Latinos Score Five Oscars Tonight!!

Oscar Winers:  Iñárritu, Lubeski, Rivera, Osorio and Escala

Although diversity did not triumph tonight at the 2016, several Latinos were the winners of the most coveted award in entertainment.  Each picked up their golden statuette in front of Hollywood’s elite and made their speeches, thanking the Academy while over 80 million people in 220 countries watched around the world.

Sadly the telecast was for the most part a only a Black and White affair, while the Academy and host Chris Rock missed a golden opportunity to make this telecast a multicultural experience by including a palette of color.  During his monlouge Rock only mentioned the lack Black nominees.  The skits were inclusive of only one minority, blacks.

This year there were five Latinos nominees and four presenters.  Four of the nominees took home the Oscar.  The other ethnicities did not fare as well.

The four Latinos invited to present were Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Sofia Vergara and Louie CK who was in the nominated Trumbo this year.

Producers of the Oscar winning Animated Short
Producers of the Oscar winning Animated Short

However, four Latinos nominees went home with their Oscars.  Jonas Rivera producer of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out accepted the Oscar for best animated film along with director Pete Docter.  Chile’s Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala took home their very first Oscar for their home country for BestAnimated Short Film Bear Story.  

Emmanuel Lubeski took home a history making third consecutive Oscar for Best Cinematography for The Revenant, a feat accomplished by no other cinematographer  His first two Oscars being 2013’s Gravity and 2014’s Birdman.

However, the crowning moment tonight was Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Oscar win for Best Director for his film The Revenant, this is his second consecutive Oscar win.  Last year he took the same prize for The Birdman.


“There is a line in the film that [Glass says] to his mixed-race son, ‘They don’t listen to you, they just see the color of your skin,’” he continued. “So what a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and, you know, this tribal thinking, and make sure for once and forever that the color of the skin become as irrelevant as the length of our hair.”

Although Latinos were represented at the Oscars in small numbers, they took home some top prizes.

List of Complete Oscar Winners:

-Best Picture: Spotlight
-Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
-Best Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson (Room)
-Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)
-Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
-Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
-Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight (Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy)
-Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short (Charles Randolph & Adam McKay)
-Best Foreign Film: Stutterer (Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage)
-Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan)
-Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road (Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson)
-Best Cinematography: The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
-Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)
-Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road (Mark Mangini and David White)
-Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff & Ben Osmo)
-Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina (Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett)
-Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin)
-Best Short Film (Animated): Bear Story (Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala)
-Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out (Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera)
-Best Documentary (Short Subject): A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)
-Best Documentary Feature: Amy (Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees)
-Best Short Film (Live Action): “Son of Saul (Directed by László Nemes)
-Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
-Best Original Song: Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre (Jimmy Napes & Sam Smith)

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