The next Oscar Awards will be a stage to highlight Latino talent. Join us to find out who the nominees are.
On March 27, 2022, the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will dress up to celebrate the 94th edition of the Oscars. On this occasion, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reward the work of film professionals for the best films released between March 1 and December 31, 2021. On that day, ABC will broadcast live the long-awaited ceremony.
Unlike other years, in this 2022, Latin artists have a greater participation. Let’s see who the nominees are, but we also want to highlight others who in some ways are part of the great result that made these nominations possible.
Carlos López Estrada
The young Mexican director Carlos López Estrada competes in the Best Animated Film category for Raya and the Last Dragon, the Disney film set in Southeast Asia. He is also part of the creative team of the famous Encanto, so he has double merit.
He is a young director, however, Walt Disney Animation assigned him as creative leader of Frozen II, in 2019. His next projects include directing the Robin Hood Live Action.
Ariana DeBose and Rita Moreno
This American actress, with a Puerto Rican father, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the new version of West Side Story. In addition to her work in film and television, she is also known for her career in musical theater and as a singer.
On the other hand, in 1962 the legendary Rita Moreno, also from Puerto Rico, won the Oscar for the same role that DeBosé recently played. Curiously, she is now competing as Executive Producer of the remake of the film that made her famous 60 years ago.
Guillermo del Toro
Nightmare Alley or Alley of Lost Souls, directed and co-produced by Guillermo del Toro, is nominated for Best Picture. This psychological thriller is a new opportunity for the celebrated Mexican director to add another statuette to his collection.
The Guadalajara-born screenwriter, novelist, director, and film producer took home two Oscars for his 2017 film The Shape of Water. He has also received numerous awards for Pan’s Labyrinth and Cronos.
Entertainment industry genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, this time resonates at the Oscars for the musical composition of the song Dos oruguitas, performed by Colombian Sebastián Yatra for the Disney film, Encanto. This is the first Spanish-language song to be nominated since 2005, when Uruguayan Jorge Drexler won the statuette for Al otro lado del río, from the film Diarios de motocicleta.
The creator and star of the musicals In the Heights and Hamilton is about to become an EGOT artist if he adds an Oscar to his well-deserved Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
Reinaldo Marcus Green
King Richard is the feature film starring Will Smith, based on tennis players Venus and Serena Williams’ relationship with their father. It is nominated for Best Movie and its director, Reinaldo Marcus Green, is from New York, with a Puerto Rican mother. He is known for his 2018 feature debut Monster and Men, which won a special award at the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2020, Reinaldo directed the drama Joe Bell, based on true events. In terms of television, the crime drama miniseries We own the city, under his direction, is expected to premiere in April 2022.
Finally, we would like to make a special mention to Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez. He is certainly not nominated for an Oscar this year; however, he participates in the film CODA: Signs of the Heart, which has 3 nominations, including Best Picture. Undoubtedly, Derbez’s performance as the music teacher Bernardo fills us with Latin pride, as does the work of his fellow countrywoman Paula Huidobro as Director of Photography.
We cannot finish without mentioning that the film Encanto, inspired by Colombian culture and geography, has 3 Oscar nominations. Let’s start by saying that it is co-directed by Charise Castro, who comes from a Cuban-American family. As if that were not enough, the cast is made up almost entirely of actors of Latino origin, among them: Jhon Leguizamo, Angie Cepeda, Stephanie Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, María Cecilia Botero, Diana Guerrero, and Carolina Gaitán.
So, even without knowing the winners of the Oscars 2022, Latinos are making history. Which are your favorites for the big gala? Tell us on our social networks.