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

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The following are Hispanic-Americans (born in the United States) who have been nominated for or have won an Academy Award, along with the flag of the country of their Hispanic ancestry.

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-born parents.

Best Actress[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actress
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1999
(72nd)
Hilary Swank
 Mexico
Boys Don't Cry Won First and (to date) only American actress of Hispanic descent to won twice. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Clough (née Dominguez), was born in El Centro, California, of Mexican descent.[1]
2004
(77th)
Million Dollar Baby Won


Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1961
(34th)
Rita Moreno West Side Story Won Born in Puerto Rico.
First Hispanic actress to win an acting Academy Award.
1959
(32nd)
Susan Kohner Imitation of Life Nominated
1991
(64th)
Mercedes Ruehl The Fisher King Won Maternal grandfather was Cuban.
1993
(66th)
Rosie Perez 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/
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 Mother is of Cuban born descent

Cinematography category[edit]

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born cinematographers.

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 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 (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]

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.
1988
(61st)
Carly Simon Working Girl "Let the River Run" Won Maternal grandmother was Cuban.
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.

Effects category[edit]

Best Visual Effects[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 Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Nominee Country/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2002
(75th)
Chris Weitz
Paul Weitz
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/
Territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1983
(55th)
Gregory Nava 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dowling Family Genealogy Frances Martha DOMINGUEZ". Ancestry.com. Archived from the original on June 13, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2016.