With the Golden Globes and Academy Awards happening within the next two months, controversy over both awards bodies continued ignorance of films outside the U.S. blockbusters rages on. Thankfully, the Cinema Tropical Awards are here to widen the pool for accolades, announcing their Latin American shortlist as well as their nominees for Best U.S. Latino Film. For the last nine years, Cinema Tropical has offered the only US-based awards to promote and honor the work of Latin American cinema. This year’s crop of U.S. Latino films is wonderful, spotlighting several features that have gone wholly unrecognized by bigger groups, particularly Carlos López Estrada’s searing examination of race relations in Oakland, Blindspotting, as well as the Rudy Valdez-directed documentary The Sentence. For the Latin American awards, a list of 25 movies will compete for categories such as: Best Film, Best Director, and Best First Film. See them all below.
This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York on January 10. The winning films will be screened as part of a showcase alongside other Cinema Tropical Award winners at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, February 1–3.
Nominees for Best U.S. Latino Film
Anthony Ramos and John David Washington appear in Monsters and Men by Reinaldo Marcus Green, an official selection of 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Photo by Alystyre Julian. Courtesy of Sundance Institute