The model behind the Oscar statue is Mexican actor Emilio Fern ndez
Actor Emilio Fernandez, left, who was born in Coahuila, Mexico in 1904, is the face behind the Oscar statue.
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#1 Feb 25, 2013
You did not know that The Oscar Is Mexican?
People cannot fathom that the coveted Oscar is Mexican. The statue was modeled after Emilio El Indio Fernandez who was a very important actor, director, revolutionary and the inspiration for the most iconic American film industry award...The Oscar.
It was in 1928 that MGM's art director Cedric Gibbons, one of the original Academy members, supervised the design. In need of a model for his statuette, Gibbons was introduced by his future wife Mexican actress Dolores Del Río (who was Orson Wells muse while shooting Citizen Kane) to Mexican film director and actor Emilio "El Indio" Fernández. Reluctant at first, Fernández was finally convinced to pose nude to create what today is known as the "Oscar".
In Mexico, Emilio Fernández was nicknamed El Indio, Spanish for The Indian, a tribute to his Indigenous heritage and subject matter of many of his films.
His place in Mexican cinema is well known and highly regarded. However, his place in American cinema history as both an actor and muse for the ultimate Hollywood award should also be as recognized and told to everyone in the industry.
Next time you watch the Academy Awards; remember the story of how a young man in Mexico went from fighting in a revolution to becoming an acclaimed star, director and the model and symbol for the Oscar, the ultimate recognition in film!
Odd enough, this piece of history was missing from Wikipedias Oscar article a several years ago. I took it upon myself to include this information on Wikipedia. It was deleted several times until finally gaining acceptance.
Spread the word!
Viva Emilio El Indio Fernández!
#2 Feb 26, 2013
Well, the information is still there...
Thanks, Lester. It is good to rescue those pieces of History that few people know.
One Mexican-American actor that won the Oscar was Anthony Quinn.
I remember reading his autobiography very many years ago, in home of my granma, and I was fascinated by his approach of combining there actual facts with fictions about his internal world about comming to terms with his Mexican/Irish and heritage, and being a Chicano in the 40s, 50s.
Sadly, I never seen again reprinted this book.
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