Oscar nominations were made Tuesday morning (Jan. 24, 2009) and only a few Latin American artists made it onto the list.
Cuban actress Ana de Armas received nominations for her portrayal of American film icon Marilyn Monroe. Blonde. Meanwhile, Mexican film maestro Guillermo del Toro received a nod for best animated feature for his acclaimed stop-motion take on the children’s classic Pinocchio.
His Amigo and countryman Alfonso Cuarón was also nominated — in the best short film category — as a producer of Le Pupille. An Argentine movie is up for the best international film award. Argentina, 1985Santiago Mitre directs “The Night of the Living Dead”.
The 95th Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, at Ovation Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
Below, you will find information about the Latin American nominees in alphabetical order and where to see their films.
Nomination: Best short live-action film Le Pupille (The Pupils)
Produced by Cuarón and written and directed by Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher (with whom Cuarón shares the nomination), Le Pupille is a 37-minute drama about a group of rebellious girls at a Catholic boarding school before Christmas in the 1940s, during the war in Italy. It’s available on Disney+.
Competes with: A Irish Goodbye, Ivalu, Night Ride And The Red Suitcase.
Cuarón at the Oscars: Cuarón has won four Academy Awards, for best directing and editing in 2014 for GravityThis is the place to go for the best in cinematography, directing, and cinematography for 2019. Roma. A total of 11 nominations have been received for him, the first being in 2003 for his original screenplay. Y Tu Mamá También, which he wrote with his brother, Carlos Cuarón.
ANA DE ARMAS
Nomination: Best actress, for Blonde
Marilyn Monroe is portrayed convincingly by de Armas in In Blonde, the Cuban actress — who had already won acclaim for her supporting roles in the blockbusters Knives out And There is no time to die — offers her most gutsy and heartbreaking performance to date as she transforms into Norma Jean Baker. Andrew Dominik directed the Netflix movie. It examines the personal, romantic, and professional lives of the artist and writer. The Motion Picture Association of America gave it an NC-17 rating for “some sexual content.”
Competes with: Cate Blanchett (Tár), Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie), Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans), and Michelle Yeoh (Everything at once.)
De Armas at Oscars: This is the first nomination for a Cuban actress.
Nomination: Best international feature movie (formerly best foreign language film).
Santiago Mitre directed the film. Argentina, 1985 The Trial of the Juntas is a story about a historic event that took place in South America in the same year. It was the trial in which a group of lawyers faced the military dictatorship despite all odds. Actors Ricardo Darín and Peter Lanzani play Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo, the legal duo at the center of this event that went down in history as one of the pillars in the transition to democracy in Argentina. Amazon Prime Video is available.
Competes with: All Quiet on The Western Front (Germant), Close (Belgium), EO (Poland), The Quiet Girl (Ireland).
Argentina at the Oscars Argentina, 1985 The eighth South American film to compete in this category is Luis Puenzo’s Luis Puenzo’s. Two Argentine films have won the award so far: Luis Puenzo’s The Official Story in 1985, and Juan José Campanella’s The Secret is in Their Eyes 2009
GUILLERMO DEL TORO
Nomination: The best animated feature film of all time Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Mexican filmmaker del Toro puts his stamp on the children’s classic about a wooden doll that comes to life in the face of a man’s deep desire to be a father. Beautifully animated in stop-motion, Del Toro’s Pinocchio This version is darker than Disney’s. It features a grieving father, a character named Mussolini as well as bombings and a more visually intriguing wooden boy. A-listers like Ron Perlman, Ewan McGregor and Cate Blanchett are part of the cast. It can be streamed online by Netflix under the direction of Mark Gustafson & del Toro.
Competes with: Marcel the Shell and Shoes On, Puss in Boots – The Last Wish, The Sea Beast, Turning Red.
Del Toro at Oscars Winner of two Academy Awards — for best film and direction for The Shape of Water in 2018 — del Toro has been nominated for six Oscars in total. He won the 2007 award for best original screenplay. Pan’s LabyrinthMexico’s international feature film category also included a Mexican representation. He won the award for best picture last year. Nightmare Alley.
Puss in Boots – The Last Wish The DreamWorks animated feature, which stars Antonio Banderas & Salmahayek, has been nominated to win the best animated feature award. And Bardo: The False Chronicle for a Whole Lot of Truths, the latest from Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, got one nod for Iranian-French cinematographer Darius Khondji.