Demián Bichir on Oscar nod: Hopefully, now you'll see the movie
January 24th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Demián Bichir on Oscar nod: Hopefully, now you'll see the movie

When Oscar season rolls around, the biggest debate often happens over who was snubbed by the Academy.

But the annual round of nominations also offers something else: A mainstream spotlight for films you might've overlooked when they were released.

Demián Bichir, who picked up an Oscar nod for best actor in Chris Weitz's "A Better Life," is hoping that's the case for their project.

"A Better Life," about an East L.A. gardener trying his hardest to set his son on the straight-and-narrow while seeking ways to offer him the titular "better life," opened in limited release in the States last June.

Thanks to his recognition from the Academy, Bichir tells CNN that he hopes this will encourage others to learn more about the story.

“I'm overwhelmed [to have] my name among those incredible actors," Bichir tells us in a statement. "This could have never happened if Chris Weitz had not been the head of this film. He is my brother and I thank him deeply."

Bichir continues, "Hopefully more and more people will jump into iTunes and Netflix to see our film. That will be the biggest reward we could get. I dedicate this nomination to those 11 million human beings who make our lives easier and better in the US.”

If you've seen "A Better Life," tell us what you thought of the film in the comments.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Beth

    It was a great movie that brought an understanding to the hardships of illegal immigrants and why they struggle.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Luis

    Its a very subtle and minimalistic performance, I have never been a fan of his work, I used to think that his comedic performances were half assed and that his drama roles were pretentious and boring , but I have to be honest, this movie and his interpretation really really made an impact on me . He totally drowns himself in this character, the way he talks, the way he moves -tired, but not defeated-, the way he cant express his feelings with words, but with subtle emotions , the way he interacts with his son. I think is a great performance, and since I watched the film, back in September, I thought that he deserved a nomination, but the fact that he plays a such impenetrable mysterious soul, in such a small film , with an unpopular topic, I thought it would be too much of a stretch , luckily for Bichir, I was wrong.

    January 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rebecca

    I am a high school teacher. Most of my students are Latino. I had them see the movie and write a review. Many of them said it was the best movie they had ever seen. They came away from it with an appreciation for the sacrifices their families endure so they can have a better life. Thank you for such a beautiful movie and beautiful performance, Mr. Birchir.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. leilani nemeroff

    Demian deserves this award! It is a fabulous movie and he was superb!

    January 25, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. JBfromNC

    This was a well-deserved nomination. Birchir's performance was one of the finest I have ever seen. When I saw the movie, I told my wife that he deserved an Oscar nomination, but did not expect one for such a "niche" film.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marisa

    He was poignant and striking. The film had me in tears of an all-too-common story. Congratulations to him! This movie is a must see!

    January 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ana

    Demián Birchir's nomination was a highlight of my morning. His performance was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. Certainly, "A Better Life" was one of those movies that took me by surprise – it was real, authentic, touching, and personal. I do hope that more people watch it. Because if they do, it is a movie that stays with you. Congrats Birchir!!

    January 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa Q

    I saw the movie and I loved it. Damien was great and his nomination is so deserving. I feel so happy for him. Best wishes to him, I hope he wins!

    January 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kristen

    Beautifull subtle perfomance, left me in tears, SEE IT.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Completely agree!!!

      January 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • marianne

      He was great in Che, loved him in Weeds and superb in this movie – so happy he got the nomination. Also very easy on the eye lol

      January 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Faye

    Reblogged this on THREADerati and commented:
    a film from a fabulous producer...Laura Greenlee

    January 24, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. moviefan

    Bichir's performance was heartbreakibng. His nomination was well deserved. He didn't 'take anyone's spot". The nomination was well deserved and certainly a better performance than George Clooney's standard performance that seems to be getting all the buzz because of his intense campaigning.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |

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