Golden Globes 2015 Latino Wins & Losses: ‘Birdman’s’ Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, ‘Jane The Virgin’s’ Gina Rodriguez Win, Louis C.K., ‘The Book of Life’ Grateful for Noms
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association showed Latinos in TV and film some love Sunday night at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards.
Latinos who scored big at the Globes included Mexican writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, nabbing the Best Screenplay (along with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo) for "Birdman," and "Jane The Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez, who proudly and humbly won her first-ever Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV series, Musical or Comedy.
While both speeches were memorable, one especially turned on the waterworks -- Rodriguez's touching words thanking her bosses, cast members, culture and most importantly her family tore on our heartstrings.
"This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes," said an emotional Rodriguez who had tears streaming down her face. "My father used to tell me to say every morning: 'Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will.' Well, Dad. Today is a great day. I can and I did."
After receiving the award, Rodriguez spoke to the press backstage -- both English and Spanish on what the win meant for a young Latina actress and the Latino community as a whole.
"First and foremost, the nomination alone was a win for me because it allowed our culture, it allowed Latinos to see themselves in a beautiful light," Rodriguez said, NBC News reported. "For me, the win meant everything." ... "I'm definitely part of the testament that it's changing. It's not only something that I see, but something I experience everyday."
Rodriguez added that the win "...allowed [Latinos] to see themselves invited to the same party. We want to create the effect that shows Latinos as the investment bankers and the lawyers that exist in my own home." Rodriguez was referring to her sisters, whom she thanked in the awards show for being role models. One is an investment banker and another a lawyer.
On the other hand, Inarritu's speech brought the laughs and the gratitude to his cast and fellow screenwriters who collaborated on the satirical film about a washed-up former superhero star who takes on a serious Broadway play. The film stars Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, Michael Keaton who also got emotional during his acceptance speech.
Inarritu's speech kicked off with his "Birdman's" raspy character impression, saying "Everything was about the eagle, guys," he joked. "Really that voice was getting us crazy while we were doing this script," he pointed out.
"Sorry, my English is terrible, my God," he went on to say although he was doing a great job speaking English. Inarritu also paid it forward, commending his three writing partners for their enthusiasm and comedic timing in the script. He pointed out that it was truly a group effort and "one of the greatest experiences of his life."
"Birdman" literally and figuratively wouldn't have spread its wings without Keaton's top-notch performance.
"Whatever we have wrote[sic] there, you know words have no meaning if there's no actors like that," Inarritu said, thanking not only Keaton but supporting cast members Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan. "[They] did the job by themselves."
Inarritu won one out of three nominations, but he lost Best Director to Richard Linklater and Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical to Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Keaton got choked up during his speech as he reflected on his life and thanked his son, whom he called his best friend. "Shoot," he said. "Two things I said I wasn't going to do: cry and give air quotes."
Does this mean "Birdman" might also be an Oscar contender?
"Unlike the Oscars which separates screenplays into adapted and original categories, the Golden Globes joins the two in a single, über-competitive category," The Hollywood Reporter points out. "The win for Birdman positions it favorably for a best original screenplay Oscar nomination."
Mexican-American comedic favorite Louis C.K., who is currently on tour for his stand-up comedy, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "Louie" against Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Ricky Gervais ("Derek"), William H. Macy ("Shameless") and Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent") who won the award.
Director/illustrator Jorge Gutierrez's "The Book of Life" lost out to some competitive contenders, including "Big Hero 6," "The Boxtrolls," and "The Lego Movie," and the DreamWorks sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which took home the award.
Guitierrez, who spoke to Latin Post in an exclusive interview, teamed up with Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, a diverse cast cast, including Diego Luna, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana for the film, which also included an impressive soundtrack featuring the legendary Plácido Domingo.
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