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Mexicans Might Not Win an Oscar. But They Sure Know How to Make One

Laura Martinez


Photo: 'Hoy' Chicago

Chances are Martín Vega will not get up to the podium this Sunday to be recognized for his many Academy Awards. But the Michoacán native has his hands on a lot of these golden statuettes. Literally.

Vega is one of the many Hispanic employees at R.S. Owens & Company, the Chicago-based factory charged with making the famous Oscar statuette. In fact, according to Tribune's Hoy Chicago:

"Although Jorge Marroquín, the factory chief, is a native of Guatemala, the Oscars have a strong Mexican component, as five of the people involved in their making are of Mexican origin."
So there you have it. Don't worry if you don't see many Latinos this Sunday at the awards ceremony. If we ever feel left out, we'll just make our own Oscar.



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Richard Grabman said:

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Laura, I'm surprised you don't know that Oscar IS a Mexican: Indio Fernandez: http://mexfiles.net/2009/07/16/another-naked-mexican-guy-in-hollywood/

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