While Penelope Cruz didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Volver, she certainly deserved an Oscar for how beautiful she looked. In fact, fashion wise, the Hispanics and Latinos stole the show.
Penelope wore a light light pink (fashionistas are calling the color blush) Versace gown that was fitted on top and flowed into fluffy full skirt. I loved the color on Penelope and thought she looked very elegant with her hair pulled back but I’m still unsure about the bottom part. Speaking of the bottom part of the dress did you see when Ellen was “joke” vacuuming she snagged Penelope’s dress?
Latinos were in the house last night at the 79th annual Academy Awards (yes, we count Penelope Cruz), and while the nominations were full of Latino names, not everyone got to take home their gold. There were A LOT of Latino nominations, but unfortunately most didn’t pan out.
First, the winners:
Mexican Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth took home the Oscar for Best Cinematography for this Mexico-Spain co-production. Viva!
Argentino Gustavo Santaolalla took the Oscar for Best Score for Babel. He dedicated his Oscar, as he did last year, to Latinos in the U.S. Yay!
Many Latinas were watching Premio Lo Nuestro last night but not this Latina. Last night I settled with a glass of wine as the only woman in a room full of screaming male futbol fanatics to watch Colo Colo vs River Plate in the Copa Libertadores. The campeones de Chile, Colo Colo, were beat 2-1 by Argentina’s River Plate. The first goal via River’s Leonardo Ponzio came right as half-time began. The goal was protested by many of Colo’s players who say the whistle to restart play was never blown (I sure didn’t see or hear it blow). The second River goal came via Ernesto Farias in the second half of the game.
Spanish hottie Javier Bardem has been cast alongside Penelope Cruz in the upcoming bilingual Woody Allen film we told you about recently. Who cares what the film is about…Woody Allen is directing and Bardem is starring…I’m sold!
Bardem and Pe will meet up with Woody in Barcelona, Spain, for this film. This will be the only the second time in Woody Allen’s 30-year career that he will film outside of New York City, the first being when he shot Match Point (excellent film) in London.
Let’s hope that with the help of Woody Allen (and Penelope, who is Hollywood’s darling at the moment) Javier can get the attention he deserves. After being cheated by the Hollywood machine at the Oscars back in 2000 for his stellar performance portraying Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls (they chose Russell! Crowe!), I think Javi’s been less than interested in Tinseltown, but I’d love to see him get the international acclaim that is due him. Looks aside, in my opinion, he’s one of the best actors in the world these days.
Via / Independent
Latino superblogger Perez Hilton no tiene pelos en la lengua. He pretty much says whatever is on his mind — much to the dismay of many a Hollywood celeb — and indeed that has been the main draw to his blog, PerezHilton.com. Yahoo! News reports that a recent post which included a topless photo of Jennifer Aniston is now at the center of a lawsuit filed by Aniston’s studio against Perez:
Universal City Studios Productions LLLP filed the U.S. District Court copyright infringement suit Tuesday claiming Mario Lavandeira, who operates the www.perezhilton.com Internet site posted the stolen image.
The Aniston image was allegedly “misappropriated and illegally copied” during production or post-production of the 2006 romantic comedy hit The Break-Up, starring the actress and Vince Vaughn, the suit said.
Late last year there were a series of immigration raids across the country targeting the meat packing industry. And while in downtown NYC yesterday, NYU Republicans played “find the illegal alien” amidst protests, in Midtown Manhattan the government was seeking out undocumented workers, except they weren’t playing.
In a sweep across 17 states and the District of Columbia, immigration officials descended on popular eateries like Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood, arrested almost 200 illegal immigrants working for a janitorial company and filed criminal charges against its top three officials.
While the U.S. is caught up in the Obama vs. Hillary for president game, many Guatemalans are celebrating the announcement that Nobel Peace Prize laureate and indigenous activist Rigoberta Menchu will run for president of their country:
Rigoberta Menchú said Wednesday that she will run for president of Guatemala, backed by a center-left coalition, in an attempt to become the second indigenous leader of a Latin American nation.
Menchú, the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and defender of the Mayan victims of the brutal civil war that tore through Guatemala between 1960 and 1996, will participat in the September 9th elections together with the Juntos por Guatemala coalition and Winaq, a newly formed indigenous political party.
When people travel, housing projects aren’t usually part of their itineraries. Just like most people don’t seek out their art in housing projects either. The housing projects of Brazil, favelas, are notorious for their violence. Those same favelas ,though, are becoming canvases for art by outsiders.
The open air gallery, where crumbling shacks have become giant canvasses, is the brainchild of Jeroen Koolhaas, a Dutch illustrator who works for New Yorker magazine, and Dre Urhahn, an art director from Amsterdam.
“Normally, outsiders would only come here to buy cocaine,” said Mr Urhahn, who admits to having found empty cartridges on the scaffolding used for the painting. “The museum is about giving them another reason to visit the community.”
I’m guessing this piece of news isn’t going to really encourage anyone to visit Colombia, but as weird as it is, it could have happened anywhere:
Two clowns that participated in a circus act in the Colombian city of Cúcuta, on the border with Venezuela, were shot and killed by an unknown suspect, according to local authorities.
The victims, who worked for ‘El Circo del Sol’, situated in a working class neighborhood of Cúcuta, capital of the state of Norte de Santander, were doing a number for about 20 people when a man jumped into the arena and shot them in the head, said colonel José Humberto Henao, chief of the state police.
Perhaps even more interesting are the comments made by visitors to the site where I found this piece of news, many of which say they would “never go on vacation” to Colombia, precisely the problem Mala posted about yesterday. Many of the commenters (mostly Spaniards) have the perception that in South America and especially in Colombia, “la vida no vale nada”. It’s sad that people generalize entire populations based on problems that countries go through at certain times in their histories, but as Mala suggested yesterday, we are all a bit guilty of it.
Via / 20 Minutos
There were some rumors within the Spanish language media that the U.S.’s 45 year old trade embargo on Cuba could be lifted or at the very least, loosened. Especially interested in this possibility are U.S. businesses who see the Caribbean island as an untapped source of dollars. This combined with the health issues of Fidel Castro has bolstered calls for the embargo to be reevaluated. U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez couldn’t disagree more. Speaking February 21 to the Council of the Americas, a Washington business organization, Gutierrez said:
I submit to you that foreign businesses will not flourish on the island as long as there is an active communist regime in control.