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

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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?


READ: Here’s How People Are Reacting To The News Of ‘Remember Me’ From ‘Coco’ Being Performed At The Oscars

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Guillermo Del Toro Just Got A Star On The Walk Of Fame And It’s What He Said In His Acceptance Speech That Made Mexico Proud

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Guillermo Del Toro Just Got A Star On The Walk Of Fame And It’s What He Said In His Acceptance Speech That Made Mexico Proud

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It’s easy to tell this story in one sentence: August 6 saw legendary Latino director Guillermo del Toro awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But, there’s so much more to this story than meets the eye. We did a deep dive to flesh out the man, the myth, and the legend that is Guillermo del Toro, and what got him to that point a few days ago, where he gave an iconic acceptance speech to a crowd of supporters.

The man.

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To start with: just who is this guy? October 9, 1964 saw Guillermo del Toro Gómez born in Guadalajara, Jelisco, Mexico. He clearly knew what he wanted to do with his life from a young age – when del Toro was eight years old he began tinkering with his father’s Super 8 camera, making short films featuring the murders of his mother and brothers, among other things. The years passed, and he eventually studied special effects and makeup under the tutelage of special-effects artist, Dick Smith.

Most likely these experiences influenced Guillermo del Toro’s interest in depicting horror and fantasy scenes in his work. And what is his work, you ask? Well, if you’ve been living under a rock you probably haven’t heard of films the likes of The Shape of WaterPacific RimPan’s LabrynthHellboy, or the Blade franchise. Okay but seriously, you should have heard of at least one of these movies, people.

The myth.

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Okay, it’s a bit of an exaggeration to use the term “myth”, but suffice to say that del Toro is one hell of a storyteller and just generally a massive contributor to the industry – after all, that’s what got him the star on Hollywood Boulevard. To put it in perspective, each year there are approximately 200 nominations submitted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame selection committee. In order to even be considered, nominees must have a minimum of five years experience in their industry, in addition to having a history of “charitable contributions.” In the end, only 20 to 24 people are actually awarded a star. If there’s anything that says Guillermo del Toro’s officially arrived, it’s his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Many took to social media to highlight just how much del Toro truly deserved this recognition.

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So what did Mr. del Toro do when giving his acceptance speech last Tuesday? He began with a simple “gracias”, and then commended another “great Mexican filmmaker, Issa López” for her talents. From the outset of his speech, del Toro foregrounded his Hispanic background, and showed support for his contemporaries. “I am Mexican … and I am an immigrant,” he said shortly afterwards. “Right now, we are in a moment of great fear … and great division. That’s why fear is used. It’s used to divide us. It’s used to tell us that we’re all different and we shouldn’t trust each other. And these lies make us easier to control, and make it easier to hate each other. But the antidote to that is to come together.” 

The legend.

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“As a Mexican, receiving this star is a gesture and no gesture right now can be banal or simple.” del Toro continued. “This is very important this is happening right now because I can tell to all of you, all immigrants from every nation, that you should believe in the possibilities and not the obstacles. Do not believe the lies they tell about us. Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference and we all have stories to tell and we all can contribute to the art and the craft and the world in any way we see fit.”

Most were so happy to see him represent his Mexicanidad as he accepted his star on the Walk of Fame.

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And there you have it. What’s made Guillermo del Toro so legendary is not just his work, but his awareness around the power and influence of the media we consume – especially in an era where white supremacism has snaked its way into the community, and into politics. He knew that his award was not just for himself, but for the immigrant, Hispanic community. After all, representation matters! It shows people of color that they too are deserving of success and having their stories told. And it also reminds the wider community about the great contributions people of color and immigrants still do make in today’s America.

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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