Over the last several years, minority-driven films "12 Years A Slave" and "Moonlight" both won for Best Picture, two Mexicans won for Best Director, and a slew of non-white actors have been nominated, but the Academy — and Hollywood — still couldn't prevent the onslaught of #OscarsStillSoWhite.
Even though this decade alone could very well see as many as four Oscars go to Hispanic directors (Alfonso Cuarón for "Gravity," Alejandro González Iñárritu for "Birdman" and "The Revenant," and Guillermo Del Toro for "The Shape of Water"), Latino activists claim not to have enough representation at the Academy Awards.
According to Mic, Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), has been "Calling and emailing reps from the six largest film studios in Hollywood" since #OscarsSoWhite broke out in 2014, with the express intention of increasing Latino presence in movies, but he has not made much headway.
“They block our every attempt to talk to the top guy,” Nogales told Mic. “They put every obstacle in front of you so their top boss doesn’t have to deal with us.”
The NHMC have since protested "outside a luncheon for Oscar nominees at the Beverly Hilton hotel" with the hope of getting responses from studios; all negative results. On Saturday, Nogales said the NHMC will now picket several blocks away from the Dolby Theatre during Sunday's Oscar broadcast to send a message.
“We’re prepared to boycott the worst studio in town and start calling them out by name,” Nogales said. “This has gone on long enough, and it’s something we’re no longer willing to put up with.”
The Mic article noted that Latino actors have received just three Oscars in the past 20 years while African-American actors have received 11, completely discounting Latinos (including directors) who may have won Oscars for behind the camera work.
“The Academy [of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] isn’t the primary problem,” Nogales said. “It’s the studios. Their numbers are atrocious. They’re excluding Latinos altogether.”