‘Black Orpheus’ ALMOST won the Oscar, but was stopped by THIS detail

O Oscarofficially called the Academy Awards, is one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry.

Organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the event celebrates excellence in cinema, recognizing the best films, directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters, and other technical and artistic categories.

The first Oscar ceremony was held in 1929 in Hollywood, and since then it has become one of the most anticipated and talked about events in the world of entertainment.

Each year, film industry professionals and fans around the world eagerly wait to discover which works and artists will be honored with the coveted golden statuette.

And there was a Brazilian film that won the Oscar, but didn’t bring home the statue! It was ‘Black Orpheus’, directed by Marcel Camus and released in 1959.

Why didn’t ‘Black Orpheus’ win the Oscar?

Since its debut, ‘Black Orpheus’ has been acclaimed as a masterpiece of Brazilian and international cinema.

However, despite its nomination and recognition at important festivals, the film never managed to bring the much-desired Oscar statuette to Brazil.

In fact, the production continues to serve as inspiration to this day, both in the audiovisual and music industry.

The singer Emicidalfor example, quotes part of a dialogue from the film in one of the tracks on the album ‘AmarElo’, released in 2019.

The Oscar was almost awarded to a Brazilian film in the 1960s – Image: Reproduction

‘Black Orpheus’ was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1960. The work is, in fact, an adaptation of the play ‘Orfeu da Conceição’ by Vinicius de Moraes.

Everything is engaging and charming, throughout the plot we follow scenes from the Rio de Janeiro carnival and social criticism. Furthermore, the soundtrack contributes to the narrative.

However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences classified the film as French, due to the nationality of its director, Marcel Camus.

Although it was filmed in Brazil and had a mostly Brazilian cast, such classification was determined by the Academy’s rules at the time, which considered the director’s nationality as the main criterion.

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This classification raised criticism and debates about the representation and recognition of Brazilian cinema on the international scene.

Many argued that the production should have been considered a Brazilian film, given its production and themes deeply rooted in Brazilian culture.

Additionally, the film’s lack of an effective lobbying and promotion strategy may have also contributed to its Oscar loss.

While other competitors invested in intense publicity and networking campaigns in the community cinematic‘Black Orpheus’ may not have received the same attention and support.