1. The Oscar statues that will be handed out on Sunday, were inspired by an unlikely figure in history. A Mexican man who fled Mexico was recommended to be the nude model Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s art director needed.
2. Emilio Fernandez came to Los Angeles after a failed Mexican revolution in 1924. He was a screenwriter, actor and director, who befriended the actress Dolores del Rio. She was married to art director Cedric Gibbons, who designed the statue.
4. Additionally, only 2% of academy voters are Latino. Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, who is Mexican, hopes to change the numbers this year with best picture, best director and best film editing nods.