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:

Best Actor – Leading Role[edit]

Actor
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1988 Edward James Olmos Mexico Stand and Deliver Nominated First and only Hispanic-American to be nominated for Best Actor


Best Actor – Supporting Role[edit]

Supporting Actor
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1947 Thomas Gomez Spain Ride the Pink Horse Nominated First Hispanic-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
2000 Benicio Del Toro Puerto Rico Traffic Won First Hispanic-American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. First and only actor to win for a Spanish speaking role.
2003 21 Grams Nominated First Hispanic-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice.

Best Actress – Supporting Role[edit]

Supporting Actress
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1959 Susan Kohner Mexico Imitation of Life Nominated First Hispanic-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress
1961 Rita Moreno Puerto Rico West Side Story Won First Hispanic-American to win an Academy Award
1991 Mercedes Ruehl Cuba The Fisher King Won The first Cuban-American actress to win an Academy Award (her maternal grandfather was Cuban)
1993 Rosie Perez Puerto Rico Fearless Nominated

Best Animated Feature Film[edit]

Animated Feature
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
2015 Jonas Rivera Mexico Inside Out Won Shared with Pete Docter

Best Original Screenplay[edit]

Original Screenplay
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1983 Gregory Nava Mexico El Norte Nominated

Best Original Song[edit]

Song
Year Name Country Film Song Status Milestone/Notes
1983 Irene Cara Puerto Rico/Cuba Flashdance "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Won First Hispanic/Latino American songwriter to win Best Original Song. Cara is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent.
Shared with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey.
1988 Carly Simon Spain Working Girl "Let the River Run" Won
2002 Luis Resto Puerto Rico 8 Mile "Lose Yourself" Won Shared with Eminem and Jeff Bass.
2016 Lin-Manuel Miranda Puerto Rico Moana "How Far I'll Go" Nominated Puerto Rican descent

Best Music — Score[edit]

Score
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1944 Carmen Dragon Spain Cover Girl Won Dragon was of Spanish descent. The category was Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. Shared with Morris Stoloff.
1970 Bill Melendez Mexico A Boy Named Charlie Brown Nominated The category was Best Music, Original Song Score. Shared with Rod McKuen, John Scott Trotter, Alan Shean, and Vince Guaraldi.