Blacks and Latinos Win Big at the Oscars

Lupita Nyong’o, John Ridley and Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón were all recipients of the gold statue. 

John Ridley; Alfonso Cuarón; Lupita Nyong'o
John Ridley; Alfonso Cuarón; Lupita Nyong'o Valerie Macon/Getty Images; Joe Klamar/Getty Images; Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Blacks, Latinos Find Much to Like in Oscar

Biggest Audience for an Entertainment Show Since ’04

Black and Latino commentators each pronounced Sunday night’s Academy Awards a banner occasion — and the night also recorded the first Oscar for a Filipino-American. Composer Robert Lopez, with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won an Oscar for “Let It Go” from the Disney animated movie, “Frozen.”

The searing drama ’12 Years a Slave’ was named best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night,” Todd Leopold reported for CNN.

“The story of Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, won just three awards, but they were all major: best picture, best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley).” African Americans were represented among the presenters, and the audience was introduced to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African American to lead the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Overseas, “Nyong’o was the topic of the day on Kenya’s radio and TV stations Monday,” the Associated Press reported. The AP’s Lynn Elber was among many who alluded to the heralding of Nyong’o’s complexion as beautiful: “Nyong’o, who has talked about learning as a child to accept her dark-skinned beauty, said she hoped her success would inspire other youngsters. . .”

Meanwhile, HuffPost LatinoVoices reported, “It was an Oscar night that will go down in history for Latinos.

“Between host Ellen DeGeneres’ quick wit and an impromptu pizza delivery for Hollywood’s biggest star, the 86th Annual Academy Awards not only made history when they honored Latin American talent but also spotlighted the political unrest currently overtaking Venezuela.

Alfonso Cuarón’s innovative space-thriller ‘Gravity’ was the night’s most honored film with a grand total of seven Oscars, which included Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

“Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki accepted his long-awaited Oscar for his work in the critically-acclaimed film. His work on ‘Gravity’ earned Lubezki his sixth nomination and first win — in the past the cinematographer was nominated for ‘Children of Men’ and ‘Y Tu Mamá También,’ among others.