Oscars 2012

Lots of great films seem to come just in time for the awards season. This year is no different.  The nominees for this year’s Oscars were announced earlier this week.  Here are some of the nominees that excited us just a little more:

Demian Bichir from Mexico was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in “A Better Life”.  The film was released in 2011 with much critical acclaim. It’s a drama about an undocumented immigrant father, working as a gardener, that struggles both to provide for his son and to keep him out of harms way. Gangs beckoning and immigration agents on their heels.

“The Artist” has been marketed heavily with both critical and popular appeal. It’s no surprise that Oscar nominations would be in the cards.  Though we don’t get to hear her in this fantastic silent film,  here’s your chance to hear Argentina born Berenice Bejo, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, in an interview last year after a film festival screening:

Five time Oscar nominee Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematographer,  hails from Mexico and has worked on some amazing films including “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Children of Men”,  “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, and many more. He’s up for an Oscar with “Tree of Life” directed by Terrence Malick which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.  Here’s a great introduction by Ben Affleck at the Hollywood Film Awards:

 

Salma Hayek Knighted in France

Actor, producer and director Salma Hayek will be among those receiving the Chevalier award from the prestigious National Order of the Legion of Honor of France. Established in 1802 by Napoleon, the Order is the highest decoration given in France to both civilians and military personnel.  It consists of five tiers: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross). The award ceremony will take place at the Champs Elysee Palace in Paris and given by the President of France, Nicolas Sarcozy.

Here’s a clip from “Desperado” by Robert Rodriguez, Salma Hayek’s breakthrough role starring opposite Antonio Banderas.