5 reasons we're excited about the Oscar nominations

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced earlier today. Normally, Oscar doesn't show Latinos a lot of love but this year we have a lot to cheer about. We have nominations in major acting categories and this year, we have even seen (and loved) some of the movies nominated!

With a little over a month until the show airs on Sunday, February 26, there are a few things we can’t wait to see:

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The Unusual Red Carpet: Who watches the awards pre-show with more excitement than the actual show? I know I do. This year’s red carpet is going to be the most exciting and diverse yet. With nominations going to women of color (Viola Davis for The Help), older gals (Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs and Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady) and full-figured ladies (Octavia Spencer for The Help and Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids), it’s going to be a very different walk down the red carpet indeed.

Bérénice Bejo. The Buenos Aires-born actress has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar after wowing audiences in awards season favorite The Artist. The daughter of writer/director Miguel Bejo, the Argentine beauty has also been nominated for this role at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and the BAFTA Awards.

Demián Bichir. It’s not every day that a Latino actor or actress gets nominated for one of the top honors of the night, but the Mexican actor has earned a Best Actor nomination for A Better Life. Previously nominated for his work in Weeds at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, he’s up against other sexy leading men (and former winners) George Clooney for The Descendants and Brad Pitt for Moneyball.

Bridesmaids. I laughed, I cried and fell in love with the hilarious women in this year’s best comedy. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, what are you waiting for? Melissa McCarthy as Megan, the potty-mouthed sister of the groom, has earned her rave reviews and a much-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Animated films Puss in Boots and Chico & Rita. Not one but two animated films with Latino stars have been nominated in the Best Animated Films category. The Antonio Banderas-voiced Puss in Boots, with other characters voiced by Salma Hayek, Costance Marie and Guillermo del Toro, earned a credit as did the bolero-inspired movie about young piano player Chico and beautiful singer Rita.

What are you most excited for in this year’s Oscars?

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