While we wait with bated breath to find out if Latinx nominee Yalitza Aparicio will become the first Mexican and Indigenous actress to win an Oscar, let’s take a look at the other great actors and actresses who have had the honor of being nominated for Academy Awards for acting.
In 1950, Puerto Rican Jose Ferrer became the first Latino Actor to win an Oscar. The award was for his starring role in the film, Cyrano de Bergerac.
Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn won two Oscars for Best Actor: for Viva Zapata! (1952), and Lust for Life (1957). He was nominated for Best Actor for two additional roles, 1957’s Wild is the Wind, and his signature role in Zorba the Greek (1964).
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La famosa Katy Jurado began her career in 🎥 in 🇲🇽 before moving to Hollywood where she would become the FIRST Mexican actress to win a Golden Globe. With over 70 films in Spanish & English Katy challenged the use of LATINAS as sex objects in American cinema. 💪🏽Fighting against racism in the industry, and used her platform to remove stereotypes agaisnt Mexican women. Katy’s work was recognized by Juan Gabriel who wrote ✍🏽 a song dedicated to her and she was also honored with a ⭐️ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which you can still find today. #girlboss #girlpower #latinx #latinas #mujeresfuertes #chingonas #latinapower #latinaspoderosas #katyjurado
Katy Jurado is one of the few Latina actresses of Old Hollywood. The Mexicana earned an Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for her role in High Noon (1952).
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Happy Birthday to #RitaMoreno! She turns 87 y/o today🙏🎉 She was the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar when she won for West Side Story (1961). . She demonstrated just how ridiculous it is that red carpet dresses usually only get the one outing. . Rita arrived at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony on March 2018 wearing the very same dress she wore to accept her Oscar for ‘#WestSideStory’ at the ceremony in 1962. #thesilverclassics
Puerto Rican Rita Moreno has the distinction of being the first Latina to win an Oscar (and the first Puerto Rican woman). It was for her role as Anita, in the Hollywood classic, West Side Story (1961).
In 1987, Argentinian actress Norma Aleandro earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the film, Gaby: A True Story (1987). The first Argentinian to do so, Aleandro also starred in The Official Story (1985), which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Cuban Andy Garcia is one of the Latino heavyweights in Hollywood. He has appeared in numerous roles, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Godfather III (1990, the first Cuban actor to do so).
In 1998, Brazilian Fernanda Montenegro became the first Latina, and the first Brazilian actress, nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (she was also the first nominated for a Portuguese-speaking role). It was for her role in the film, Central Station.
Benicio del Toro
Puerto Rican Benicio del Toro is the second Latino actor ever (after Anthony Quinn) to be nominated twice for Best Actor (he is also the third Puerto Rican actor to win an acting Oscar, and the second Puerto Rican to win Best Actor). He was nominated for 2000’s Traffic (which he won), and 2003’s 21 Grams. When del Toro won in 2000, he became the first and only actor to win for a mostly Spanish-speaking role.
Salma Hayek had the role of a lifetime, interpreting the iconic Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film, Frida. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, becoming the first Mexicana, and second Latina, to earn that honor.
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno was the third Latina, and the first Colombian, to be nominated for Best Actress. It was for her starring role in the 2004 movie, Maria Full of Grace (which also was the first time an actress was nominated for Best Actress for a Spanish role). More recently, she played Luisa in the television series The Affair.
In 2006, Mexican actress Adriana Barraza appeared in the film Babel. Her role, as Amelia Hernandez, earned Barraza an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second Mexican, and fourth Latina, to do so. Adriana also appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, Amores perros (2000, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film).
In 2011, Demian Bichir’s role as Carlos Galindo in A Better Life earned the Mexican actor an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He is one of only three Latino actors, and one of two Mexican actors, to be nominated for Best Actor.
Berenice Bejo is an Argentinian actress, known for her role of Peppy Miller in the 2011 silent film, The Artist. Her role in the film, which also won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score, earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Bejo is the second Argentinian, and the fourth Latina, to earn that honor.
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Ella es Yalitza Aparicio👩🏾 Es mexicana y primer indigena nominada a mejor actriz al premio Oscar . Ceremonia el 24 de Febrero . Actriz de cine y docente de pre-escolar. reconocida por su participación en la cinta Roma, en la cual interpreta a Cleo, obra dirigida por Alfonso Cuarón .#premiososcar #Roma #actress #mexicana #indigena #maestra #woman #latina #actriz #yalitzaaparicio
Yalitza Aparicio made history this year, when she became the first indigenous Mexican woman, the second Mexican woman, and the fourth Latina to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Even more impressive is that it was for her first role, in the film Roma (2018).