Oscar Awards 2022: Mexican gold movie actor would have modeled to make the statuette

Within the film industry, probably The Oscars are the award best known by the publicand the statuette that is given to the winners during the award ceremony could be based on the figure of a popular Mexican actor.

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The Academy Award, known to all as the Oscar, delivered since 1929 to the directors of the most outstanding productions throughout the year.

The award is so popular all over the world that it doesn’t matter if you don’t know who is nominated in any of the categories or who was the winner, if someone sees the statuette they will immediately know that it is the recognition of the winners.

However, one of the stories behind the recognition creators receive says that a historical Mexican actor is the one who shaped it.

According to the anecdote, Emilio El Indio Fernández would have been the model which served to shape one of the most emblematic recognitions in the world.

This theory is based on Fernández was part of the Latin American community that was linked to the film industry in Los Angeles.California, around the time the award was conceived.

Likewise, El Indio was a friend of another of the great Mexican actresses who triumphed in Hollywood in the 1920s: Dolores del Rio. Also, Lolita, as the actress is known, she was married to Cedric Gibbonsdirector of Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, and who was commissioned to create the statuette.

According to the story, Dolores del Río would have presented her husband with El Indio Fernández, who allegedly posed to shape the Academy Award.

However, although the story seems to make sense, there is no one who can confirm its veracityso it has always been in doubt if the Mexican actor is the figure behind the award, and it is even questioned if there really was a model.

“I think it would be wonderful if it were true, because It would be another demonstration of the role that Mexicans, and Latinos in general, played during the formative years of American cinema.Laura Isabel Serna, a professor at the University of Southern California (USC) commented for public radio NPR.

Serna has dedicated himself to studying the Latin American presence in the film industry of the 1920s in the United States, and considers that There is no evidence that the Mexican really is the Oscar.

Despite the above, Professor Charles Ramírez Berg, an expert in film studies at the University of Texas, told BBC Mundo that the story may be true: “if you look at the physical appearance that Fernández had at that time is similar to that of the Oscar statuette: muscular, with broad shoulders and a narrow waist”.

In addition, Ramírez Berg also refers to the relationship with Dolores del Río and his closeness to the Hollywood industry mentioned above.

On the other hand, regardless of whether it is true or false that he modeled to create the statuette, Emilio El Indio Fernández became a film historian. In Mexico he was one of the main promoters of the golden age of Mexican cinema, and his film Maria Candelaria made him the first Mexican to be awarded at the Cannes Film Festival during its first edition.


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