Oscars 2012: Foreigners win big, Latino's don't

I don't think there were a lot of surprises in terms of who won Oscars Sunday evening. Both The Artist and Hugo were big winners, but Michel Hazanavicius' ode to the silent film era won the top prize. In his speech, the director thanked his lovely wife, the Argentine-French Bérénice Bejo who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress award, but lost to favorite Octavia Spencer in The Help.

There's no denying that it's a huge honor for all Latinos that Mexican Demian Bichir went as far as getting a nomination for Best Actor for his outstanding role in the powerful film A Better Life, but I was still really hoping against hope that he would win. It was just way too tough because he was up against some titans and The Artist's Jean Dujardin, the first Frenchman to win Best Actor, took the award.

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And I don't mean that Bichir wasn't good enough, I just mean that, sadly, I just couldn't see the Academy voting for him over the others. It was definitely an orgullo to see Bichir at the Oscars (he came with his mom!), yet I can't help but wonder how much winning would have done for the heated topic of immigration.

I was also hoping for Fernando Trueba's Chico & Rita to win in the Best Animated Feature category, but Rango won instead. I would've settled for Puss in Boots voiced by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, but the chameleon took the statue. In terms of music, legendary brazilian musician, Sergio Mendes' song "Real in Rio" was nominated for Best Song, but "Man or Muppets" took the Oscar. 

As for Mexican Emmanuel Lubeski, who was nominated for Best Cinematography for Tree of Life, he was also beat out by Hugo's Robert Richardson.

So it wasn't really a good night for Latinos in terms of winning awards, but our artists definitely shone both on stage and on the red carpet: legendary drummer Sheila E. who looked hot playing those drums into and out of commercials, Esperanza Spalding touching rendition of  "What a Wonderful World" during the Oscar's In Memoriam segment and J.Lo, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz who looked absolutely stunning!

What was your favorite part of the 2012 Oscars? Who were you hoping would win but didn't?

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