The Oscar nomination bestowed upon Demian Bechir yesterday has apparently come as something of a shock to the 48 year old Mexican actor. Bechir, who was nominated for his performance in A Better Life was humble in his response to the nomination and, in an interview with US Weekly, credited the film's director, saying "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."
Despite having worked as an actor since he was a teenager, Bechir is far from being a household name in the United States (until now, that is). He has, however, worked on a number of notable films, such as Che: Part One and Part Two as well as a recurring role in the popular TV series Weeds. Bechir will, no doubt now find himself at the centre of a Hollywood casting scrum as the Oscar nomination propels him into the spotlight. Bichir, however, simply hopes that his nomination means that more people seek out the film: "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 U.S."
Bechir's nomination as a relatively unknown actor, came as a surprise to many, especially those who expected Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling to be in with a shout. Instead, Bechir will be up against George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jean Dujardin and Gary Oldman for the award.