oscars_Sergio Mendes & Carlinhos Brown

Grammy-winning Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes added Academy Award nominee to his remarkable resume when he partnered with fellow Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown and African American singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett to pen “Real in Rio,” a song for the 3D computer-animated musical comedy Rio. The colorful samba-pop song earned a Best Original Song nomination, making Mendes and Brown the first Brazilian songwriters to be nominated together, and Brown the first Latin songwriter of African descent to be nominated.

Best Original Song, Rio, 84th Academy Awards, Nominated

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Miranda Noland, Senior Photo Editor, Digital

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.