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WATCH: Guillermo del Toro Keeps It Real And The Creators Of ‘Coco’ Thank Mexico As They Take Home A Golden Globe

In celebration of American film and television, hundreds of actors, directors, producers, screenwriters and more gathered for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday. Although the representation of Latinos in film and television still needs lots of work, we were happy to see director Guillermo del Toro and animated film “Coco” take home a statuette.

As del Toro accepted his Golden Globe for Best Director, he made sure he wasn’t interrupted, telling the sound crew to lower the music so he could finish speaking.

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In recognition of his work on “The Shape of Water,” del Toro gave an emotional speech. A spellbinding mix of science fiction, horror, and romance, “The Shape of Water” follows the main character, Eliza, a custodian in a science lab who becomes enamored by a mysterious creature held captive by scientists.

Del Toro speaks on his personal connection to monsters, opening his speech by saying, “Since childhood I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them. Because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfections.”

His deep connection to monsters goes back a long time, with his films “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and others.

As del Toro began thanking his cast and crew, music came on cueing for him to wrap up his acceptance speech. But the director wasn’t having it, saying “C’mon guys. It’s taken 25 years. Give me a minute.”

The crowd applauded wildly in response, and del Toro went on to thank the incredible women he worked with on the film.

And the monster talk continued backstage.

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In the backstage interview, del Toro was asked how he manages to balance being joyful and loving with seeing the dark side of human nature and terror. His response: “I’m Mexican.”

He goes on to elaborate, “No one loves life like the way we do, because we are so conscious about death.”

After the ceremony, del Toro celebrated with a trip to In-N-Out.

This is so me.

Another Golden Globe winner was Disney-Pixar film “Coco,” awarded Best Animated Motion Picture.

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Director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson, and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina took the stage to accept the award for their first Mexican-centered Pixar film. Unkrich started off his acceptance speech by thanking Disney and Pixar for allowing them to tell such a culturally rich and beautiful story and for “empowering us to tell it with the respect and the dignity that it deserved.”

As “Coco” revolves around Día de los Muertos, Unkrich also took a moment to thank the loved ones we have lost who, as he put it, “paved the way for us to be the people that we are today.” He concluded his speech by thanking the people of Mexico, without whom they wouldn’t be able to tell this story.

In the backstage interview for “Coco,” Molina touches on how personal this film was for him as a Mexican-American writer and director in the entertainment industry.

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The filmmakers explain that one of the main goals for “Coco” was to be as specific, respectful, and authentic as possible in regards to the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos. Molina admits that “Coco” has been the most encouraging film for him thus far because “it reflects what you can do when you take that time and you open the door and invite many voices into the room.” Even though it took six years to make the movie, Molina feels it was completely worth it and marks this Golden Globes a very special moment for all Latinos.

Here’s how “Coco” fans responded on the internet.

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Very well deserved. ?? Congratulations to Guillermo del Toro and to everyone behind the making of “Coco.”


WATCH: Watch Guillermo Del Toro Talk About The Hardest Day On Set While Making ‘The Shape Of Water’


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20 Movies That Came Before ‘Coco’ That Are Perfect For Latino Kids Right Now

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20 Movies That Came Before ‘Coco’ That Are Perfect For Latino Kids Right Now

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When it comes to Latino representation on screen, the opportunity our kids get to see characters, stories and actors that are like them are few and far between. Here’s a look at twenty great movies that were made for kids in mind and are starring, produced by, and about Latinos. 

1. The Book of Life

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The 2014 movie is an American  3D computer-animated musical fantasy film starring Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Kate del Castillo. It won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film that same year.

2. Ferdinand the Bull

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The 1938 American short was produced by Walt Disney Productions. The movie is based on The Story of Ferdinand which was published in 1936. 

3. Zootopia

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Shakira starred as Gazelle in this 2016 film about a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist. In the film, Shakira plays a famous pop star.

4. Thumbelina

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The 1994 American animated musical fantasy film starred Charo as Mrs. Toad. The movie was based on a  book of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.

5. Shrek

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This American animated fantasy was loosely based on a William Steig fairy tale book and put out in 2001. Cameron Diaz starred as Princess Fiona.

6. Puss in Boots

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Antonio Banderas starred in this Shrek spinoff as Puss in Boots. The actors played a talking cat running from the law. 

7. The Prophet

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In 2014, Salma Hayek produced this animated adaption of Kahlil Gibran’s book and took on the role of Kamila. The film did some gender swapping and was previewed at Cannes.

8. Spy Kids

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The 2001 American spy adventure comedy was produced by Robert Rodriguez and starred Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. The actors starred as a family that fights an evil mastermind together.

9. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

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Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara joined forces again to star in this film in 2003. The movie was another spy adventure comedy that followed the Cortez family on an adventure.

10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

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Benjamin Bratt starred as Manny, Sam’s Guatemalan cameraman who was also a former doctor, co-pilot, and comedian.

11. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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This 2005 adaptation of the book by Ann Brashares starred America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel. The movie was released in May 2004 and topped the Box office at 42.01 million.

12. Book of Dragons

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America Ferrera stars in this 2011 movie about a legend that pertains to new dragons.

13. Ice Age

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John Leguizamo stars in this 2002 movie about animals migrating south to escape the winter. For his part, Leguizamo plays Sid a giant ground sloth. 

