Congratulations to Alfonso Cuarón!
The Mexican director, who took home the "Best Director" award for Gravity at the Golden Globes, is nominated for the same prize at the 86th Annual Academy Awards! He's previously directed hit movies such as Y Tú Mama Tambien, A Little Princess, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. If he wins on Sunday, March 2, he will become the first Latin American to win for Best Director.
His critical-acclaimed science-fiction thriller also came out big in the 2014 Oscar nominations! Gravity is nominated for Best Picture, and star Sandra Bullock is nominated for Best Actress for a role as astronaut Ryan Stone in the movie. Additionally, Gravity was honored with nominations for Best Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematographer for Mexican Emmanuel Lubezki. Lubezki has been nominated for five Academy Awards for his work, but has never won.
Beyond Gravity, several Latinos were honored. Robert Lopez, the award-winning co-creator of Broadway hits Avenue Q and Book of Mormon, is nominated (alongside his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez) for Best Original Song. His song "Let it Go" is the smash hit from Frozen, a nominee for Best Animated Feature.
However, there were quite a few snubs that had people talking. Oscar Isaac, the part-Guatemalan and part-Cuban actor who starred in Inside Llewyn Davis, failed to pick up a nomination for Best Actor, despite his outstanding performance in the Coen Brothers comedy about life as a folk singer in 1960s Greenwich Village.
We're thrilled to see Alfonso Cuarón being recognized for his outstanding work on Gravity, but we were disappointed to see so few other Latinos nominated by the Academy. What do you think?