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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?


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24 Times Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz's Best Friendship Was Stronger Than Any Friendship Bracelet

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24 Times Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz’s Best Friendship Was Stronger Than Any Friendship Bracelet

Hollywood’s two leading Spanish language ladies, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, have long garnered attention for their friendship and love for each other.

Here are the fun facts behind their relationship.

1. The phrase “ride-or-die” should basically be an ode to them.

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During filming for their project “Bandidas” the pair took a flight together that almost had a tragic ending. In an interview, Cruz once said, “a thought came across my mind that if I were to die at that moment at least I’d die with my best friend.” 

2. They’re always down for a good prank.

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In a 2005 episode of “Punk’d,” Penelope Cruz played a hilarious joke on Salma Hayek. 

3. They have nicknames for each other.

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“She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy,” Cruz said in an interview.

4. Sometimes people think they’re dating and they’re about it.

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In an interview with David Letterman, Cruz felt compelled to explain why she’d been caught grabbing Hayek’s bottom in a photo. “We are like sisters and we have some sense of humor. We did that in front of 100 photographers. And the story now is that we are lovers”

5. They trust each other more than you would your own hermana.

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When was the last time you let your sister take a pair of scissors to your hair? For Hayek and Cruz it’s been fairly recent. “When I was nine years old I used to spend a couple of hours a day washing and cutting hair at my parents’ salon and still, today, I’ll do everyone who lets me – like Salma Hayek, who is one of my best friends,” she says. “I’ve done her hair when the power went out in her house, with just a candle. That one really trusts me,” Cruz said.

6. They support each other like no other.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of. It’s magical. It gives you hope,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview that highlighted Cruz’s success. 

7. They’re each other’s heroes.

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In an interview about her favorite Hollywood Heroines, Hayek hit a number of names but was quick to also point out her love for Cruz. “But then Penélope [Cruz] has always been my hero and my friend. We’ve known each other for at least 20 years.” 

8. They adore each other’s worst qualities.

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“Other things that in other people would be neurotic or whatever, would be unbearable — on her they’re very graceful,” Hayek said in an interview where she detailed Cruz habits of playing with her food and ruining the plots of TV shows. “She has this bad habit because she tells you the ending of every episode.”

9. They’re all about each other’s dreams.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview. “It’s magical. It gives you hope.”

10. They’re all about that goddess worship.

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“Penélope is a motherly creature, a warrior by nature,” Hayek said in a Vogue interview.

11. They’re friendship spans decades.

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The two actresses have been friends for over 20 years.

12. They’ve got strong selfie game.

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In a recent photo on Instagram Hayek posted a caption that read “Good #friends are forever. Los buenos #amigos son para siempre.” 

13. They just get each other.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” Hayek said.

14. They have a strict honesty only policy that wouldn’t work for most relationships.

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“We really respect each other, but if one asks a question to the other one, we know we’re going to hear the truth. And I think that’s why we are close friends and closer every day because there’s no B.S. in our relationship,” Cruz said of Hayek.

15. They get each other’s sense of humor.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” said Hayek about Cruz.

16. When they get together they live life on the dangerous side.

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News reports revealed that the two pals slept at a drug trafficker’s house for several days during the 2006 shoot of Bandidas.

17. They’re not afraid to get real with each other.

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After Hayek revealed that Harvey Weinstein had abused her during the making of Frida in 2002, she admitted that her dear friend wasn’t so happy wither. “Penélope was really angry at me, because I didn’t tell her what was going on while it was happening,” she said. “But, you know, I didn’t realize Harvey was doing it to other people, too, so I thought, ‘Why dump your stuff on someone and take away from their professional relationship with him?’ At that time Harvey was doing the best movies.”

18. They’ve supported each other financially.

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“Thank you my soul sister for your love of my country Mexico and your generous donation to UNICEF,” Hayek wrote after Cruz donated money to Mexico’s earthquake relief. 

19. Promoting each other’s success is just so natural for them.

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Fans of the duo will notice that it’s rare for one to be without the other for their film debuts.

20. The Academy Awards thinks they’re the same person.

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After the 2014 Oscars, the award show captioned a photo of Cruz with Robert De Niro as Hayek instead.

21.  They top the list of most Celebrity BFF goal lists

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Do a quick Google of the actresses names and you’ll likely find the top slots filled with listicles about the pair.

22. Cruz does Hayek’s makeup.

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“I like my career, but I love getting people ready for something because it’s a part of me. I can cut anyone’s hair no problem. I can do a blow-dry, I can put in rollers, I can wax somebody’s legs. I could have another job. The power had gone at Salma’s house and her make-up artist couldn’t come, so she called me and said, ‘You have to get me ready for this premiere’, and I lit some candles and did her hair and make-up too. No one noticed that it wasn’t done by a professional, so I was very proud of that,” Cruz said in an interview.

23. They love to wish each other happy birthday!

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In a post to her Instagram account, Hayek wished her bestie happy birthday with the words “You continue to #inspire me and I #feel #blessed that we are #friends.”

24. They’re 8 years apart.

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Hayek who was born in 1966 is 8 years older than Cruz who was born in 1974.


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