Benicio Talks About Oscar Snub of "Che"

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Benicio del Toro is no stranger to accolades; the thespian recently took home a Goya Award for "Best Actor" for his work in Steven Soderbergh's epic film Che on top of the "Best Actor" award he won last year when the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Peter Kornbluh, director of the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, and author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability caught up with Benicio after a recent screening and Del Toro didn’t hold back when discussing the lack of recognition from both the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

"Look, Che is a Hollywood movie, anyway you want to cut it, it is a Hollywood movie. But it is a Hollywood movie that takes the position of another country, in the language of that country, and makes a criticism of the United States government. I don't know any other movie that has done it that clear. This movie is as good as any movie that got nominated for an Oscar...better. But we got zilch all through the Oscars, and all through the Golden Globes."

We have to say that after seeing Benicio's performance in Che, we were also a bit shocked that he didn't get a nod for his incredibly convincing embodiment of the revolutionary icon.

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