Guillermo Rodriguez received an audience shot at the Oscars during the Best Animated Picture category when Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” won. While the winners were discussing the film’s representation of Mexicans and their culture, the producers of the Oscars decided the best audience representation at this year’s event would be host Jimmy Kimmel’s security guard from his late night show. Coco was directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina.
Guillermo is instantly recognizable by a single name. He is also the real-life Parking Lot Security Guard for Jimmy Kimmel Live, and frequently serves as its celebrity gossip correspondent in the popular segment “Guillermo’s Hollywood Round-Up.” A resident of California for more than ten years and a U.S. citizen since 2005, Guillermo Rodriguez counts among his favorite things watching soccer on TV, Mexican food, Italian food, and his two Chihuahuas Pepe and Paco.
“Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world, and this can only be done when we have a place where everyone and anyone who feels like another to be heard,” said producer Darla K. Anderson, who accepted the award with director and Pixar vet Unkrich.
“The biggest thank you of all [goes] to the people of Mexico,” said Unkrich. “Coco could not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions. With Coco, we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”
It seemed rather odd that the producers did such a blatant cut to a “token Mexican” in their audience and people on social media were quick to take notice of that decision. What did you think of the Oscars producers’ choice to cut to Guillermo during the Coco speech concerning Latino representation in film? Let us know in the comments section.
Here are some reactions on social media to the Oscars producers showing Guillermo during Coco’s win.
Best audience cut-away of the night – the shot of Kimmel’s pal Guillermo after the win for “Coco.”#Oscars
— Mickey Tennenbaum (@MickeyTBone) March 5, 2018
— cesar (@itscesaryo) March 5, 2018
Mexico is mentioned and the only Mexican in the audience is Guillermo from the Kimmel show? Lot of diversity in the audience at the Oscars!
— Rolando Gallegos (@gallegosr) March 5, 2018
When Coco wins and they keep cutting back to Guillermo, Jimmy Kimmel’s Mexican-American sidekick because sure why not. pic.twitter.com/gGI5LTxYx2
— Ramón Taylor (@ramonctaylor) March 5, 2018
Let’s cut to the only Mexican we can find…. Guillermo Jimmy Kimmel’s sidekick #RepresentationMatters
— Errick Rodriguez (@erodrox) March 5, 2018
Why does the camera keep turning to Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel during the Coco acceptance speeches?
— Diego Bernal (@DiegoBernalTX) March 5, 2018
A little bit more about Guillermo, he started working at JKL as a security guard when the show launched in 2003 and has been a show correspondent since then, making it nearly impossible for him to work security in the parking lot! Of the numerous celebrities he’s met personally, Guillermo says he’s been most excited to meet Jessica Alba, George Lopez and Jimmy Kimmel.
Recent show duties include interviewing Grammy nominees at the recent star-studded award ceremony, working with Matt Damon in the hugely popular Bourne Ultimatum movie trailer, hitting the red carpet at the Victoria Secret fashion show and appearing opposite fellow Security Guard Uncle Frank in a series of Saturday Night Live parodies titled “Security Night Live.”
In “Coco,” despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
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Author: Shawn Rice