course, “The Shape Of Water” won four of the 13 awards it was nominated for.

“The Shape of Water” won for Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Picture, and Best Original Score. Guillermo del Toro’s win is the fourth time a Mexican-born director to win best director in five years. How’s that for showing our worth?


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The Trailer For ‘West Side Story’ Premiered During The Oscars And It’s A Must See

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The Trailer For ‘West Side Story’ Premiered During The Oscars And It’s A Must See

The long anticipated remake of West Side Story is one step closer to the big screen and we got our first peek during last night’s Oscars. Nearly two years after production first kicked off in 2019, we got to see Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria dance their way across New York City. And it was everything.

The first trailer for West Side Story danced its way to the Oscars on Sunday night.

West Side Story became a global sensation when it hit Broadway in 1957, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim that made generations swoon, snap, and gasp.

The show was both dazzling and gritty, layering a Romeo and Juliet romance between Tony and Maria over a contemporary story of street gangs, racism, and violence in the shadows of rising skyscrapers. And we’ve been waiting for a modern film adaptation ever since.

Well, we got our first glimpse during last night’s Oscars Awards and it looks to be worth the wait.

In addition to Elgort and Zegler, the movie has a star-studded cast with Ariana DeBose as Maria’s best friend Anita, David Alvarez as Sharks leader Bernardo, and Mike Faist as Riff, the leader of the Jets. Rita Moreno, who famously portrayed Anita in the original 1961 film, will also be appearing in the remake as Valentina.

We had to a wait a bit longer than expected thanks to COVID.

The 20th Century film wrapped in October 2019 and has been awaiting release after being delayed a year by COVID-19. It is now due out Dec. 10.

“This has been a journey without precedence: a joyful, stunning, moving, endlessly surprising encounter with the story and score of one of the world’s greatest musicals,” Spielberg wrote in a letter to audiences upon wrapping the film. “We filmed West Side Story all over New York, Flatbush to Fort Tryon Park. The city lent us its beauty and its energy, and we drew deeply upon its grand multicultural, multifaceted spirit.”

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The Rita Moreno Documentary, ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’ Will Cover the Icon’s 70-Year Career

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The Rita Moreno Documentary, ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’ Will Cover the Icon’s 70-Year Career

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The documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It”, will hit theaters on June 18th. As you can probably guess, the film focuses on the indomitable EGOT-winning icon Boricua.

Director, fellow Boricua Mariem Pérez Riera, says the movie will offer a stripped-down, intimate portrait of the real Rita Moreno.

“We always knew that we wanted this documentary to not be just a showreel of her career and how great she is,” Pérez Riera told NBC News.

“When I make or watch a documentary, I want to be able to know that person more than just what I already know, so it was very important for me to go deeper and to understand her as a human being.”

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Pérez Riera explained that she wanted to make a Rita Moreno documentary because she related to Moreno. Especially to Moreno’s struggles with discrimination and insecurity.

“I related to all she was saying, her stories about discrimination, the insecurities she felt because of the way others perceived her, the complicated love relationships, and the constant need to work three times harder to prove to others that she is worthy,” said Pérez Riera.

Much of the Rita Moreno documentary focuses on Moreno’s struggle against a racist and sexist industry. Hollywood repeatedly pigeonholed and underestimated her.

At the start of her career, Moreno was only cast in roles of ambiguously brown characters. She played Native American, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Thai roles.

“I wanted to turn the parts down, but that’s all that was offered and I had to make a living,” Moreno reveals in the film. “I was kind of stuck.”

The Rita Moreno documentary also features dozens of interviews of Moreno’s friends, fans, and previous co-workers. The list includes Morgan Freeman, Gloria Estefan, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and her “West Side Story” co-star, George Chakiris. Many of them reflect on the impact Moreno made on Hollywood.

Although Moreno has always been proud of her Puerto Rican heritage, she struggled with her sense of self-worth in Hollywood.

“When I went to Hollywood, I really learned where I stood in the world, and it was so sad and frustrating,” Moreno explained in an interview with the LA Times while promoting the documentary.

“There is something so awful about, if you were a performer, asking your agent to submit you for something and the people won’t even see you because they think you’re too Spanish or something. It’s so frustrating and you want to run and knock their door down and say: ‘Look, let me read this scene for you. I’m good. I’m really good. Let me. Watch me. Listen to me.'”

The documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” will hit theaters on June 18th. So mark your calendars!

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