Oscars 2019: Top Ten Moments by Latino Stars

Oscars 2019: Top Ten Moments by Latino Stars

Latino Excellence was certainly in the air last night at the 91st Annual Oscars ceremony. Here’s a list of the Top Ten Moments by Latino Stars at the 2019 celebration. 

10. Javier Bardam Jams Out to Queen


Everybody loves Queen –they’re Queen, but when the band (fronted by Adam Lambert) took the stage for the Oscars opening ceremony, Javier Bardam was rocking out. Watching him headbang to “We Are the Champions” was a fun way to start the night, to say the least!

9. Diego Luna Gushes Off-Stage

In a red carpet interview with Variety, Diego Luna gushed about how happy he was to “hear Spanish all around” at the Oscars. He reflects on his early days as an actor, noting how “no one” wanted to interview him and now, that’s changed. Listening to him talk about how far he’s come and seeing how much he absolutely radiated joy was enough to put a smile on my face before the awards even started. 

8. Guillermo Del Toro Announces Best Director…To Alfonso Cuarón!

oscarsThere was something poetic about Mexican director, Guillermo Del Toro announcing the win for Best Director. Not only did he win the Oscar year prior for The Shape of Water, but it almost like a passing of the torch to fellow Mexican director, Alfonso Cuarón. Not to mention Del Toro’s sigh of relief upon seeing Cuarón’s name on the card, stating: “I actually know how to pronounce this name.” 

7. Diego Luna Goes Off Script

Diego Luna and chef, José Andrés gave quite the introduction to Roma last night. In a nice twist, these two Mexican men got to present an important Mexican film. The speeches were brief but powerful –Diego Luna even went off-script to speak in Spanish right before the Oscars’ tape rolled! 

6. Tessa Thompson’s Speech with Michael B. Jordan

oscarsTessa Thompson, joined by Michael B. Jordan, delivered a monologue that was all laughs. If you haven’t seen it yet, look it up. The Oscars are well known for their fashion, and Tessa certainly didn’t disappoint with that dress either!

5. Jennifer Lopez’ Stunning Dress

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Ok, J-Lo always looks good, but it isn’t easy to pull off metallic dresses and boy was hers a stunner. The Oscars had several people who were certainly dressed to impress, but J-Lo might just take the cake with this one. 

4. Javier Bardem’s Speech

OscarsJavier Bardem was tasked with announcing the Best Foreign Language Film winner at the Oscars, deciding to announce the award in Spanish. Bardem’s speech was a clever move considering what the category was and he delivered a powerful speech, criticizing Donald Trump’s Wall. The translation reads: “There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent. In any region of any country of any continent, there are always great stories that move us…and tonight we celebrate the excellence and importance of the cultures and languages of different countries.” To this sentiment, his co-announcer, Angela Basset replied: “Claro que si.”

3. Alfonso Cuarón Takes Home “Best Cinematography” Award

Alfonso Cuarón made history last night with his win for Roma, becoming the first person to win a “Best Cinematography” Oscar for a film that he also directed. In addition, this is the first time that a black and white film has won the Cinematography award since Schindler’s List in 1994. 

2. Into the Spider-Verse Beats Disney for Oscar Gold

The film about a teen, Afro-Latino superhero, Miles Morales, took home gold at the Oscars this weekend. The film was the second win for Sony Animation Studios and marked one of the first times Disney was beaten out since the award was created in 2001. If you haven’t seen Into the Spider-Verse yet, I highly recommend you do –it’s easily one of my absolute favorites this year.

1. Alfonso Cuarón wins Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón took home his third Oscar of the night when he won the coveted “Best Director” award. This marked his second Best Director win (the first being for Gravity) and in his speech, he thanks the Academy for recognizing a film about an indigenous Mexican woman. He states that as a filmmaker, his job is to “look where others don’t.” Finishing off his incredible speech, Cuarón thanks his home country, Mexico.

What was your favorite moment from the Oscars? Did we miss an amazing moment on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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