14. Home

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Jennifer Lopez stars along side Rihana in this 2015 hit about a girl who manages to avoid capture of a space invasion. The movie includes Lopez’s ballad song “Feel The Light.”

15. Foodfight!

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Eva Longoria stars in this 2012 animated adventure comedy alongside Charlie Sheen and Hillary Duff. Longoria plays Laxy X the character’s antagonist against a dog who is a private investigator.

16. The Cheetah Girls

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The Cheetah Girls debuted on Disney in 2005 and starred Adrienne Bailon who was a member of the girl group, 3LW.  The movie followed four teen girls living in NYC trying to score their own music label. 

17. Gotta Kick It Up

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America Ferrera starred in this film about a group of Latina girls who compete as a dance group despite the odds that are stacked up against them. 

18. La Bamba

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This biographical movie about the short life of singer Ritchie Valens. Esai Morales stars as Bob Morales (Ritchie’s brother).

19. Around the World in 80 Days

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This 1956 American epic adventure-comedy film starred Cantinflas and David Niven.

20. The Maldonado Miracle

Salma Hayek stars in this Daytime Emmy Award special. Hayek received the award for her outstanding directing in the 2004 movie about a town whose faith is tested when a statue of Jesus appears to be crying real tears of blood.


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Alex Rodriguez Wrote A Sweet Instagram Post After J.Lo Didn’t Take Home A Golden Globe

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Alex Rodriguez Wrote A Sweet Instagram Post After J.Lo Didn’t Take Home A Golden Globe

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A lot of people expected J.Lo to bag her first Golden Globes win last night and she arrived looking like a winner in a Valentino gown, paired with major Harry Winston jewels. Sadly, Jenny from the block didn’t take home the award, but the note Alex Rodriguez wrote her on Instagram alone, was worth 1,000 Golden Globes. Meanwhile, we can’t even get a text back.

Win or lose, Alex Rodriguez is rooting for Jennifer Lopez.

The retired baseball player, took to Instagram to share a sweet note to Lopez after she lost the award. J.Lo was nominated for best-supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in Hustlers during the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday.

Alongside a photo of his fiancée on the red carpet at the ceremony, he wrote on Instagram.

“Jen, it doesn’t take a trophy, medal, or plaque to identify a true champion. To millions of young women who have watched you and have been inspired and empowered to do amazing things in their lives, you are a champion,” he shared.

He then continued to round off the other people in her life, including “countless musicians, dancers, actresses, and performers” as well as her family.

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“To your children, your family, your coaches, your staff, and your extended family, you are a champion,” he wrote. “To everyone whose lives you enrich daily, you are a champion. And don’t you ever forget it. ❤️❤️❤️”

And in case you were left wondering, yep, J.Lo commented on the post.

“You are my everything ❤️,” replied the pop star.

Of course, those who follow A-Rod and J.Lo‘s relationship closely won’t be surprised by this public display of affection. 

The former baseball player is always showing that he’s her number one fan, whether that’s through being the perfect Instagram fiancé on the red carpet, or just saying the most affectionate words. “I can’t believe it’s been two years,” he wrote on Instagram in February 2019 in honor of their two-year anniversary. “Only 730 days, which have flown by, but it feels like we have been together forever. We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words.” He added, “Like you, there is none other. Words will never do justice to what the last two years have meant to me. Thank you for always being you, for your unwavering support and unconditional love.”

In the end, J.Lo lost to Laura Dern for her work in “Marriage Story.”

The multi-hyphenate performer lost the Golden Globe for best-supporting actress in a motion picture to Laura Dern, who had also beat out nominees Kathy Bates, Annette Bening, and Margot Robbie for the honor.

The singer’s soon-to-be-husband shared more pictures of both of them at the ceremony.

A-Rod also shared several selfies of himself and Lopez at the ceremony. In the caption of one photo taken outside of the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the former athlete wrote, “Head of @jlo security, reporting for red carpet duty! @goldenglobes.”

Before the ceremony, J.Lo spoke about all the training she did to perfect her dancing in “Hustlers,” in which she played a stripper who becomes a con artist.

After all the hard work, she wanted to make sure the audience saw it was really her doing the impressive moves. “I was like, ‘Please get a close up of my face, even if I look like a bat hanging down, please make sure they know it was me so they didn’t think it was a stunt double.’ It was hard,” J.Lo told Ryan Seacrest during the E! red carpet pre-show. “The one great benefit is having a pole in our master bedroom for six months,” Rodriguez added.

J.Lo channeled her character in “Maid in Manhattan” with her show-stopping look for the night.

The actress looked like a princess in a Valentino gown featuring gold and emerald embellishments. She paired the voluminous dress with major Harry Winston jewels.

Equally as impressive as her full ball gown was her glam.

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Specifically her hair, which was tightly pulled back into a giant braided bun and looked very familiar. Although the star’s hairstylist Chris Appleton told InStyle exclusively that the show-stopping look was inspired by Grace Kelly, social media couldn’t help but compare it to the one her character (Marisa Ventura) wore in “Maid in Manhattan.

READ: J.Lo Has Been Nominated For A Golden Globe For Best Supporting Actress For ‘Hustlers’

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