List of Mexican Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Mexican Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Mexican filmmakers, actors, actresses and films that have either been submitted, nominated or have won an Academy Award.

Best Picture[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born producers.

Academy Award for Best Picture
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2006 Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel Nominated Shared with Steve Golin and Jon Kilik
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity Nominated Shared with David Heyman

Best Actor[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born actors.

Leading[edit]

Actor
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1957 Anthony Quinn Wild Is the Wind Nominated
1964 Anthony Quinn Zorba the Greek Nominated
2011 Demián Bichir A Better Life Nominated

Supporting[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1952 Anthony Quinn Viva Zapata! Won
1956 Anthony Quinn Lust for Life Won the first (and only) Mexican-born actor to win two Oscars in the same category

Best Actress[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born actresses.

Leading[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2002 Salma Hayek Frida Nominated the first (and only) Mexican-born actress to be nominated for Best Actress & the second Mexican-Born actress to be nominated for an Academy Award

Supporting[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1954 Katy Jurado Broken Lance Nominated was first Mexican-born and Latin/Hispanic actress to be nominated for an Academy Award
2006 Adriana Barraza Babel Nominated is the third Mexican-born actress to be nominated for Academy Award
2013 Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave Won Mexican-born; also a citizen of Kenya. First Mexican to win Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Best Art Direction[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born art directors.

Academy Award for Best Art Direction
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1942 Emile Kuri Silver Queen Nominated
1949 Emile Kuri The Heiress Won
1952 Emile Kuri Carrie Nominated
1954 Emile Kuri 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Won
Emile Kuri Executive Suite Nominated
1961 Emile Kuri The Absent-Minded Professor Nominated
1964 Emile Kuri Mary Poppins Nominated
1971 Emile Kuri Bedknobs and Broomsticks Nominated
1996 Brigitte Broch Romeo + Juliet Nominated Broch is a Germany-born Mexican art director
2001 Brigitte Broch Moulin Rouge! Won
2002 Felipe Fernández del Paso Frida Nominated
2006 Eugenio Caballero Pan's Labyrinth Won Original title: El laberinto del fauno

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born cinematographers.

Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1954 Gabriel Figueroa The Night of the Iguana Nominated
1975 John A. Alonzo Chinatown Nominated first American-born Latino to be nominated for Best Cinematography
1995 Emmanuel Lubezki A Little Princess Nominated
1999 Emmanuel Lubezki Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2005 Emmanuel Lubezki The New World Nominated
Rodrigo Prieto Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2006 Emmanuel Lubezki Children of Men Nominated
Guillermo Navarro Pan's Labyrinth Won Original title: El laberinto del fauno
2011 Emmanuel Lubezki The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Emmanuel Lubezki Gravity Won

Best Director[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born directors.

Academy Award for Best Director
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2006 Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel Nominated first Mexican to be nominated for Best Director
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity Won first Mexican and first latino to win Best Director

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

This list focuses on documentaries features directed by Mexican-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Year Film Name Status Milestone
1969 The Olympics in Mexico Alberto Isaac Nominated
2001 Promises Carlos Bolado Nominated Shared with B.Z. Goldberg and Justine Shapiro

Best Documentary Short Subject[edit]

This list focuses on documentaries short subject directed by Mexican-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject
Year Film Name Status Milestone
1971 Sentinels of Silence Robert Amram Won Original title: Centinelas del silencio
this was the only time that a short film won Oscars in two categories

Best Film Editing[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born film editors.

Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2006 Alfonso Cuarón
Alex Rodriguez
Children of Men Nominated Rodriguez is a French-born Mexican editor
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity Won Shared with Mark Sanger

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican films that won or were nominated for the foreign language film award.

Best Foreign Language Film
Year Film Director Status Milestone/Notes
1960 Macario Roberto Gavaldón Nominated first Latin American film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
1961 The Important Man Ismael Rodríguez Nominated (original title: Ánimas Trujano)
1962 The Pearl of Tlayucan Luis Alcoriza Nominated (original title: Tlayucan)
1975 Letters from Marusia Miguel Littín Nominated (original title: Actas de Marusia)
2000 Love's a Bitch Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated (original title: Amores perros)
2002 The Crime of Father Amaro Carlos Carrera Nominated (original title: El crimen del Padre Amaro)
2006 Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro Nominated (original title: El laberinto del fauno)
the film was nominated for other five Academy Awards, and won three of them: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Makeup
2010 Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated second nomination for Best Foreign Language Film to a film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Best Live Action Short Film[edit]

This list focuses on live action short-films directed by Mexican-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Year Film Name Status Milestone
1971 Sentinels of Silence Robert Amram Won Original title: Centinelas del silencio
this was the only time that a short film won Oscars in two categories
1996 De tripas, corazón Antonio Urrutia Nominated

Best Makeup[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born makeup artists.

Academy Award for Best Makeup
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2002 Beatrice De Alba Frida Won

Best Sound[edit]

Mixing[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born sound mixers.

Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2006 Fernando Cámara Apocalypto Nominated
2012 José Antonio García Argo Nominated

Best Writing (Screenplay)[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born writers.

Adapted[edit]

Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2006 Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men Nominated Shared with Hawk Otsby, Timothy J. Sexton and Mark Fergus

Original[edit]

Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2002 Alfonso Cuarón
Carlos Cuarón
And Your Mother Too (Y tu mamá también) Nominated
2006 Guillermo Arriaga Babel Nominated
Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) Nominated


Best Visual Effects[edit]

Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1947 Paul Lerpae Unconquered Nominated Paul Lerpae was a Mexican born-American special effects artist.


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