List of Latin American Academy Award winners and nominees

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A list of Latin American Academy Award winners and nominees appears below. This account does not include individuals born in the continental United States, and is current as of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 4, 2018.

Best Actor[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born actors.

Leading[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actor
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1950
(23rd)
José Ferrer
Puerto Rico
Cyrano de Bergerac Won First Latino and Hispanic actor to win an acting Academy Award.
First Latino and Hispanic actor to be nominated more than once.
1952
(25th)
Moulin Rouge Nominated
1957
(30th)
Anthony Quinn
Mexico
Wild Is the Wind Nominated
1964
(37th)
Zorba the Greek Nominated
2011
(84th)
Demián Bichir
Mexico
A Better Life Nominated

Supporting[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1948
(21st)
José Ferrer
Puerto Rico
Joan of Arc Nominated First Latino and Hispanic actor to be nominated for an acting Academy Award.
1952
(25th)
Anthony Quinn
Mexico
Viva Zapata! Won First Mexican-born actor to win an Academy Award.
1956
(29th)
Lust for Life Won First Mexican-born actor, and Hispanic/Latino, to win two Academy Awards in the same category.
1990
(63rd)
Andy García
Cuba
The Godfather Part III Nominated First Cuban-born actor to be nominated for an acting Academy Award.
2000
(73rd)
Benicio del Toro
Puerto Rico
Traffic Won First and only actor to win for a Spanish-speaking role
2003
(75th)
21 Grams Nominated

Best Actress[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born actress.

Leading[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actress
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1998
(71st)
Fernanda Montenegro
Brazil
Central Station Nominated First Brazilian-born actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.
First Latin American to be nominated for Best Actress.
First actress to be nominated for a Portuguese-speaking role..
2002
(75th)
Salma Hayek
Mexico
Frida Nominated First Mexican-born actress to be nominated for Best Actress.
2004
(77th)
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Colombia
Maria Full of Grace Nominated First Colombian-born actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.
First actress to be nominated for a Spanish-speaking role.

Supporting[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1954
(27th)
Katy Jurado
Mexico
Broken Lance Nominated First Mexican-born actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.
First Latina and Hispanic actress to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
1961
(34th)
Rita Moreno
Puerto Rico
West Side Story Won First Puerto Rican-born actress to win an Academy Award.
First Latina and Hispanic actress to win Best Supporting Actress.
1987
(60th)
Norma Aleandro
Argentina
Gaby: A True Story Nominated First Argentine-born actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.
2006
(79th)
Adriana Barraza
Mexico
Babel Nominated
2011
(84th)
Bérénice Bejo
Argentina
The Artist Nominated Argentine-born French actress.
2013
(86th)
Lupita Nyong'o
Mexico
12 Years a Slave Won First Mexican-born actress to win an Academy Award.
Mexican-born Kenyan actress.

Best Art Direction[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born art directors.

Art Direction
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1942 Emile Kuri Mexico Silver Queen Nominated Nominated with Ralph Berger.
1949 Emile Kuri Mexico The Heiress Won Nominated with Harry Horner and John Meehan.
1952 Emile Kuri Mexico Carrie Nominated Nominated with Roland Anderson and Hal Pereira.
1954 Emile Kuri Mexico 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Won Nominated with John Meehan.
Executive Suite Nominated Nominated with Edward Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons and Edwin B. Willis.
1961 Emile Kuri Mexico The Absent-Minded Professor Nominated Nominated with Carroll Clark and Hal Gausman.
1964 Emile Kuri Mexico Mary Poppins Nominated Nominated with Carroll Clark, Hal Gausman and William H. Tuntke.
1971 Emile Kuri Mexico Bedknobs and Broomsticks Nominated Nominated with Peter Ellenshaw, Hal Gausman and John B. Mansbridge.
1995 Eugenio Zanetti Argentina Restoration Won
1996 Brigitte Broch Mexico Romeo + Juliet Nominated Broch is a Germany-born Mexican art director.
1998 Eugenio Zanetti Argentina What Dreams May Come Nominated Nominated with Cindy Carr.
2001 Brigitte Broch Mexico Moulin Rouge! Won Nominated with Catherine Martin.
2002 Felipe Fernández del Paso
Hania Robledo
Mexico Frida Nominated
2006 Eugenio Caballero Mexico Pan's Labyrinth Won (original title: El laberinto del fauno)
Nominated with Pilar Revuelta.

