Mexican film director Emilio Fernández, one of my favorite directors, posed for the Oscar statue …. Things you didn’t know.
The 8-pound, 24-karat gold plated statues that will be handed out Sunday evening at the 84th Annual Academy Awards were modeled after a Mexican man.
You read that right.
The most recognized trophy in the world known simply as “Oscar” is modeled after Mexican filmmaker and actor Emilio Fernandez.
Working in Hollywood, Fernandez befriended Mexican actress Dolores del Rio, then wife of studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s art director and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences member Cedric Gibbons. Del Rio introduced Fernandez to Gibbons, who was in charge of supervising the statuette’s design.
Gibbons asked Fernandez to pose in the buff for a sketch to create the basis for the 8.5-pound trophy. Reluctantly, Fernandez did, and the design became the foundation for artist George Stanley’s famous sculpture of the statuette, given out at the very first Academy Awards in L.A. in 1929.
That design remains to this day.
The irony of it all is that only two Mexican actors have ever been nominated for an Oscar. This year’s best actor nominee Demián Bichir is the second Mexican (male) actor to be nominated in the 84-year history of the Oscars.
Across all categories only 11 out of 2,809 Oscar trophies have been awarded to Mexicans— and they’re mostly behind the scene awards.
The number of Mexicans in the Academy that gets to vote for who gets Oscars is also pretty low. Only 2% of Academy voters are Latino. Out of 5,100 Academy voters only about 100 are Latino—-which probably leaves you with a dozen or three Mexicans in the mix.
Bolding mine— one of many reasons why the Oscars can get fucked. I think that’s gonna be kind of a theme for my blogging today.
Kerry Washington at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards
What She Wore: A green floral Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 ensemble with matching Christian Louboutin floral pumps & a studded Bottega Veneta clutch.
I’m not one for floral prints but she looks gorgeous!
Rihanna is gorgeous!
That song is beautiful.
And Justin Timberlake was boring as hell.
“no one man should have all that power” says kanye solemnly
beyonce kicks her leg over her head “i am no man”
Lemon, there is a word, a once special word that’s been tragically co-opted by the romance industrial complex and I would hate to use it here and have you think that I am suggesting any type of romantic sentiment, let alone an invitation to scale bone mountain.
It’s a word that comes to us by way of the old high German luba from the latin lubera meaning “to be pleasing”. So, I’m going to use this word to describe how I feel about you in the way that our angalosaxin forefathers would have used it in reference to say…. “hot bowl of bear meet” or “your enemies skull, split”.
I love you too, Jack.
I am a mess of tears. Part of it is PMS but seriously Jack and Liz telling each other how much they meant to each other brought on the water works.
My favorite show is ending tonight…
I never got bored with 30 Rock; I’ve always thought the show was hilarious and self aware. I’m annoyed it doesn’t even get a full season to wrap up.
Even when some episodes weren’t as perfect as others, it was consistently a higher quality comedy. The only character I ever disliked was Hazel Wassername but I never find Kristin Schaal funny.
I’m happy it got seven seasons though. Every year I panicked that it would get canceled.
But I’ll be watching tonight hopefully with some wine and cake.
Jude Law Shares His Thoughts On Lucy Liu Playing Dr. Watson In ‘Elementary’ & Reveals The Present He Has For Her
That’s how you talk about another actor playing a part you play(ed). Some one needs to forward this to Martin Freeman.
Oh look proof that you can talk about another adaption of a character you played with out being a giant shitbag about it.
The mustache thing is just adorable. He is adorable.
Finding out what a huge asshole Martin Freeman is killed Sherlock for me. I think Cumberbatch hasn’t been as ridiculous but I’m unsure.