Yet, I think there is something to be congratulated in this case. While I believe the Academy gave Demián a tap on the shoulder for all the right reasons — mainly the strength of his performance — there is an effect beyond Hollywood of which it may not be aware. I saw it on the front pages of Spanish language newspapers around the country, which greeted Demián’s nomination as a stirring validation of the humanity of the character he played and a source of great pride. And I heard it at the screening we did for the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, where 200 hard-working people, some who had traveled at the risk of being apprehended and deported, felt that they had been treated as first-class human beings rather than parasites. – CNN 02.25.2012

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