Catalina Sandino Moreno

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sandino and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.
Catalina Sandino Moreno
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Sandino Moreno at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, May 2008
Born Catalina Sandino Moreno
(1981-04-19) 19 April 1981 (age 33)
Bogotá, Colombia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Catalina Sandino Moreno (born April 19, 1981) is a Colombian actress. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Maria Full of Grace (2004).

Life and career[edit]

Sandino Moreno was born in Bogotá, Colombia to a pathologist mother and a cattle breeder/veterinarian father.[1][2] She went to Saint George's School in Bogota where she graduated in 2000. Before becoming an actress, she studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Casting calls for Maria Full of Grace were conducted in both New York and Colombia where she was initially noticed for her talent at the Rubén Di Pietro acting school in Bogotá. She was then referred to a casting audition where she beat over 900 girls for the lead role. Sandino Moreno's role in this movie made her the first Colombian, the second South American, and third Hispanic actress nominated for an Academy Award.

In 2006, she played roles in Fast Food Nation and Paris, je t'aime. In 2008, she appeared alongside Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh's Che, playing the role of Aleida March de Guevara. She played the role of female Vampire Maria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.

In November 2013, it was announced she would play the title role in the forthcoming biopic Castro's Daughter, based on Alina Fernández’s autobiography of the same name.[3]

On October 20, 2014 it was announced that she would be joining the final season of Falling Skies in a recurring role as Isabella.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sandino Moreno lived with motion picture electrician David Elwell from 2002 to 2008,[citation needed] whom she met working on Maria Full of Grace. She married him on 15 April 2006 in a small ceremony held in Cartagena de Indias.[5]

In 2009, she gave birth to her first child, a boy, in New York City.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Maria Full of Grace María Álvarez Cartagena Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance
Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress - Film
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Los Angeles Film Critics Association - New Generation Award
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Premio ACE Award for Cinema - Best Actress
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
Seattle International Film Festival for Best Actress
ShoWest Award for International Star of the Year
Silver Bear Award for Best Actress - Berlin International Film Festival (tied with Charlize Theron)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Critics Circle Film Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2006 Journey to the End of the Night Angie
Paris, je t'aime Ana (Segment "Loin du 16e")
Fast Food Nation Sylvia
The Hottest State Sarah
2007 Heart of the Earth Blanca Bosco
Love in the Time of Cholera Hildebranda Sanchez
2008 Che Part One: The Argentine Aleida March de Guevara
Che Part Two: Guerrilla Aleida March de Guevara
2010 La Siguiente Estación Eva Short, executive producer
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Maria Uncredited
2012 For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada Adriana
2013 Magic Magic Barbara
Roa María de Roa
A Stranger in Paradise Jules
Medeas Christina Nashville Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2014 At the Devil's Door Leigh
Swelter Carmen
A Most Violent Year Luisa
2015 Incarnate Post-production
The Godmother Pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Bridge Alma Ruiz 9 episodes
Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actress/Television
2014 Red Band Society Eva Palacios 3 episodes
2015 Falling Skies[4] Isabella Recurring


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2004 Academy Awards Maria Full of Grace Best Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Actress Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Won
Colombian Cinema Award Best Actress Won
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Performance Won
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress - Film Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Award for New Generation Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Premios ACE Best Actress Won
Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress Won
ShoWest Award International Star of the Year Won
Berlin International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Nominated
2005 London Critics Circle Film Awards Actress of the Year Nominated
2014 Nashville Film Festival Medeas Best Actress Won
Imagen Foundation Awards The Bridge Best Supporting Actress/Television Won


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