Oscar recognition for Latino Filmmakers

04/03/2010 at 7:37 am Leave a comment


From standout performances to work behind the scenes, several Hispanic filmmakers earned Academy Award recognition this year. They made us laugh, made us think and made some of us want to learn how to dance. The nominees are:

Penélope Cruz

Her turn as a playboy filmmaker’s needy mistress in the musical ‘Nine’ earned the 35-year-old her third career nomination. She is the only nominated performance from that star-studded musical.

Cruz, who was first nominated in 2007 for the lead role in ‘Volver,’ took home the best supporting actress Oscar last year for ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona.’ She’s competing again this year in the same category.

‘Filming this movie was such a special experience, and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy,’ Cruz told reporters after nominations were announced Feb. 2.

Jonas Rivera

Being the producer of the animated comedy ‘Up,’ Rivera describes his job as ‘the one who nurtures the film along.’ In other words, he’s ‘an air-traffic controller meets circus ring leader,’ Rivera told Conexión last summer.

Up,’ which follows a lonely widower as he flies his house off to South America suspended from helium balloons, is nominated for best animated feature film and best picture, where it competes in the newly expanded category. If the film wins either award, Rivera will take home his first Oscar.

‘El Secreto de Sus Ojos’

One of five films nominated in the best foreign language film category, this work by Argentine director Juan José Campanella tells the story of a retired criminal prosecutor who plans to write a novel based on a 25-year-old rape and murder case that has haunted him for years. The film’s Oscar nod is its latest honor. Other accolades include various acting awards in Europe and South America and a best picture nomination in Spain.

‘La Teta Asustada’

Peru’s entry in the best foreign language film category examines the aftermath of Peru’s violent and repressive former regime as many young women bear emotional scars that have been passed on to them by their victimized mothers.

Directed by Claudia Llosa, the film has won best picture awards in Latin America and Europe.

‘Which Way Home’

This work by director Rebecca Cammisa tells the story of child immigrants who travel to the United States by themselves using Mexico’s dangerous freight train system. Nominated in the best documentary feature category, the film, which premiered on HBO last year, is also up in the same category at the Film Independent Spirit Awards taking place Friday, March 5.

by Melissa Rentería Source @  San Antonio Express

ino Filmmakers

by Melissa Rentería @ Conexión

From standout performances to work behind the scenes, several Hispanic filmmakers earned Academy Award recognition this year. They made us laugh, made us think and made some of us want to learn how to dance. The nominees are:

Penélope Cruz

Her turn as a playboy filmmaker’s needy mistress in the musical ‘Nine’ earned the 35-year-old her third career nomination. She is the only nominated performance from that star-studded musical.

Cruz, who was first nominated in 2007 for the lead role in ‘Volver,’ took home the best supporting actress Oscar last year for ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona.’ She’s competing again this year in the same category.

‘Filming this movie was such a special experience, and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy,’ Cruz told reporters after nominations were announced Feb. 2.

Jonas Rivera

Being the producer of the animated comedy ‘Up,’ Rivera describes his job as ‘the one who nurtures the film along.’ In other words, he’s ‘an air-traffic controller meets circus ring leader,’ Rivera told Conexión last summer.

‘Up,’ which follows a lonely widower as he flies his house off to South America suspended from helium balloons, is nominated for best animated feature film and best picture, where it competes in the newly expanded category. If the film wins either award, Rivera will take home his first Oscar.

‘El Secreto de Sus Ojos’

One of five films nominated in the best foreign language film category, this work by Argentine director Juan José Campanella tells the story of a retired criminal prosecutor who plans to write a novel based on a 25-year-old rape and murder case that has haunted him for years. The film’s Oscar nod is its latest honor. Other accolades include various acting awards in Europe and South America and a best picture nomination in Spain.

‘La Teta Asustada’

Peru’s entry in the best foreign language film category examines the aftermath of Peru’s violent and repressive former regime as many young women bear emotional scars that have been passed on to them by their victimized mothers.

Directed by Claudia Llosa, the film has won best picture awards in Latin America and Europe.

‘Which Way Home’

This work by director Rebecca Cammisa tells the story of child immigrants who travel to the United States by themselves using Mexico’s dangerous freight train system. Nominated in the best documentary feature category, the film, which premiered on HBO last year, is also up in the same category at the Film Independent Spirit Awards taking place Friday, March 5.

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