Latinos at the Oscars


Let’s take a look at the Latinos who have made history at the Academy Awards.

The 90th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 4th. This year a few Latinos earned important nominations, particularly Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, whose latest film The Shape of Water is leading the race with 13 nominations.

To get ready for the Oscars, we decided to remember the Latinos who have made history at this prestigious awards’ ceremony.

First Latino actor to win an Oscar:

José Ferrer for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

José Ferrer

First Latina actress to win an Oscar:

Rita Moreno for West Side Story (1961)

Rita Moreno

First Latino cinematographer to win an Oscar:

Guillermo Navarro for Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth

 First Latino to win Best Director:

Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)


First Latin American film to win for Best Foreign Language Film:

The Official Story (1985) directed by Luis Puenzo (Argentina)

The Official Story

Latinos nominated for this year’s Oscars:

Best Foreign Language Film:

A Fantastic Woman directed by Sebastián Lelio (Chile)

A Fantastic Woman

Best Original Screenplay:

Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor for The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Best Animated Feature:

Ferdinand directed by Carlos Saldanha


Best Director:

Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

We wish all our nominated Latinos the best of luck and we hope they make history at this year’s ceremony!

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