Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza has called out the Oscars for its lack of Latina nominees.
Plaza, who is half Puerto Rican, was accepting an award at the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards when she hit out at the Oscars for their lack of diversity. The actress was at the ceremony to be honoured for her role in Ingrid Goes West.
“I’m going to accept the leading best actress award on behalf of the Oscars ceremony,” she said, “because I heard a fun fact tonight that I never knew before, which is that no Latina actress has ever won best actress at the Oscars. Ever. So I’m going to accept that tonight to manifest that energy.”
At this year’s awards, there isn’t a single Latinx actress or actor nominated for a role.
The Academy has nominated Guillermo del Toro – the Mexican director behind The Shape of Water. The sci-fi fantasy has picked up 13 nominations – five more than any other film on the list.
Animated film Coco, which celebrates Mexican culture and has a predominantly Latinx cast, is also nominated.
The 90th Oscars will take place in Hollywood on Sunday March 4.
Meanwhile, Ingrid Goes West sees Plaza portray an unhinged Instagrammer. We spoke to the actress last year about her leading lady status in the dark indie comedy.
“I never thought about making her likeable,” Plaza said of her character, “but I remember when I read the script for the first time, I felt like, ‘I don’t want to play a character that is just “crazy”. I want to really dissect her actions and analyse her behaviour and find out why she’s doing the things she’s doing.