Latin America continued to wow at the Oscars last night, despite Colombia’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ missing out in the Best Foreign Language Film category to ‘The son of Saul’.
“Just being here and representing the continent is very special. In the past, when the film competing was from Argentina, Chile, Peru or Brazil we sent them support from Colombia. This year, we’ve felt that Latin America is sending us their support and good energy,” director Ciro Guerra commented from the red carpet.
— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) 29 February 2016
President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted his support for the movie, adding that it “reveals the magic of the Amazon. A historic nomination and recognition for Colombian cinema!”
Mexico’s Alejandro González Iñárritu was awarded Best Director for ‘The Revenant’. This is the second consecutive year that the Mexican has received an Oscar in this category, scooping the prize last year for ‘Birdman’.
Despite being up for 12 nominations, ‘The Revenant’ came out tops in three categories. Emmanuel Lubezki was awarded the Oscar for Best Cinematography for the movie.
Leonardo Di Caprio was awarded Best Actor for his role in the film, El Tiempo reports.
“Thanks to the academy and everyone in this category. I was lucky enough to work with a great team during the movie. Alejandro… what amazing talent! Mr (Martin) Scorsese, thank you for teaching me so much about cinema,” Di Caprio commented during his acceptance speech.