Even on the most triumphant Oscar night ever for someone of Hispanic heritage, Penn's joke reinforced Latinos' perception--borne out of history and experience--that Hollywood believes our community does not belong at the Academy Awards.
Thursday morning when I learned the Academy's list of nominees, I spent the rest of the day alternating between despair and rage. In fact, I have loved movies unabashedly since I was 18 months old and my mother took me to see my first feature.
Cannes is set to kick-off this evening with the premiere of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Ridley's movie is not in competition, but the premiere is destined to bring the stars out in droves.