The 2010 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and though there were few surprises, we were excited to see Latinos represented in more than one category.
Leading the pack of Best Supporting actress nominees was the beautiful Pénelope Cruz, who was nominated for her role as a spitfire mistress in Rob Marshall's all-star musical Nine. She told people.com, "I am completely surprised and elated. Rob Marshall is not only a genius but an absolute joy to work with. I woke up every morning excited to collaborate with this amazingly talented group of actors. Filming this movie was such a special experience and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy."
The Española faces tough competition from Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick for their performances in Up in the Air, and Maggie Gyllenhall for her role in Crazy Heart. But Cruz should be most worried about Mo'Nique, who is nominated for her tour de force performance as an abusive mother in Lee Daniel's critically acclaimed film Precious.
Two films in the Best Foreign Film category hail from Latin America: Argentina's El Secreto de Sus Ojos and Peru's La Teta Asustada. And in the Best Documentary category, Rebecca Cammissa was nominated for Which Way Home, a beautiful documentary about the thousands of children who attempt to immigrate to the United States by themselves using Mexico's incredibly dangerous freight train system.
See the complete list of nominees here.