|Oscar winner Claudio Miranda|
And yet, Latinos were present in the ceremony, from presenters Salma Hayek (herself a former Oscar nominee) and Zoë Saldaña to Fátima Ptacek (star of the Oscar-winning live action short film Curfew) to the subjects of the Best Documentary Oscar winners.
|Inocente, star of the Oscar-winning|
documentary short of the same name
|Rodríguez, star of the Oscar-winning |
documentary Searching for Sugar Man
And of course, Argo, based on the life of Antonio "Tony" Mendez, won Best Picture (as well as Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay).
This year was also the second year where Puerto Rico was declared ineligible in the Best Foreign (Language) Film category after being considered and having films submitted since 1986. The Puerto Rican film Lo que le pasó a Santiago (What Happened to Santiago), directed by Jacobo Morales, was an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989.
All in all, this year's Academy Awards were a mixed bag for Latinos. Latinos are in the film industry and always has been. Heck, even the statuette of the Academy Award is modeled on a Latino actor-screenwriter-director. And with the growing number of Latinos in the United States, it is about time that Hollywood actually wakes up and takes more notice.