A Look at the Latinos Who Made it Big in Hollywood
Latinos have been steadily making names for themselves in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. Just recently, three Latinos have been honored by the Impact Awards for their notable presence onscreen.
Hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition or NHMC, the 19th Annual National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards Gala awarded Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán, ABC news correspondent and host John Quiñones and "Jane the Virgin" actress Andrea Navedo, NBC News listed.
Latinos Who Made it Big
Despite the issues Latinos face in Hollywood, the controversies do not stop their work from getting recognized. At this year's Oscars, Alejandro González Iñárritu once again took home the Best Director Award for his work on "The Revenant," an honor which he also nabbed last year for "Birdman."
Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki took home his third consecutive Academy Award for "The Revenant." He previously won the Best Cinematographer honor for both "Gravity" and Birdman."
Chile's "Bear Story" won the Oscars for Best Animated Short. The film was directed by Gabriel Osorio Vargas from a script co-written by Daniel Castro.
Gina Rodriguez made waves when she headlined "Jane the Virgin," an endeavor which gave way to the star winning the Best Actress Award at the 2015 Golden Globes. Other popular Latino celebrities who have excelled in their chosen media ventures are Rita Moreno, Jennifer Lopez, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Sofia Vergara, Oscar Isaac, George Lopez, Salma Hayek and Rosie Perez, the Huffington Post listed.
The music scene honored Latino artists as well. At the 58th Grammy Awards last February, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit "Hamilton" won an award for Best Musical Theater Album, NBC News reported.
Latino albums also scored awards at this year's Grammys. This includes Los Tigres del Norte's "Realidades," Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado's "Son De Panamá," Ricky Martin's "A Quien Quiera Escuchar," Pitbull's "Dale" and Natalie Lafourcade's "Hasta La Raiz," the news outlet listed.
Latinos are Underrepresented Too
According to NHMC President Alex Nogales, it's not just African Americans who are usually excluded from major awards ceremonies, the news outlet noted. He said that some minority groups (like Asians and Latinos) are also poorly represented in Hollywood, a statement that he highlighted by wearing a brown ribbon supporting a diversity movement called #HollywoodBrownout.
"While black Americans received 10 percent of Oscar nominations since 2000, Latinos received 3 percent," Nogales said, as quoted by NBC News. "The issue of diversity in entertainment can no longer be a black-white dialogue, it has to include Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans and women. Every community has its creatives and we gather at the Impact Awards to honor ours and inspire more."
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