La Cordillera, La Librería, Últimos días en La Habana,  Una mujer fantástica and Zama  nominated for Best Feature Film at the  5th Annual Premios Platino of Ibero-American 

 Antonia Zegers, Daniela Vega, Emma Suárez, Maribel Verdú and Sofía Gala,
nominated in Best Actress category.
Alfredo Castro, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Javier Bardem, Javier Gutiérrez and Jorge Martínez,
nominated in Best Actor category.
El Maestro, El Ministerio del Tiempo, Las chicas del cable, Un gallo para Esculapio and Velvet Colecciónare nominated for Best Ibero-American Mini-Series or TV series.
Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, winner of the PLATINO Award for Best Actor in 2014, will host the 5thPLATINO Awards on April 29 at the Teatro Gran Tlachco in Xcaret (Riviera Maya, Mexico). 
La CordilleraLa Librería,Últimos días en La HabanaUna mujer fantásticaand Zamahave been nominated for Best Ibero-American Feature Film. Adrián Lastra, Eugenio Derbez, Jackie Cruz and Martha Higareda announced all the nominations for the 17 categories at a ceremony held at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles this morning.
Directors Alex de la Iglesia (Perfectos Desconocidos), Fernando Pérez (Últimos días en La Habana), Isabel Coixet (La Librería), Lucrecia Martel (Zama) and Sebastián Lelio (Una mujer fantástica)will vie for the PLATINO Award for Best Director, while up-and-coming filmmakersCecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato (La novia del desierto), Carla Simón (Verano 1993), Claudia Huaiquimilla (Mala Junta), Javier Ambrossi, Javier Calvo (La Llamada), Natalia Santa (La defensa del dragón)and Patricia Ramos (El Techo)were nominated for the Best Ibero-American Feature Film Debut.
Alfredo Castro (Los Perros), Daniel Giménez Cacho (Zama), Javier Bardem (Loving Pablo), Javier Gutiérrez (El Autor) and Jorge Martínez (Últimos días en La Habana)are the final nominees for Best Actor. Antonia Zegers (Los Perros), Daniela Vega (Una mujer fantástica), Emma Suárez (Las hijas de Abril), Maribel Verdú (Abracadabra) and Sofía Gala (Alanis)are in the running for the PLATINO Award for Best Actress.
The movies Deep,El libro de LilaHistoria antes de uma historiaLino – Uma aventura de sete vidasand Tadeo Jones 2: El Secreto del Rey Midasare nominated for the PLATINO Award for Best Animated Film, while nominees Dancing BeethovenEjercicios de memoria,El Pacto de AdrianaLos niñosand Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo are up for the PLATINO Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.
In the TV category, El Maestro, El Ministerio del Tiempo, Las chicas del cable, Un gallo para Esculapio andVelvet Colecciónare nominated for the PLATINO Award for Best Ibero-American Mini-Series or TV Series.Asier Etxeandía (Velvet Colección), Julio Andrade (Um contra todos), Julio Chávez (El Maestro), Luis Brandoni (Un gallo para Esculapio) and Peter Lanzani (Un gallo para Esculapio)are up for Best Male Performance in a Mini-Series or TV Series; and Aura Garrido (El Ministerio del Tiempo), Kate Del Castillo (Ingobernable), Blanca Suárez (Las chicas del cable), Giannina Fruttero (Ramona) and Marta Hazas (Velvet Colecciónare up for Best Female Performance.
The PLATINO Awards are distinguished by its Best Educational Values in a Feature Film award category, a major PLATINO cornerstone. The 2018 nominees are Como nossos paisHandiaLa Mujer del AnimalMala JuntaUna Mujer Fantástica.
During today’s press conference, the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) was bestowed with a Premio Platino for their contribution to Ibero-American Cinema. AMPAS president John Bailey was honored to receive this award.
“We need look no further than this year’s Academy Award for the Chilean film “Una Mujer Fantastica” starring Daniela Vega and directed by Sebastian Lelio to understand the growing importance of Ibero-American cinema on the world stage,” said John Bailey. He continued,“Los Tres Amigos” from Mexico, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Inarritu, and Alfonso Cuaron continue to be leaders in the Hollywood mainstream, as well as international cinema ambassadors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On a more personal level, I am honored to have worked with and be friends with the extraordinary actor/ director from Mexico, Eugenio Derbez.”
The nomination event was moderated by Premios PLATINOS ambassador Juan Carlos Arciniegas and was celebrated by talent such as Edward James Olmos, Luis Fernández, Mimí Lazo, Patricia Maya, and Reynaldo Pacheco amongst others.
EUGENIO DERBEZ, HOST OF THE PLATINO AWARDS CEREMONY IN XCARET ON APRIL 29
After his outstanding performance as a presenter at the recent Academy Awards, Eugenio Derbez, one of the most internationally renowned and multi-faceted males in the Mexican audiovisual industry (actor, director, producer and screenwriter), will host the awards ceremony that will be held on April 29 at the Teatro Gran Tlachco in Xcaret (Riviera Maya, Mexico).
The event will take place at a stunning venue worthy of an awards ceremony that showcases Ibero-American cinema to the world. The Xcaret group has said that their goal is to be “a window into Mexico, which tirelessly presents the best of our history, cuisine, music, nature, and cultural expressions; but, above all, the immense hospitality of the Mexican people”.
An event of these characteristics represents a clear benefit to the economy of the country that hosts the awards, which is why Riviera Maya has made a strong commitment to the PLATINOS. “Given that tourism is culture, economy and society, whenever we support culture, like we’re doing now, we demonstrate tourism’s capacity to be a transforming power for people,” says Marisol Vanegas, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo.
Premios Platino of Ibero_American Cinema, promoted by EGEDA (a Spanish organization that protects the rights of audiovisual producers), FIPCA (Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers), and with the support of Ibero-American film academies and institutes and the AISGE Foundation, has worked to promote and share Ibero-American films since the first awards ceremony in 2014, as well as to ensure that success at the world’s most prestigious festivals also translate into excellent results in movie theaters and that our films get the distribution that they deserve.
Adrian Lastra, Martha Higareda, Eugenio Derbez and Jackie Cruz poses for a picture during the nominations of the 5th Annual Premios Platino of the Iberoamerican Cinema on Tuesday 13 March 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Armando Arorizo
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