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born cinematographers.

Cinematography
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1964 Gabriel Figueroa Mexico The Night of the Iguana Nominated The Academy Award category was "Best Cinematography – Black-and-White".
1995 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico A Little Princess Nominated
1999 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2003 César Charlone Brazil City of God Nominated César Charlone is an Uruguayan-born Brazilian director.
2005 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico The New World Nominated
Rodrigo Prieto Mexico Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2006 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico Children of Men Nominated
Guillermo Navarro Mexico Pan's Labyrinth Won First Latin American and Mexican cinematographer to win an Academy Award. (original title: El laberinto del fauno)
2008 Claudio Miranda Chile The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2011 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico The Tree of Life Nominated
2012 Claudio Miranda Chile Life of Pi Won
2013 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico Gravity Won
2014 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico Birdman Won First Latin American cinematographer to win consecutive Academy Awards.
2015 Emmanuel Lubezki Mexico The Revenant Won First Latin American cinematographer to win three Academy Awards.
2016 Rodrigo Prieto Mexico Silence Nominated

Best Director[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born directors.

Academy Award for Best Director
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1985
(58th)
Héctor Babenco
Argentina/Brazil
Kiss of the Spider Woman Nominated Argentine-born Brazilian director.
First Latino and Hispanic to be nominated for Best Director.
2003
(76th)
Fernando Meirelles
Brazil
City of God Nominated
2006
(79th)
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Mexico
Babel Nominated First Mexican-born director to be nominated for Best Director.
2013
(86th)
Alfonso Cuarón
Mexico
Gravity Won First Mexican-born director and first Latino/Hispanic to win Best Director.
2014
(87th)
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Mexico
Birdman Won First Latino and Hispanic director to be nominated for Best Director more than once.
2015
(88th)
The Revenant Won First Latino and Hispanic director to win Best Director more than once.
2017
(90th)
Guillermo del Toro
Mexico
The Shape of Water Won

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

This list focuses on documentary features directed by Latin American-born filmmakers.

Best Documentary Feature
Year Film Country Director Status Milestone/Notes
1957 Torero! Mexico Manuel Barbachano Ponce Nominated Producer Manuel Barbachano Ponce was nominated instead of director Carlos Velo, also Mexican.
1969 The Olympics in Mexico Mexico Alberto Isaac Nominated The Organizing Committee of the XIX Summer Olympic Games was nominated, and not Isaac.
1981 El Salvador: Another Vietnam Brazil
United States
Tetê Vasconcellos
Glenn Silber
Nominated Shared with Glenn Silber
1985 The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Argentina
Mexico
Susana Blaustein Muñoz
Lourdes Portillo
Nominated
2001 Promises Mexico
South Africa
United States
Carlos Bolado
Justine Shapiro
B.Z. Goldberg
Nominated Bolado's partners, Shapiro and Goldberg, were nominated, and not him.
2010 Waste Land Brazil
Brazil
United Kingdom
João Jardim
Karen Harley
Lucy Walker
Nominated João and Karen's partners, Walker and producer Angus Aynsley, were nominated, and not them.
2014 The Salt of the Earth Brazil
Germany
Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Wim Wenders
Nominated Shared with Wenders and producer David Rosier

Best Documentary Short Subject[edit]

This list focuses on documentary short subject directed by Latin American-born filmmakers.

Best Documentary Short Subject
Year Film Country Director Status Milestone/Notes
1971 Sentinels of Silence Mexico Manuel Arango Won This was the only time that a short film won the Academy Award in two categories, having also won for Best Short Subject.
1980 Luther Metke at 94 Argentina Jorge Preloran Nominated Shared with producer Richard Hawkins
2007 The Crown Colombia
Colombia
Amanda Micheli
Isabel Vega
Nominated
2014 The Reaper Nicaragua Gabriel Serra Argüello Nominated

Best Film Editing[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born film editors.

Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2003
(76th)
Daniel Rezende
Brazil
City of God Nominated First Brazilian-born and Latino editor to be nominated for Best Film Editing.
2006
(79th)
Alfonso Cuarón
Álex Rodríguez
Mexico
Children of Men Nominated First Mexican editors to be nominated.
French-born Mexican editor (Rodríguez).
2013
(86th)
Alfonso Cuarón
Mexico
Gravity Won First Mexican-born editor to win Best Film Editing.
Shared with Mark Sanger.

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

This list focuses on films produced in Latin America.

Best Foreign Language Film
Year Film Country Director Status Milestone/Notes
1960 Macario Mexico Roberto Gavaldón Nominated First Latin American film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
1961 The Important Man Mexico Ismael Rodríguez Nominated (original title: Ánimas Trujano)
1962 Keeper of Promises Brazil Anselmo Duarte Nominated (original title: O Pagador de Promessas)
The Pearl of Tlayucan Mexico Luis Alcoriza Nominated (original title: Tlayucan)
1974 The Truce Argentina Sergio Renán Nominated (original title: La tregua)
1975 Letters from Marusia Mexico Miguel Littín Nominated (original title: Actas de Marusia)
1982 Alsino and the Condor Nicaragua Miguel Littín Nominated (original title: Alsino y el Cóndor)
Second nomination for Best Foreign Language Film to a film directed by Miguel Littín.
Only Latin American Director to receive nominations for films directed in two different countries.
1984 Camila Argentina María Luisa Bemberg Nominated First nomination for Best Foreign Language Film to a film directed by a Latin American woman director.
1985 The Official Story Argentina Luis Puenzo Won (original title: La historia oficial)
First Latin American film to win for Best Foreign Language Film.
The film was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
1989 Santiago, the Story of his New Life Puerto Rico Jacobo Morales Nominated (original title: Lo que le pasó a Santiago)
1992 A Place in the World Uruguay Adolfo Aristarain Nominated (original title: Un lugar en el mundo)
After nominations were announced, information came to light that showed that the film was wholly produced in Argentina, and had insufficient Uruguayan artistic control. The film was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot.
1994 Strawberry and Chocolate Cuba Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío Nominated (original title: Fresa y chocolate)
First and only Cuban film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
1995 O Quatrilho Brazil Fábio Barreto Nominated Second Brazilian film nominated to the award in over 30 years.
1997 Four Days in September Brazil Bruno Barreto Nominated (original title: O Que É Isso Companheiro?)
1998 Central Station Brazil Walter Salles Nominated (original title: Central do Brasil)
The film was also nominated for Best Actress.
Tango Argentina Carlos Saura Nominated (original title: Tango, no me dejes nunca)
2000 Love's a Bitch Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated (original title: Amores perros)
2001 Son of the Bride Argentina Juan José Campanella Nominated (original title: El hijo de la novia)
2002 The Crime of Father Amaro Mexico Carlos Carrera Nominated (original title: El crimen del Padre Amaro)
2006 Pan's Labyrinth Mexico Guillermo del Toro Nominated (original title: El laberinto del fauno)
The film was nominated for other five Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Makeup, and won the last three of them.
2009 The Milk of Sorrow Peru Claudia Llosa Nominated (original title: La teta asustada)
First, and only, Peruvian Film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Secret in Their Eyes Argentina Juan José Campanella Won (original title: El secreto de sus ojos)
Second nomination for Best Foreign Language Film to a film directed by Juan José Campanella, and first to win. Second Argentine, and Latin American, film to win for Best Foreign Language Film.
2010 Biutiful Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated Second nomination for Best Foreign Language Film to a film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
The film was also nominated for Best Actor.
2012 No Chile Pablo Larraín Nominated First Chilean Film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
2014 Wild Tales Argentina Damián Szifrón Nominated (original title: Relatos Salvajes)
2015 Embrace of the Serpent Colombia Ciro Guerra Nominated (original title: El abrazo de la serpiente)
First Colombian film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
2017 A Fantastic Woman Chile Sebastián Lelio Won (original title: Una Mujer Fantástica)
First Chilean Film to win the Best Foreign Language Film award.

