List of Puerto Rican Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Puerto Rican Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Puerto Rican filmmakers, actors, actresses and films that have either been nominated for or have won an Academy Award.

Acting categories[edit]

José Ferrer was the first Puerto Rican-born, first Latino and Hispanic person to be nominated for and win an Oscar, receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Joan of Arc (1948) and winning Best Actor for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950).
Rita Moreno was the first Latina to be nominated for and win an Oscar, winning Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story (1961).
Benicio del Toro won once from two nominations for Best Supporting Actor, winning for Traffic (2000) and becoming the first actor to win for a Spanish-speaking role.

Best Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actor
Year Nominee Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1950
(23rd)
José Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac Won First Hispanic actor to win an acting Academy Award.
First Hispanic actor to be nominated more than once.
1952
(25th)
Moulin Rouge Nominated

Best Supporting Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Nominee Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1948
(21st)
José Ferrer Joan of Arc Nominated First Hispanic person to be nominated for an acting Academy Award.
First Puerto Rican to be nominated in any category.
2000
(73rd)
Benicio del Toro Traffic Won First and only actor to win for a Spanish-speaking role.
2003
(75th)
21 Grams Nominated

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Nominee Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1961
(34th)
Rita Moreno West Side Story Won First Hispanic actress to win an acting Academy Award.
First Puerto Rican to be nominated for and win Best Supporting Actress.

Writing categories[edit]

Best Adapted Screenplay[edit]

José Rivera was the first Puerto Rican-born screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar, receiving a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Diarios de Motocicleta (2004).
Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Screenwriter(s) Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2004
(77th)
José Rivera Diarios de Motocicleta Nominated

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

Puerto Rico has submitted films for the Foreign Film category since 1985. However, as of 2007, only one film has been nominated. This happened in 1990 when Lo que le Pasó a Santiago (from Jacobo Morales) was nominated. The film lost to Italy's Cinema Paradiso.

However, in October 2011, awards coordinator Torene Svitil announced that Puerto Rico will no longer be eligible for submissions in the Foreign Language Film category.[1]

Films that have been submitted for consideration are:

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Year Director(s) Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1985
(59th)
Marcos Zurinaga La Gran Fiesta Not Selected
1988
(61st)
Marcos Zurinaga Tango Bar Not Selected
1989
(62nd)
Jacobo Morales Lo que le Pasó a Santiago Nominated
1994
(67th)
Jacobo Morales Linda Sara Not Selected
1998
(71st)
Iván Dariel Ortiz Héroes de Otra Patria Not Selected
2001
(74th)
Raúl Marchand Sánchez 12 Horas Not Selected
2005
(78th)
Vicente Juarbe Cayo Not Selected
2006
(79th)
Ricardo Méndez Matta Ladrones y Mentirosos Not Selected
2007
(80th)
Mariem Perez
Carlos Ruíz Ruíz
Maldeamores Not Selected
2009
(82nd)
Edmundo H. Rodríguez Kabo y Platón Not Selected
2010
(83rd)
Rafi Mercado Miente Not Selected
2011
(84th)
Sonia Fritz America Disqualified In 2011, Academy decided not to allow submissions from US territories anymore. [2]

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