List of Hispanic Academy Award winners and nominees

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The following are people of Hispanic descent born outside of Latin America who have been nominated for or have won an Academy Award, along with the flag of the country of their Hispanic ancestry. All people listed were born in the United States.

Acting categories[edit]

Best Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actor
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1988
(61st)
Edward James Olmos 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 parents.

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1959
(32nd)
Susan Kohner Imitation of Life Nominated Born in California to a Mexican mother.
1993
(66th)
Rosie Perez Fearless Nominated Born in New York to Puerto Rican parents.

Animated categories[edit]

Best Animated Feature[edit]

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2015
(88th)
Jonas Rivera Inside Out Won Born in California of Mexican descent.
Shared with Pete Docter.
2018

(91st)

Phil Lord  Cuba Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won Born in Miami, Florida to a Cuban-born mother.
2019

(92nd)

Jonas Rivera Toy Story 4 Pending Shared with Josh Cooley and Mark Nielsen

Best Cinematography[edit]

Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1974
(47th)
John A. Alonzo Chinatown Nominated Born in Texas of Mexican descent.
First American of Hispanic descent to be nominated for Best
Cinematography.
1977
(50th)
William A. Fraker Looking for Mr. Goodbar Nominated Born in California to a Mexico-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 (Short Subject)[edit]

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

Music categories[edit]

Lin-Manuel Miranda was nominated for Best Original Song for his song "How Far I'll Go" from Moana (2016).

Best Original Song[edit]

Academy Award for Best Original Song
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Song Status Notes Ref(s)
1983
(56th)
Irene Cara 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.
2002
(75th)
Luis Resto 8 Mile "Lose Yourself" Won Born in Michigan to Puerto Rican-born parents.
Shared with Eminem and Jeff Bass.
2016
(89th)
Lin-Manuel Miranda Moana "How Far I'll Go" Nominated Born in New York to Puerto Rican-born parents.

Best Visual Effects category[edit]

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

Screenplay categories[edit]

Best Original Screenplay[edit]

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

Shared with Anna Thomas.

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