Hispanic Group Protests at Oscars Luncheon
“When people think of diversity, they think of black and white,” stated Moctesuma Esparza, a producer of movies like “Selena” and the chief government of Maya Cinemas, a multiplex chain. “Nobody thinks of other minorities unless it is pointed out.”
Growing animated, Mr. Esparza added, “Latinos, like all human beings, want to see themselves represented on screen.”
Joining Mr. Nogales and Mr. Esparza outdoors the Beverly Hilton have been folks like Santiago Pozo, the chief government of Arenas Entertainment, which focuses on advertising studio motion pictures to Hispanic audiences; and Gloria Molina, a former Los Angeles County supervisor. “The movie industry should be ashamed of itself,” Ms. Molina stated.
Inside the lodge, John Bailey, the academy’s president, identified that it continues to work to extend range and referred to the #MeToo motion towards sexual harassment, saying that he was thrilled that “fossilized bedrock” in Hollywood was being “jackhammered into oblivion.”
Because its high-wattage friends draw media consideration, the Oscar nominee luncheon has change into a platform for demonstrations earlier than. In 2013, as an illustration, two anti-torture teams protested “Zero Dark Thirty,” a finest image nominee that was criticized for its depiction of “enhanced interrogation” within the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Monday’s gathering got here as “The Shape of Water,” a fantasy from the Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, garnered acclaim because the Academy Awards method. Over the weekend, Mr. del Toro received the highest prize at the Directors Guild Awards. “The Shape of Water,” a couple of mute janitor who falls in love with a sea creature, is nominated for 13 Oscars, with Mr. del Toro receiving nods for his producing, path and screenwriting.
The goal of the lunch is to assemble nominees (205 this 12 months, 175 of whom have been in attendance) for the category photograph and a celebratory glass of Champagne whereas pleading for brevity at the rostrum by the eventual winners. In remarks earlier than lunch, Mr. Bailey instructed attendees to not start acceptance speeches by occurring about how heavy the statuettes are.
“And thank your mom,” he stated, “not your personal trainer.”
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