Bichir, CHICO AND RITA, Lubezki, Sergio Mendes & Carlinhos Brown Nominated for the Oscars


Even though no Latin American film made it to the list of five nominees for the Foreign Language Film category for this year's Academy Awards, Mexican actor Demián Bichir (pictured) received a nomination as Best Actor for his work as an East L.A. gardener in Chris Weltz's A Better Life. Additionally, the film Chico & Rita by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal about the love story between a young Cuban piano player and a singer received a nomination as Best Animated Feature Film, whilst Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezky was nominated for his work on The Tree of Life. Other Latin American talent nominated for this year's Oscars are Brazilian musicians Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown for their song Real in Rio from the film Rio in the Best Song category. The Oscars will be announced on Sunday, February 26 in Los Angeles.