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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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In New Documentary, Rita Moreno Talks the Racism, Sexism, and Discrimination She Faced in Her 70-Year Career

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In New Documentary, Rita Moreno Talks the Racism, Sexism, and Discrimination She Faced in Her 70-Year Career

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The new documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” premiered at the virtual Sundance Film Festival on Friday. As you can probably guess, the film focuses on the indomitable EGOT-winning icon Boricua.

According to the film’s director, fellow Boricua Mariem Pérez Riera, the movie is supposed to offer a stripped-down and 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.”

Pérez Riera also explains how she was attracted to 89-year-old Moreno as subject because she related 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,” the filmmaker said.

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

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

“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 documentary also features dozens of interviews of Moreno’s friends, fans, and previous co-workers, including 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.'”

“Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” will air on PBS soon as part of their American Masters series. Details about premiere date and time TBD.

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Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larraín Is Making a Movie About Princess Diana Starring Kristen Stewart

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Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larraín Is Making a Movie About Princess Diana Starring Kristen Stewart

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A first-look photo of Kristen Stewart playing Princess Diana in the upcoming movie “Spencer”, directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, have surfaced. And the internet is shook. And for good reason.

The internet is abuzz with excitement over the uncanny resemblance between the late Princess Diana and “Twilight” alum, Kristin Stewart.

In this biopic, the thrust of the story will be centered on the dissolution of Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles.

According to the production company, the synopsis is as follows: “December, 1991: The Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.”

In a previous interview with Deadline, Larraín explained the (somewhat unconventional) casting choice of Kristin Stewart.

“To do this well, you need something very important in film, which is mystery,” Larraín said. “Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile an ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her.”

And while many fans of Diana are skeptical of how Kristen Stewart will approach this iconic character, Larraín seems to have a great amount of confidence in her. “The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see” he said. “I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time.”

Pablo Larraín initially made a splash in Hollywood with his English-language debut, “Jackie”–the 2016 biopic of Jacquelin Kennedy-Onassis.

That film, too centered on a beloved and troubled public female figure. He previously made numerous acclaimed Spanish-language films, including the Gael García Bernal vehicles, “No” and “Neruda”.

This time, Larraín explained that he was attracted to this particular story because of its unorthodox heroine. “We all grew up, at least I did in my generation, reading and understanding what a fairy tale is,” he told Deadline.

“Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale. When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big big decision, a fairy tale upside down.”

Notably, interest in Princess Diana’s life has picked up in recent months.

Not only did the latest season of “The Crown” heavily feature a young, troubled Princess Diana in the throws of emotional distress, but spectators have not been able to held but notice the parallels between Princess Diana and Meghan Markle–both of whom had a fraught relationship with both the Royal Family and the British press.

It is also worth noting that the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death will be coming up next year in 2022. We hope “Spencer” does her justice.

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