Latinos distinguished at the Oscars.

October 7, 2022

The Oscars do not escape from Latin talent, meet some of the Latin American film professionals who have won this important award.

The Oscar gala is one of the most awaited events every year. This famous ceremony organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in addition to rewarding the excellence of the professionals who make films, is an opportunity to show the glamour of Hollywood in all it’ s splendor. Since its creation in 1929 until today, the Oscars have been the highlight of the industry’s awards.

It is an honor to be nominated for this award in the United States, and even more so to win one of its statuettes. Historically, international talent has been considered through the Best Foreign Film category, but more and more artists from all latitudes have managed to make a space for themselves in some of the other nominations, including Latinos.

Latinos at the Oscars

This year was the 93rd edition of the Oscars, where the achievements of films released between January 2021 and February 2021 were awarded. On this occasion 4 Latinos shared the award for Best Sound for Sound of metal. They are the Venezuelan Carolina Santana and the Mexicans Carlos Cortés, Jaime Baksh and Michelle Couttolenc, who did the editing and mixing of the film, which also won Best Animated Film.

Let’s now take a short tour through a list of other Latinos who have been honored at the Oscars over the years:

  1. Alfonso Cuarón

2019 was the year of Mexican director, producer and screenwriter Alfonso Cuarón. His masterpiece Roma was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning 3 statuettes: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director. However, he received his first Oscar for Best Director in 2013 for Gravity.

  1. Guillermo del Toro

In 2018, Mexican Guillermo del Toro stood out at the Oscars by taking the two most important statuettes of the night: Best Director and Best Picture. His film The Shape of Water received 13 nominations, making it the most nominated film of that edition.

  1. Sebastián Lelio

Chile’s production A Fantastic Woman won Best Foreign Language Film in 2017.  Its director Sebastián Lelio was born in Argentina and has Chilean nationality. Starring transgender actress Daniela Vega, this film is the second film to manage to take home a statuette for the South American country.

  1. Alejandro González Iñárritu

Mexican cinema is in its new golden age and without a doubt, filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu is another of its representatives. In 2015, his film Birdman received 4 Oscars and the following year he won the Oscar for Best Director with The Revenant. As if that were not enough, his virtual reality film Carne y arena, won an honorary Oscar in 2018.

  1. Gustavo Santaolalla

This Argentine musician, composer and music producer is a two-time Oscar winner. Santaolalla worked on the production of the soundtracks for the films Amores Perros and 21 Grams, although the statuettes were won by Brokeback Mountain in 2005 and the following year with Babel.

  1. Jorge Drexler

Uruguay resounded at the 2005 Oscars through Jorge Drexler. Al otro lado del río won the statuette for Best Original Song.  In fact, this song became the first Spanish-language song to be nominated and awarded in that category.  The piece was created for the film Diarios de motocicleta.

  1. Benicio del Toro

Puerto Rican Benicio del Toro is one of the most popular Latino actors in Hollywood.  Sin City, Sicario and The Last Jedi of the Star Wars saga are just some of the films in which he stands out.  In 2001 he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his brilliant performance in Traffic.

  1. Rita Moreno

Rosa Dolores Alverio, known as Rita Moreno won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her interpretation of Anita in the musical West Side Story, in 1961.  By then, Rita became the first Puerto Rican woman to be nominated by the Academy.

  1. Anthony Quinn

Born in Mexico and naturalized in the United States, Anthony Quinn is one of the greatest Latino film stars of all time.  During his artistic career he was nominated for an Oscar 4 times.  Among these, he won two awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in the films Viva Zapata and El loco del pelo rojo, in 1952 and 1956, respectively.

  1. Jose Ferrer

Another Puerto Rican-born actor who has won an Oscar is José Ferrer. He also made history by being the first Latino to receive this award in 1950. During his career he was nominated 3 times for his performances in Joan of Arc, Moulin Rouge and Cyrano de Bergerac, the latter being the one that won him the precious statuette.

It is true that the competition for the Oscars is quite tight year after year and although the percentage of participation of Latinos is far below what is expected, it is a great honor to have these talents that fill their countries of origin with pride.


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