In what would turn out to be highly competitive year in the Best Actor race, Demián Bichir shocked Mexican and American audiences last year when he beat out higher-profile actors like Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) and Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March) for a coveted Oscar nomination for his heart-wrenching performance as an undocumented Mexican gardener struggling to provide for his son in A Better Life, a critically acclaimed film that earned only $1.7 million at the box office. Bichir’s recognition included nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the ALMA Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Best Actor, A Better Life, 84th Academy Awards, Nominated
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