Best Animated Feature[edit]

This list focuses on animated feature directed by Latin American-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2015
(88th)
Alê Abreu
Brazil
Boy and the World Nominated First Lain American film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature.
2017
(90th)
Carlos Saldanha
Brazil
Ferdinand Nominated

Best Live Action Short Film[edit]

This list focuses on live action short films directed/produced by Latin American-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1971
(44th)
Robert Amram
Mexico
Sentinels of Silence Won First and only time a short film won Academy Awards in two different categories.
1976
(49th)
André Gutffreund
El Salvador
In the Region of Ice Won Shared with director Peter Werner.
1996
(69th)
Antonio Urrutia
Mexico
De tripas, corazón Nominated
2001
(74th)
Paulo Machline
Brazil
Uma História de Futebol Nominated

Best Animated Short Film[edit]

This list focuses on animated short films directed by Latin American-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2003
(76th)
Carlos Saldanha
Brazil
Gone Nutty Nominated First Animated Short Film directed by a Latin American director to receive an Academy Award nomination.
2015
(88th)
Pato Escala Pierart
Gabriel Osorio Vargas
Chile
Bear Story Won First Latin American Animated Short to be nominated for and win an Academy Award.

Best Makeup[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born makeup artists.

Academy Award for Best Makeup
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2002
(75th)
Beatrice De Alba
Mexico
Frida Won First Mexican-born makeup artist to be nominated for and win Best Makeup.
Shared with John E. Jackson.
2008
(81st)
Mike Elizalde
Mexico
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Nominated

Best Music – Original Score[edit]

This list focuses on scores by Latin American-born composers.

Original Score
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1966 Luis Bacalov Argentina The Gospel According to St. Matthew Nominated (original title: Il Vangelo secondo Matteo)
1967 Lalo Schifrin Argentina Cool Hand Luke Nominated
1968 Lalo Schifrin Argentina The Fox Nominated The Academy Award category was "Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical)".
1970 Herbert W. Spencer Chile
United States
Scrooge Nominated The Academy Award category was "Best Music, Original Song Score". Shared nomination with English-born Leslie Bricusse and Ian Fraser.
1973 Herbert W. Spencer Chile
United States
Jesus Christ Superstar Nominated The Academy Award category was "Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation". Shared nomination with English-born Andrew Lloyd Webber and German-American André Previn.
1976 Lalo Schifrin Argentina Voyage of the Damned Nominated
1979 Lalo Schifrin Argentina The Amityville Horror Nominated
1983 Lalo Schifrin Argentina The Sting II Nominated The Academy Award category was "Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score".
1985 Jorge Calandrelli Argentina The Color Purple Nominated Nominated with eleven other composers.
1995 Luis Bacalov Argentina The Postman Won (original title: Il Postino). The Academy Award category was "Best Music, Original Dramatic Score".
2005 Gustavo Santaolalla Argentina Brokeback Mountain Won
2006 Gustavo Santaolalla Argentina Babel Won Fourth composer to win two years in a row.

Best Music – Original Song[edit]

This list focuses on songs by Latin American-born composers and/or lyricists.

Original Song
Year Name Country Film Song Status Milestone/Notes
1945 Ary Barroso Brazil Brazil "Rio de Janeiro" Nominated First Brazilian and Latin-American songwriter to be nominated.
Nominated with American Ned Washington.
1981 Lalo Schifrin Argentina The Competition "People Alone" Nominated First Argentinean to be nominated.
Nominated with American Will Jennings.
2000 Jorge Calandrelli Argentina Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon "A Love Before Time" Nominated (original title: Wo hu cang long)
Nominated with Chinese Tan Dun and American James Schamus.
2004 Jorge Drexler Uruguay The Motorcycle Diaries "Al otro lado del río" Won (original title: Diarios de motocicleta)
First Uruguayan to be nominated and win an Academy Award.
2011 Sergio Mendes
Carlinhos Brown
Brazil Rio "Real in Rio" Nominated First two Brazilian songwriters to be nominated together.
Brown is the first black Latin songwriter to be nominated.
Nominated with American Siedah Garrett.

