List of Hispanic Academy Award winners and nominees

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The following are people of Hispanic descent born outside of Latin America and Spain 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 Actress[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actress
Year Nominee Country 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 Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Nominee Country/
territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1947
(20th)
Thomas Gomez 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/
territory
Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1959
(32nd)
Susan Kohner Imitation of Life Nominated Born in California to a Mexican mother.
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 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.
[2]
2018

(91st)

Phil Lord  Cuba Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won Born in Miami, Florida to a Cuban-born mother. [3]
2019

(92nd)

Jonas Rivera Toy Story 4 Won 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. [4]

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.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling[edit]

Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Year Name Country/
territory
Film Status Milestone / Notes
2020 Sergio Lopez-Rivera Spain Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Pending First Hispanic person to be nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling.
Shared with Mia Neal and Jameika Wilson

Music categories[edit]

Best Original Score[edit]

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

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.
[5]
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.
2014
(87th)
Alexander Dinelaris Jr. Birdman Won Born in New York to a mother of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent.
First American of Hispanic descent to win for Best Screenplay. Shared with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, and Armando Bó.
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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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The 88th Academy Awards (2016) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Archived from the original on January 25, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The 91st Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 22 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "The 58th Academy Awards (1986) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards (2003) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "The 87th Academy Awards (2015) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on March 10, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Dinelaris, Alexander [@alexdinelaris] (5 March 2015). "While I very much love the Greek people and culture I am not Greek. My father's side is Armenian, my Mother's is Cuban/Puerto Rican #Birdman" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 February 2020 – via Twitter.