Madrid, 19 January 2022 – Benicio del Toro will be the recipient of the new Honorary Prize in the upcoming award ceremony of the Platino Awards, which will be held on 22 April 2023 in Madrid. The Puerto Rican actor and producer will be honoured in recognition of his acting career, which has brought him the praise of critics and the industry, reflected in numerous awards, and for his work as a representative of Ibero-American sphere worldwide.
Del Toro, who will succeed Carmen Maura as the latest recipient of the Honorary Prize of the Platino Awards, is one of the great figures of today's cinema and series, as well as one of the major Hispanic talents in Hollywood and an ambassador of the Ibero-American regions. It is no coincidence that the winner of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA award, two Independent Spirit awards, an award from the Actors Union, the Silver Bear of the Berlin Film Festival and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Festival is one of the outstanding representatives of Ibero-American cinema in major international productions.
Born in San Germán, Puerto Rico, in 1967, Benicio del Toro moved to Pennsylvania at the age of 13. After graduation, he began to study business at the University of California, in San Diego, which he decided to leave to take classes at the prestigious Stella Adler acting studio. Already in the late 1980s, Del Toro began to appear in small parts in television series, playing roles in productions such as Miami Vice and the mini-series Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.
The 1990s were especially fruitful for the actor, who would make his big-screen début with Big Top Pee-wee and appear in the credits of such high-profile productions as 007: Licence to kill, with which he would become the youngest actor to play a James Bond villain, Huevos de oro (Golden Balls) directed by Bigas Luna, The Usual Suspects directed by Bryan Singer, for which he received the Independent Spirit award, Basquiat, directed by Julian Schnabel, which garnered him his second Independent Spirit award, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, directed by Terry Gilliam.
DEL TORO, A LATIN STAR IN HOLLYWOOD
The year 2000 would see the definitive explosion in recognition of Del Toro, who worked in two of the biggest blockbusters of the season: Snatch, the popular Guy Ritchie film, and, especially, Traffic, directed by Steven Soderbergh. His role as Javier Rodriguez won him the Oscar for best supporting actor, the best actor's award of the Berlin Festival, the Golden Globe for best performance by a supporting actor and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Del Toro began the new century with a meteoric rise in Hollywood by participating in renowned productions such as Sin City, by Robert Rodríguez, or 21 Grams, the first US production directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, for which he was also nominated for an Oscar. He would work again with Steven Soderbergh in the two-part biopic that the director made on Ché Guevara, who the actor played in Ché, the Argentine, and Ché: Guerrilla, for which he won the Palme d'Or for best performances at the Cannes Film Festival.
During the 2010s, the Puerto Rican actor continued his career by combining his roles in successful blockbusters with his commitment to independent films in which he has worked with renowned directors. Accordingly, his appearances in productions such as Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Avengers: Infinity War were paralleled by his participation in films such as Escobar: Paradise Lost, directed by Andrea Di Stefano, in which he was executive producer and for which he received a nomination for the Platino Award, Inherent Vice, director: Paul Thomas Anderson, A Perfect Day, director: Fernando León de Aranoa, and Sicario, director: Denis Villeneuve.
The actor and producer would return to television in 2019 starring in Escape at Dannemora, a series which would garner him an Emmy nomination, while his latest appearance on the big screen was in The French Dispatch, directed by Wes Anderson. Del Toro will be appearing soon in Reptile on Netflix, a film directed by Grant Singer also starring Justin Timberlake, Alicia Silvestone and Frances Fisher.
TEN YEARS OF THE PLATINOS
With this award, Del Toro follows in the footsteps of Carmen Maura, who won the last Honorary Platino, winners in previous editions including such outstanding figures in Ibero-America as Diego Luna (2021), Raphael (2019), Adriana Barraza (2018), Edward James Olmos (2017), Ricardo Darín (2016), Antonio Banderas (2015) and Sonia Braga (2014). The handing over of the award to the Puerto Rican actor promises to be one of the most exciting moments of Platino Awards gala, which will be held in Madrid on 22 April.
In their tenth edition, the awards will once again celebrate the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking regions, their diversity, their cultures and their audio-visual industry. Furthermore, the Platinos, on their tenth anniversary, will begin a makeover of their corporate image with a redesign that, while respecting the original idea with which artist Javier Mariscal created the image of these awards, stylises and rounds off the shapes of the logo so that it can be used in digital environments.
The extensive media coverage of the awards (with an advertising value that exceeded 130 million dollars and more than 110,000 published news items) contributed to the presence of the best of Ibero-American culture at the awards ceremony presented by Lali Espósito and Miguel Ángel Muñoz, televised by 24 channels in 21 countries that emphasise the wide dissemination and scope of the event.
In these nine editions, the awards have celebrated the diversity of their cultures by awarding the award for Best Ibero-American Film to Argentine, Chilean, Colombian, Spanish and Mexican films, while, since its creation in its fourth edition, the award for the best series has gone to Argentina, Cuba and Spain. In animation, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Peru have been nominated; in the category best documentary, the nominees are Brazil, Chile and Spain, and in the début film category, alongside regions with larger-scale production appear countries such as Guatemala, Paraguay and Venezuela.
The Platino Awards are promoted by EGEDA (Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Entity), with FIPCA (the Ibero-American Federation of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers), and the intense collaboration with the Community of Madrid and Madrid City Council, which is reflected in an intense activity that is especially beneficial for the audio-visual industry. The Platinos are also supported by the World Tourism Organisation and the Ibero-American Motion Picture Academies and Institutes, and unite the great talents of the institutes of the 23 Ibero-American countries to extol the most outstanding productions and creators of each year with twenty-two awards and a Platino Honorary Prize.
They have been striving since their first edition in 2014 to disseminate Ibero-American audiovisual productions, so that the successes achieved in the most prestigious festivals also translate into excellent results in commercial theatres and so that our cinema and fiction series get the distribution they deserve.
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