Best Picture[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born producers.

Picture
Year Film Country Producer Status Milestone
1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman Brazil Nominated First Latin-American and Brazilian film nominated for the Best Picture. Producer David Weisman was the only Academy Award nominee, but there were many associate producers from Latin-American background
2006 Babel Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated
2013 Gravity Mexico Alfonso Cuarón Nominated Gravity is an American-British film, produced by Mexican Alfonso Cuarón and Englishman David Heyman.
2014 Birdman Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu Won Birdman is an American movie, produced by Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu and Americans John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.
2015 The Revenant Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated The Revenant is an American film produced by Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu; Americans Steve Golin, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon; and Israeli Arnon Milchan.
2017 The Shape of Water Mexico Guillermo del Toro Won The Shape of Water is an American film produced by Mexican Guillermo del Toro and American J. Miles Dale.

Best Sound or Sound Mixing[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born sound engineers.

Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2006
(79th)
Fernando Cámara
Mexico
Apocalypto Nominated First Mexican-born and Latino/Hispanic to be nominated for Best Sound Mixing.
2012
(85th)
José Antonio Garcia
Mexico
Argo Nominated Shared with John T. Reitz and Gregg Rudloff.

Best Sound Editing[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born sond editors.

Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2014
(87th)
Martin Hernández
Mexico
Birdman Nominated Shared with Aaron Glascock.
2015
(88th)
The Revenant Nominated Shared with Lon Bender.

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Best Visual Effects
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1947 Paul Lerpae Mexico Unconquered Nominated Nomination shared with Farciot Edouart, Devereaux Jennings, Gordon Jennings, Wallace Kelley and George Dutton
2002 Pablo Helman Argentina Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Nominated Nomination shared with Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
2005 Pablo Helman Argentina War of the Worlds Nominated Nomination shared with Randal M. Dutra, Dennis Muren and Daniel Sudick

Best Adapted Screenplay[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born screenplay writers.

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2003
(76th)
Bráulio Mantovani
Brazil
City of God Nominated First Brazilian-born screenwriter to be nominated for Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original).
2004
(77th)
José Rivera
Puerto Rico
The Motorcycle Diaries Nominated First Puerto Rican-born screenwriter to be nominated for Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original).
2006
(79th)
Alfonso Cuarón
Mexico
Children of Men Nominated First Mexican-born screenwriter to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Best Original Screenplay[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born screenplay writers.

Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1985
(58th)
Aída Bortnik
Luis Puenzo
Argentina
The Official Story Nominated First Argentine-born and Latino/Hispanic screenwriters to be nominated for Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original).
2002
(75th)
Alfonso Cuarón
Carlos Cuarón
Mexico
Y Tu Mamá También Nominated First Mexican-born screenwriters to be nominated for Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original).
2006
(79th)
Guillermo Arriaga
Mexico
Babel Nominated
Guillermo del Toro
Mexico
Pan's Labyrinth Nominated
2014
(87th)
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Nicolás Giacobone
Armando Bó
Mexico
Argentina
Argentina
Birdman Won First Mexican-born screenwriter to win for Best Original Screenplay (Iñárritu).
First Argentine-born screenwriters to win Best Original Screenplay (Giacobone and Bó).
shared with Alexander Dinelaris Jr..
2017
(90th)
Guillermo del Toro
Mexico
The Shape of Water Nominated Shared with Vanessa Taylor.

Best Story[edit]

This list focuses on Latin American-born screenplay writers.

Academy Award for Best Story
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1930/1931
(4th)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
Argentina
Laughter Nominated Argentine-born Fench screenwriter.
Nomination shared with Douglas Z. Doty and Donald Ogden Stewart.

Note: Defunct category.

Special Achievement[edit]

Special Achievement Academy Award
Year Nominee Country Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2017
(90th)
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Mexico
Flesh and Sand Recipient First Latino and Mexican to receive this award.

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