LOS ANGELES – Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Marta Nieto and Eduardo Villanueva tread the Hollywood Walk of Fame on a rainy afternoon like any other tourists, but in just days they will be leading luminaries in the 2019 Academy Awards.
“Every time you stop to think about it, this is really big, but we are specialists in looking at things objectively and taking them in stride,” Sorogoyen, director of “Madre,” a candidate for the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film, told EFE.
“I’m kind of a wet blanket about these things, so I won’t realize until the last minute how great it is,” the Spanish filmmaker said.
The days leading up to the Oscar awards ceremony are a marathon of activities for the “Madre” team.
“We’re focused on completing our agenda: we go to see such-and-such a person to sell him a project, we do interviews and so endlessly on and on. Being in Los Angeles is fine, but the Oscars will be another story. We’ll be all nerves but with huge smiles on our faces,” the filmmaker said.
Following the criticism it provoked, the Academy discarded a plan to have some of the awards, including the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film, presented during commercial breaks on Sunday night’s telecast.
“That was too bad – a crazy odd decision that went against the image of the movie industry itself. I think it’s dumb that they would eliminate categories like cinematography and editing, but I also didn’t want them to eliminate short films because that certainly wouldn’t do them any good. It was absurd to eliminate anything at all,” Sorogoyen said.
“It’s good news,” Nieto, the star of “Madre,” said of the Academy’s change of heart.
“This is a grand film festival and should represent every element. Every link must be represented. Every member of the team is essential,” she said.
Nieto recalled very affectionately being at the screening of their short in Hollywood.
“I felt a very warm and passionate reception. Something I didn’t expect at all. I grasped that here there is a real passion for the movies. I felt part of it and it made me happy,” she said.
The actress never dreamed she would be in the Oscars – that seemed like something “out of science fiction.”
“You always have an idea in your head, thanks to what you see on television, about the red carpet and the gala, but I never dreamed of being here in person. It’s so much fun, though a little stressful at times. It’s the celebration of a project we love and which is the origin of another to be created this year,” she said.
“Everybody has a favorite,” Eduardo Villanueva, one of the producers of the short, hurried to explain. “If we felt like the favorites, we’d be pretty nervous and it would be hard to manage, though what’s certain is that there is no outright favorite.”
But next Sunday, win or lose, the team will celebrate this landmark occasion with a party in Beverly Hills.