mexican cinema


It is said that the Princess returned to her father’s kingdom. That she reigned there with justice and a kind heart for many centuries. That she was loved by her people. And that she left behind small traces of her time on Earth, visible only to those who know where to look.


Mexican film director Emilio Fernández, one of my favorite directors, posed for the Oscar statue …. Things you didn’t know.

The 8-pound, 24-karat gold plated statues that will be handed out Sunday evening at the 84th Annual Academy Awards were modeled after a Mexican man.

You read that right.

The most recognized trophy in the world known simply as “Oscar” is modeled after Mexican filmmaker and actor Emilio Fernandez.

Solvej Schou on the history of how the statue came to be:

Working in Hollywood, Fernandez befriended Mexican actress Dolores del Rio, then wife of studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s art director and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences member Cedric Gibbons. Del Rio introduced Fernandez to Gibbons, who was in charge of supervising the statuette’s design.

Gibbons asked Fernandez to pose in the buff for a sketch to create the basis for the 8.5-pound trophy. Reluctantly, Fernandez did, and the design became the foundation for artist George Stanley’s famous sculpture of the statuette, given out at the very first Academy Awards in L.A. in 1929.

That design remains to this day.

The irony of it all is that only two Mexican actors have ever been nominated for an Oscar. This year’s best actor nominee Demián Bichir is the second Mexican (male) actor to be nominated in the 84-year history of the Oscars.

Across all categories only 11 out of 2,809 Oscar trophies have been awarded to Mexicans— and they’re mostly behind the scene awards.

The number of Mexicans in the Academy that gets to vote for who gets Oscars is also pretty low. Only 2% of Academy voters are Latino. Out of 5,100 Academy voters only about 100 are Latino—-which probably leaves you with a dozen or three Mexicans in the mix.


Trailer: Cantinflas (Sebastián del Amo, 2014)

¿Qué opinan? Any thoughts?


Lupita Tovar on July 27, 2016 will be turning 106! To celebrate this huge milestone I’m going to be sending her a birthday card- but this is where I need your help! I’d like to gather together names, state and/or country, and short messages to be printed and included in her card. I want this to be extra special.

You can submit your messages HERE- please keep it short, if possible. Like no more than 200 characters since I don’t want to overwhelm her with super long messages. If you only want to submit your name with your state and/or country that is fine too! I will turn off submissions on July 15th and will mail off the card and messages on July 20th- giving it a week to get to her.

Feel free to reblog this post to help spread the word! I look forward to your messages and being able to honor this amazing actress on her birthday. 

-Brittani, Miss-Flapper

(please submit all messages to the Lupita Tovar sideblog, not my regular blog. I want the messages to be sent to one central location, thanks!)