Nominations for the 16th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards were announced this morning, and not a single Latino actor — not even Javier Bardem, who won raves for his heartbreaking portrayal of a sick father in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful — was nominated for an acting award.
Even worse, none of this year's 10 Best Picture nominees features a single Latin actor or actress in a leading or supporting role, and none of the films were helmed by a Latin director.
It's unfortunate that Bardem is the only Latin actor to have a lead role in a movie that's a serious Oscar contender this year, but what's really disheartening is that there was no diversity whatsoever among the nominees for this year's critics choice awards. All 24 acting nominees are white.
Also, because the Critics Choice Awards almost always match up perfectly with who goes on to get an Oscar nomination, this probably means that Bardem will be ignored come Oscar time.
This has been a particularly bad year for Latinos at awards shows. Recently, Latina.com broke the story that the ALMA Awards, which honor the positive portrayals of Latinos in media, were canceled for 2010. And last week, the National Hispanic Media Coalition released their annual TV diversity report card, which showed that Latino diversity at the four major television networks: ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX had declined considerably in 2010.
The 16th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 14, on VH1. For a complete list of the nominations, click here.