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    I know that this will be a controversial discussion, but I think it is needed. It has been on my mind for some time, and I feel like I must express how I feel. This last decade has been incredible for Mexican directors. I do think that Blacks have done an incredible job with fighting for their representation, but I do feel that production companies are stopping the progression of Hispanic representation. There have been multiple Mexican Oscar winning directors, but most of their films did not include Mexican, or Hispanic actors/actresses. Now I am not saying that they should only be doing films that have actors from their region because that would be considered racist, but there should be more representation.

    I do feel that studios are behind these decisions. I do not however want to take away from the incredible work done by the actors in their films. Sandra Bullock in Gravity was Groundbreaking for me, and Leo was a worthy winner.

    I’d honestly like to see more Hispanic actors dominating.

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    Ang Lee won twice for movies unrelated to his culture.

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    To be fair, there’s always the chance that said directors will parlay their clout into creating projects that help those demographics out. Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming film Roma is his first Spanish film in years, for example.

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    To be fair, there’s always the chance that said directors will parlay their clout into creating projects that help those demographics out. Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming film Roma is his first Spanish film in years, for example.

    I hope that is the case.

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    This is a race thing and not a gender thing, but I’ve always found it interesting how Kathryn Bigelow is the first and only female to have won a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, a movie about men in war.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    You can’t get into Gravity as it was just two characters in space. The Revenant might also be safe from this discussion because of its setting but, common, perhaps one or two hispanic actors wouldn’t have looked so out of place.

    For Birdman, I do think that it’s a matter worth discussing specially since you could have included those actors in prominent roles. Any of the actors in Birdman could’ve been hispanic. From Keaton, to Norton, to Watts, it wasn’t necessary for them all to be “white”. Even Stone who “should be” the same race as Keaton since they were father and daughter, could’ve been hispanic. He could’ve married a Mexican woman and had a half Mexican child. Look at Ballers and Jon Cena’s kid, for example.

    The Shape of Water might seem to be set at a time where maybe not that many hispanics where hanging around, but common, it’s not that hard to imagine either. In this film a black woman is a maid, why not make her, I don’t know, from Ecuador? The neighbor couldn’t have been Mexican?

    And it’s not like they haven’t done it before. Didn’t Babel focus on one part Hispanic, one part Asian and one part “white”? And it didn’t need to be. But it was.

    Again, it’s a matter worth discussing as you could fit a hispanic actor anywhere and these are Mexican directors. Not even as wide as “hispanic” actors, just put Mexicans actors in there. They’re your people. Put them in your movies!

    It’s not like this is Avengers, they’re all small films when you think about it, I doubt there was studio inteference, with racist studioheads demanding all white actors and Octavia Spencer or the film wouldn’t be profitable or wouldn’t even get financed/made.

    And Ang Lee might have won an Oscar for movies unrelated to his culture, but at least the second win for this Asian director was an Asia-set film with an Asian lead.

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    This is a race thing and not a gender thing, but I’ve always found it interesting how Kathryn Bigelow is the first and only female to have won a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, a movie about men in war.

    And that’s part of the reason why she won. Her next film was also about men in war but the lead was a woman. She wasn’t even nominated. Not the entire reason why, but it does make you wonder…

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    I am glad to see multiple Hispanic directors having, but I want to see their on screen talent have the same success in English language films.

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    And Ang Lee might have won an Oscar for movies unrelated to his culture, but at least the second win for this Asian director was an Asia-set film with an Asian lead.

    How superficial (they share a continent), Chinese and East Indian culture are radically removed from each other.

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    Because they want awards, money and commodity.

    And who can blame them? They didn’t have the chance to be that recognized and rich if they would’ve stayed to make films in Mexico.

    My real question is not about representation in Hollywood, because they didn’t live the experience of being immigrants or being raised as Latinos in the US, they aren’t close to that culture as one might think; is about the possibility to enhance Mexican culture in Mexico, to lead a revival in the Mexican film industry. There has never been a better chance to do so. And no, Roma isn’t enough.

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