HISTORY MADE! And a little nod to El Paso, TX at the 92nd annual Academy Awards – Jonas Rivera wins an Oscar! Rivera is part of the Pixar producers that took home the Oscar for Toy Story 4, making Rivera the first U.S. born Latino – Mexican-American – to win multiple Oscars. His first win was in 2016 for Inside Out.
Rivera later shared a very intimate memory about his Mexican grandfather and revealed that he (his grandfather) grew up in El Paso!
“My grandfather was from Jalisco, Mexico, and grew up in El Paso. My dad’s side of the family is the Mexican side of my family. My grandpa always instilled in me the work ethic. He drove trucks of filleted fish, and always told me, “You work hard mijo, no matter what you do, you work hard. And if you love what you do, it will pay you back.” And he was right. I wish he was here today, but I know he’s looking down on me.”
A little fun fact, Latinos have won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in: 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The Oscars continued to struggle this year, lacking in POC nominations; trending for all the wrong reasons #OscarsSoWhite – not to mention the huge snub of JLo’s nomination for her groundbreaking performance in Hustlers, despite her being nominated at every other awards show.
Although ‘Oscars still so white,’ there were still some very impactful moments that showed up this year, here were some of our favorites:
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These were some of our picks, the most powerful statements of the night ❤️✊🏽. . . America Ferrera's tribute to her Honduran ancestors Taika Waititi speech, to the original storytellers, Indigenous children Also, Taika Waititi intro speech as a presentor, giving land acknowledge to the first people of these lands Matthew A. Cherry's speech, Hair Love wins! The 'Hair Love' family invited Texas student DeAndre Arnold as their special guest. (DeAndre is a student who is being accosted by the school board of his high school, who are demanding he cut his locs… Smh.)