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As awards season continues on throughout December and January, Latinos could dominate the Oscar race throughout a number of categories.
Spain is being well represented this year with actor Javier Bardem who has garnered a number of nominations including a SAG nomination and is now in the race to obtain a supporting acting award. His SAG nomination was procured from votes of many Academy voters and the fact that he was selected for such a prestigious award could bode well from him come January.
Spanish costumer Paco Delgado has also become a frontrunner in the best costume design race. His work for Les Miserables has become some of the most acclaimed and he was featured on the Hollywood Reporter costume design roundup. He is probably a lock for the category and probably also a favorite to take home the statuette.
Spain is also being represented with by the film BlancaNieves which a black and white retelling of the classic story Snow White. The film strives to invoke the classic Black and White silent era of Hollywood.
Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible will also be competing in many categories at the Oscars. While the film is acted by British, Australian and American talent the film was produced with the support of Spain and Spanish crew. Fernando Velsquez 's score has been hailed while Oscar Faura's cinematography is being called some of the best of the year. If this film is nominated for technical awards it will all go to Spanish artists.
Chile is also well represented this year with cinematographer Claudio Miranda being the frontrunner to win for his work on Life of Pi. Chile also has a strong contender for best foreign film No. The film won at the Cannes Film Festival and stars Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal.
Mexican cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto is also in contention for his work on Argo. The Academy Award nominated cinematographer is currently lensing Martin Scorese's new film and could be back in the awards hunt next year.
Additionally every major Latin American country submitted a film to the academy to compete for foreign film. Mexico has After Lucia, Peru has Bad Intentions, while Uruguay will compete with The Delay. Venezuala will compete with Rock Paper Sissors, while Argentina with Clandestine Childhood. The Clown is representing Brazil while Colombia has El Cartel. Domincan Republic has Checkmate.
It is unsure whether a Latino film will be nominated for the foreign film Oscar but the slate looks strong and very promising. The Academy award nominations will be unveiled January 10th.