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González Iñárritu, Giacobone,
In addition, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (along with Wim Wenders and David Rosier) received a nomination for Best Documetary Feature for The Salt of the Earth. The Mexican film The Reaper (La Parka), directed by Nicaraguan director Gabriel Serra Argüello, received a nomination for Best Documentary Short. Argentina received a Best Foreign Film nomination for Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes), which was directed by Damián Szifrón.
And while Latinos were represented behind the scenes, this year's slate of Academy Awards nominees showed a decided lack of diversity in front of the camera and in the major awards. For the first time since 1998, there were no people of color nominated for the acting categories. Nor were there any female directors or screenwriters nominated (in spite of the pre-Oscar buzz generated of screenwriter Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl; and directors Angelina Jolie of Unbroken; and, especially Ava DuVernay of Selma).
Selma's snub by the Oscars (it received only two nominations– for Best Original Song and Best Picture) was especially stinging as the nominations were announced on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. (The film tells the story of King and his leadership of the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in support of voting rights.)
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The master of ceremonies will be Neil Patrick Harris. For more information, click here.