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Big Night for Mexico and Texas at the Oscars

March 2, 2014

As Matthew McConaughey would say (at every opportunity), “alright, alright, alright.” The Oscars are done. And while I and our film critic David Riedel rejoice in big wins for 12 Years a Slave (please be a star forever, Lupita N’yong’o!), for us in San Antonio, it’s easy to get excited about a pretty big night for Texas and Mexico.

Let’s start with Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Cuarón’s win for Best Director makes him the first Latino to win in that category, and one of only six Latinos to ever win in the “big” categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director, as well as the first to win since 2000. Gravity also swept technical awards for cinematography, visual effects, film editing, original score, sound mix and sound effects. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a new normal for Latinos in film.


Also in the ‘about time’ category, not even Riedel could argue that everyone’s favorite Longhorn McConaughey hasn’t put forth some truly mesmerizing performances over the past two to three years. As the hard to love Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey literally dropped his good looks and turned charm into smarm for a convincing portrayal of a flawed hero.


Dallas Buyers Club also took home awards for Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto and his gorgeous hair) and Best Hairstyling and Makeup (with just a $250 makeup budget, reportedly!)

And as for Riedel, he got four out of 9 predictions correct (since he predicted who would win and who should win, with one category overlapping). Better luck next year.



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  • Granados

    Don’t forget about Cinematographer Emanuel “Chivo” Lubetzki (Like Water for Chocolate, Y Tu Mamá Tambien, Children of Men, Tree of Life) winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for “Gravity”. Chivo has collaborated with Alfonso Cuaron on many projects and is an all around great guy. ¡Ajua!
    -A sample of his photographic work on Terrance Malik’s “The Tree of Life”.

  • crazedchef

    Why oh why does it matter if a person is “latino”? WTF difference does it make? Why do Americans still make these separations? First step to get rid of racism is to stop acknowledging differences!

  • bootstrap 101
  • bootstrap 101

    You are making differences already. The REAL first step to ending racism is for people to stop thinking only their particular narrow construction of culture as superior, and therefore mandatory for everyone else to assimilate. If you are just tuning in: Latinos in the US have been historically denied equal representation despite their long histories and contributions to this great country. Its a real milestone, in the historical sense, when one occasionally breaks a social barrier to equality. I’m not sure why you would take such great offense to a celebration of diversity, enriching what it means to be an American in the land of opportunity…unless your comments truly speak more to your own prejudices, deep seated fears, and sense of privilege. Let’s all come up together!

  • crazedchef

    celebrating diversity…..I’m sorry, I agree with Teddy Roosevelt, come to America to become AMERICANS! Deep seated fears, straight out of the Islamophobia & Homophobia playbook. These things do not cause me fear. Sense of privilege? Nope, don’t you know? It’s OK to bash hetero white single males these days….

  • crazedchef

    Been a big fan of Robert Rodriguez since El Mariachi. Lived in SA all of my life. My best friends are Hispanic. My lifelong next door neighbor is Hispanic. What does that have to do with celebrating “diversity”, not a damn thing. Just getting sick of everyone pointing out all of our differences instead of celebrating inclusiveness! We as a nation are being torn apart by the powers that be who WANT diversification because only in unity can we dig out the corruption that is at the very core of our Judicial and Political system. So much hatred is caused by “diversity”…just look at Chechnya, Rwanda, Georgia, almost any Islamic country.