List of Hispanic-American (U.S.) Academy Award winners and nominees

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The following are the Hispanic-Americans (born in the continental United States) that have been nominated or have won an Academy Award:

Acting categories[edit]

Best Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actor
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1988
(61st)
Edward James Olmos
Mexico
Stand and Deliver Nominated First and (to date) only American actor of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Actor.
Born in California to Mexican-born parents.

Best Supporting Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1947
(20th)
Thomas Gomez
Spain
Ride the Pink Horse Nominated First and (to date) only American actor of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Born in New York to Spanish-born parents.

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1959
(32nd)
Susan Kohner
Mexico
Imitation of Life Nominated First American actress of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Born in California to a Mexican-born mother.
1991
(64th)
Mercedes Ruehl
Cuba
The Fisher King Won First American actress of Hispanic descent to win Best Supporting Actress.
Maternal grandfather was Cuban.
1993
(66th)
Rosie Perez
Puerto Rico
Fearless Nominated Born in New York to Puerto Rican-born parents.

Animated categories[edit]

Best Animated Feature[edit]

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2015
(88th)
Jonas Rivera
Mexico
Inside Out Won Born in California of Mexican descent.
Shared with Pete Docter.

Cinematography category[edit]

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born cinematographers.

Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1974
(47th)
John A. Alonzo
Mexico
Chinatown Nominated Born in Texas of Mexican descent.
First American of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Cinematography.
1977
(50th)
William A. Fraker
Mexico
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Nominated Born in California to a Mexican-born mother.
First American of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Cinematography.
1978
(51st)
Heaven Can Wait Nominated First American of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Cinematography more than once.
1979
(52nd)
1941 Nominated First American of Hispanic descent to earn three consecutive nominations for Best Cinematography.
1983
(56th)
WarGames Nominated
1985
(58th)
Murphy's Romance Nominated First and (to date) only American of Hispanic descent to be earn five Best Cinematography nominations.

Documentary categories[edit]

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1985
(58th)
Lourdes Portillo
Mexico
The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Nominated Mexican-born American filmmaker.

Best Documentary (Short Subject)[edit]

Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1977
(50th)
Moctesuma Esparza
Mexico
Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country Nominated Born in California to Mexican-born parents.

Music categories[edit]

Best Original Song[edit]

Academy Award for Best Original Song
Year Nominee Country Film Song Status Notes Ref(s)
1983
(56th)
Irene Cara
Puerto Rico/Cuba
Flashdance "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Won First Hispanic/Latino American songwriter to win Best Original Song.
Born in New York to a Puerto Rican-born father and a Cuban-American mother.
Shared with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey.
1988
(61st)
Carly Simon
Spain/Cuba
Working Girl "Let the River Run" Won Maternal grandmother was born in Cuba to Spanish parents.
2002
(75th)
Luis Resto
Puerto Rico
8 Mile "Lose Yourself" Won Born in Michigan to Puerto Rican-born parents.
Shared with Eminem and Jeff Bass.
2016
(89th)
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Puerto Rico
Moana "How Far I'll Go" Nominated Born in New York to Puerto Rican-born parents.

Best Original Score[edit]

Academy Award for Best Original Score
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1944
(17th)
Carmen Dragon
Spain
Cover Girl Won The category was Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Born in California of Spanish descent.
Shared with Morris Stoloff.

Effects category[edit]

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1979
(52nd)
William A. Fraker
Mexico
1941 Nominated Born in California to a Mexican-born mother.
Shared with A. D. Flowers and Greg Jein.

Screenplay categories[edit]

Best Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2002
(75th)
Chris Weitz
Paul Weitz
Mexico
About a Boy Nominated Grandsons of Mexican-born actress Lupita Tovar.
Shared with Peter Hedges.
First Americans of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Best Original Screenplay[edit]

Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1983
(55th)
Gregory Nava
Mexico/Spain
El Norte Nominated Born in California to a Mexican-American father and a Basque-American mother.
First American of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original).

See also[edit]