Esperanza Spalding--and a bunch of other Latinos--steal the 2012 Oscars

The  biggest prizes of the 84th Academy Awards show admittedly didn't go to our favorite Latinos. Dámian Bichir didn't win Best Actor, Bérénice Bejo didn't win for Best Supporting Actress and Chico & Rita didn't win for Best Animated Feature.

But that doesn't mean that we had a bad night. Some of the best Oscar moments this year included Latinos—including Esperanza Spalding's tear-jerker perfromance during the memorial tribute and Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez showing off their best assets, these are our favorite moments.

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1. Esperanza Spalding sings beautiful rendition of "What a Wonderful World": She has captured the world with her In Memoriam tribute to the stars that passed away in the past year, including Whitney Houston, Elizabeth Taylor and former Pixar exec Steve Jobs.

Read more ¿Qué más? Cualquier mundo es maravilloso con la voz de Esperanza Spalding.

2. Describing A Better Life as a film about the undocumented, not illegal: Although Best Actor nominee Dámian Bichir didn't win the golden statue, the fact that his film was described as "undocumented worker" instead of "illegal immigrant" is a big step forward for Latinos everywhere.

Read more ¿Qué más? Demián, ¡igual te queremos!

3. Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez show off their backsides: By far my favorite (fashion) moment of the night was when the two Latina presenters turned around to present the Best Costume award. They looked gorgeous and—as we already pointed out—definitely gave their best side to the audience.

Read more ¿Qué más? Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez gave their best side to the Oscar audience.

4. Legendary drummer Sheila E performs in the Oscars House Band: Not only did she rock a gorgeous white dress on the Academy Awards red carpet but the '80s funk musician also thrilled us by appearing in the traditional band that played music throughout the 2012 telecast.

Read more ¿Qué más? Elegance and glamour rule the 2012 Oscar Red Carpet (PHOTOS).

5. The Artist winning Best Picture means big things for Bérénice Bejo: She may not have taken home the statue for Best Supporting Actress (but congrats to another woman of color, Octavia Spencer!) but her movie took home the biggest prize of the night, ensuring that her star is solidly on the rise.

Read more ¿Qué más? ¡Bérénice Bejo se quedó sin estatuilla dorada!

What was your favorite moment of Oscars 2012?

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