Next Sunday, March 27, the annual delivery of the Oscar Awards will take place. On this occasion, among the nominees to receive the long-awaited golden statuette, there is a large number of Latin artists as favorites in different categories and given the possibility of being awarded, the public awaits congratulations for the representation of their compatriots abroad.
For the first time together since their debut in the medium, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are nominated for “Best Actress” and “Best Actor”, respectively, being two of the main awards of the gala. Although both had already been considered on previous occasions, the news spread because since they were married they had not coincided in the Academy Awards.
Penélope Cruz will participate in the selection with her leading role in Parallel Mothers, a film directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The renowned actress will compete against other international stars: Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Taye), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Kristen Stewart (Spencer).
Javier Bardem’s magnificent role in Being The Ricardos earned him one more nomination in his career. The renowned 53-year-old actor will compete for the statuette with Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Andrew Garfield (Tick, tick… Boom!), Will Smith (King Richard) and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth).
Ariana DeBose hopes to lift the award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her work in West Side Story. The actress is nominated in that category along with Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Judi Dench (West Side Story), Kirsten Dunst (The Power of The Dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard).
Although the actress was born on January 25, 1991 in North Carolina, United States, she considers herself a Latin representative due to her Puerto Rican ancestry on her mother’s side. She is also considered the first openly queer Afro-Latina woman to be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Nightmare Alley, which in Latin America came to theaters under the name El alley of lost souls”, is nominated for “Best Film” and will compete against Belfast, CODA, Don’t look up, Drive My Car, Dune (Duna), King Richard (King Richard: A winning family), Licorice Pizza, The Power of the Dog (The power of the dog) and West Side Story.
It is also considered for “Best Photography” where it will compete for the statuette with Dune, The Power of the Dog, The Tragegy of Macbeth and West Side Story. On this occasion Guillermo del Toro was not considered as “Best Director”, but his film could be recognized with two Oscars.
Eugenio Derbez is another Mexican who, in a certain way, was nominated thanks to the fact that CODA is considered in three categories: “Best Film”, “Best Adapted Screenplay” and “Best Supporting Actor”. Although his name did not appear, he represents a great step in his acting career outside of comedy.
Raya and the Last Dragon is nominated for “Best Animated Feature” alongside Jared Bush’s Charm, Byron Howard (Disney), Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee (Final Cut for Real/NEON); Luca de Enrico Casarosa (Pixar/Disney) and The Mitchells vs. Mike Rianda’s The Machines (Sony/Netflix).
The work ran under the direction of Carlos Estrada, son of the renowned Mexican television producer Karla Estada, and meant his first nomination for the Oscar Awards.
In the musical field, the work done by renowned composer Lin-Manuel Miranda in Encanto could earn him an award. The Disney film is nominated for “Best Animated Film” and “Best Soundtrack” for Dos oruguitas, the main theme that was performed by Sebastián Yatra.