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The Spanish Sergio López-Rivera wins the Oscar for best makeup

Los Angeles (USA) / The Spanish Sergio López-Rivera won the Oscar for best makeup for his work on the film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the 93rd Academy Awards in Hollywood.

López-Rivera took the stage to collect the award but gave the floor to his companions, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, who became the first women of color to win this award in the history of the awards.

“It seems unbelievable, but we have decided that it is an important moment to make it visible”, explained the Cantabrian in an interview with EFE a few days before the ceremony.

After knowing the result, López-Rivera assured in a virtual press conference that he hopes that one day that circumstance won’t be a notable milestone and that questions about diversity in Hollywood will not be necessary.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, winner also at the Bafta

López-Rivera and the rest of the makeup team from “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” have also triumphed at the Baftas and the makeup artists union awards.

If this almost theatrical film has stood out for something, it is because of its setting in Chicago in 1927, the scene from which the rehearsals of the African-American singer Ma Rainey, known as the ‘Mother of Blues’, are portrayed, one of the first artists to record his music accompanied by an orchestra.

When the role came to its protagonist, Viola Davis (also nominated for best actress), the interpreter did not hesitate to contact López-Rivera to entrust him with the challenge of recreating the appearance of a woman who was only portrayed in seven photographs, only one of them in close-up.

“She is not afraid of anything, she is an actress without any vanity, normally you have to protect the vanity of the actors, but she gave me permission to do what she had in mind, I understood the permission she was giving me and today I am here for that decision. She did not care about being fat, sweating … “, the makeup artist told the media after her arrival on the red carpet.

López-Rivera and Davis have already collaborated on the series “How to defend a murderer” (2014-2020) and has linked her future professional career to it in three projects, one of which will deal with former first lady Michelle Obama.

The Cantabrian arrived in Los Angeles at the age of 19 and she chained various jobs for several years until he became a professional in the audiovisual industry.

“They have written to me a lot these days and that has made me think about the past. It’s a bit surreal to think that I am right now. It is difficult to fit in, but my arrival was that of a boy without fear, with a tremendous desire to be here. I made a living as best I could, I worked in an ice cream parlor, a dry cleaner, I’ve been a driver… I did everything,” he recalled. (April 26, 2021, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
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un español ha estado a punto de ganar este año un Óscar.
B
un español gana por segunda vez consecutiva un Óscar.
C
un español ha ganado este año un Óscar.
Question 2
¿En qué categoría ha ganado Sergio López-Rivera ese Óscar?
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En mejor dirección.
B
En mejor maquillaje.
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En mejor actor secundario.
Question 3
Leyendo el texto entendemos que...
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"La madre del blues" trata de una cantante afroamericana.
B
fue López-Rivera el que contactó con Davis para participar en ese filme.
C
Viola Davis pidió a López-Rivera salir muy guapa en cada escena de ese filme.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
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hay miles de fotografías de esa cantante afroamericana.
B
López-Rivera tuvo que recrear el aspecto de una cantante afroamericana.
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hasta ahora, "La madre del blues" no había ganado ningún premio.
Question 5
Sobre López-Rivera se dice que...
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no es la primera vez que colabora con Davis.
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siempre ha tenido trabajos que han estado relacionados con la industria del cine.
C
nació en Los Ángeles hace 19 años.
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Un sinónimo de "triunfar" es...
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ganar.
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perder.
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empatar.
Question 7
Algo "te da igual" cuando...
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te es indiferente o no te importa.
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no te es indiferente.
C
quieres que algo se haga de una forma determinada.
Question 8
Un "galardón" es...
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una invitación.
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un premio.
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una película.
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