Oscar and Hispanics: Friends or Foes

by cjrocket89 | created - 21 Dec 2013 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

A list of Hispanic actors and actress who have been either nominated or won an Oscar. Hopeful the list will grow in the future.

1. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...

2 Best Actor Nominations: "Zorba the Greek" and "Wild is the Wind" 2 Best Supporting Actor Oscars: "Viva Zapata" and "Lust for Life"

*The only Hispanic to have won more than 1 Oscar. *First and only Mexican actor to have won an Oscar.

2. José Ferrer

Actor | Dune

José Ferrer was born on January 8, 1912 in Santurce, Puerto Rico as José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón. He was an actor, known for Dune (1984), Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and Moulin Rouge (1952). He was married to Stella Daphne Magee, Rosemary Clooney, Phyllis Hill and Uta Hagen. He died on ...

Best Actor Oscar: "Cyrano de Bergerac" Best Actor Nomination: "Moulin Rouge" Best Supporting Actor Nomination: "Joan of Arc"

*Only Hispanic to have won an Oscar for Best Actor.

3. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal ...

Best Supporting Actor Oscar: "No Country for Old Men" 2 Best Actor Nominations: "Biutiful" and "Before Night Falls"

*First Spanish Male to win an Oscar.

4. Benicio Del Toro

Actor | Sicario

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).

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Best Supporting Actor Oscar: "Traffic" Best Supporting Actor Nomination: "21 Grams"

*First and only Puerto Rican to win for Supporting.

5. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

Best Supporting Actress Oscar: "Vicky Christina Barcelona" Best Actress Nomination: "Volver" Best Supporting Actress Nomination: "Nine"

*First and only Spanish woman to win an Oscar.

6. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...

Best Supporting Actress Oscar: "West Side Story"

*First and only Puerto Rican woman to win an Oscar.

7. Mercedes Ruehl

Actress | The Fisher King

Ruehl received her first Academy Award nomination and win for her performance as Anne Napolitano, the emotionally driven girlfriend to fallen radio personality, (played by Jeff Bridges), in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece, The Fisher King (1991). In addition to an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, Ruehl's ...

Best Supporting Actress Oscar: "The Fisher King"

*First and only Cuban to win an Oscar.

8. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

Best Supporting Actress Oscar: "12 Years a Slave"

*Born in Mexico raised in Kenya. *First and only Mexican born actress to win an Oscar.

9. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...

Best Actress Nomination: "Frida"

*First Mexican nominated for Lead Actress.

10. Demián Bichir

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Demián Bichir Nájera was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Maricruz Nájera (María de la Cruz Najera Botello), an actress, and Alejandro Bichir (Alejandro Bichir Batres), a theatre director. His parents met in the theatre. He has two brothers who are also actors, Bruno Bichir and Odiseo Bichir. Demián...

Best Actor Nomination: "A Better Life"

11. Edward James Olmos

Actor | Battlestar Galactica

Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered...

Best Actor Nomination: "Stand and Deliver"

12. Adriana Barraza

Actress | Babel

Adriana Barraza was born on March 5, 1956 in Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico. She is known for her work on Babel (2006), Drag Me to Hell (2009) and Thor (2011). She has been married to Arnaldo Pipke since April 29, 2005. She was previously married to Carlos Valsagna.

Best Supporting Actress Nomination: "Babel"

13. Katy Jurado

Actress | High Noon

Katy Jurado was born María Cristina Estela Jurado García into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family's lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property, the matriarch of...

Best Supporting Actress Nomination: "Broken Lance"

14. Norma Aleandro

Actress | La historia oficial

Norma Aleandro is the Grande Dame of Argentine theater and cinema not only because she was not content to have trodden the stage as early as the the age of nine, she is still active in theater and cinema in 2011. Her last film to date, Daniel Burman's La suerte en tus manos (2012) is in ...

Best Actress Nomination: "Gaby: A True Story"

15. Bérénice Bejo

Actress | The Artist

Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Silvia De Paoli, a lawyer, and Miguel Bejo, a filmmaker. When she was three, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film ...

Best Supporting Actress Nomination: "The Artist"

*Born in Argentina but raised in France.

16. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Her

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family from New ...

2 Best Actor Nominations: "Walk the Line" and "The Master" Best Supporting Actor Nomination: "Gladiator"

*Born in Puerto Rico

17. Rosie Perez

Actress | White Men Can't Jump

Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California. ...

Best Supporting Actress Nomination: "Fearless"

18. Susan Kohner

Actress | Imitation of Life

Susan Kohner was born on November 11, 1936 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was actress Lupita Tovar, a successful performer from the 1930s and it was only natural that for Susan to gravitate toward acting. Her first role was in To Hell and Back (1955) in 1955. One more film in 1956 and one in...

Best Supporting Actress Nomination: "Imitation of Life"

19. Andy Garcia

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

One of Hollywood's most private and guarded leading men, Andy Garcia has created iconic characters while at the same time staying true to his acting roots and personal projects.

Garcia was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez on April 12, 1956, in Havana, Cuba, to Amelie Menéndez, a teacher of English...

Best Supporting Actor Nomination: "The Godfather: Part III"

*First and only Cuban nominated for Supporting Actor.

20. Catalina Sandino Moreno

Actress | Maria Full of Grace

Catalina Sandino Moreno was born on April 19, 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia. She is an actress and producer, known for Maria Full of Grace (2004), Che: Part One (2008) and Fast Food Nation (2006). She has been married to David Elwell since April 15, 2006. They have one child.

Best Actress Nomination: "Maria Full of Grace"

*Only Colombian nominated for an Oscar.

21. Yalitza Aparicio

Actress | Roma

Yalitza Aparicio is a Mexican actress. She is best known for her film debut Roma (2018), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Aparicio was born on December 11, 1993, in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico. She also has an baccalaureate in early childhood education.

Her parents ...

Best Actress Nomination: "Roma"

22. Marina de Tavira

Actress | Roma

Marina de Tavira is a Mexican theatre, film and television actress. Her career has mainly developed on the Mexican stage working with the most prestigious directors in the scene. She has played the lead parts in stagings of play writes like Bertold Brecht, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, and Ximena ...

Best Supporting Actress Nomination: "Roma"



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