Commentary: The Oscars, Latinos & Patience

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Lets get this out of the way first: Alfonso Cuarón will get nominated for Best Director for his jaw dropping Gravity and Oscar Isaac has a good chance of getting a Best Actor nod for his quirky work in Inside Llewyn Davis. And that’s it. No other Latino should be expecting to hear their name called out tomorrow morning. I’m fine with it…for now.

The African American actor owned the silver screen this past year. Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave and Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station put in career-defining performances and Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler continued to add to his storied career. Perhaps, within the next two years we will see Latinas and Latinos take over the list of Oscar nominations. John Leguizamo and Benicio del Toro both signed on to portray Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in separate movies. And we all know how the Academy loves drug movies and biopics—this is a two-in-one and the bad guy dies in the end. Then, there’s Zoe Saldana portraying jazz legend Nina Simone as well. We’re putting our money on Zoe to bring it home.

But it’s just a matter of patience. Yes, we’ve been waiting for so long but what’s a couple of more years? Take a look at TV: the Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine has the most multicultural cast on primetime, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black’s diverse cast makes the show not Piper, and Lifetime’s Devious Maids’ have five Latina LEAD actresses.

So, I implore you to wait. Once the movies catch up with TV, there is no stopping us.

PS: Our dark horse for the Oscar nods is Melonie Diaz in Fruitvale Station.