Only four Latin American actors have won Oscars in the Academy Awards’ 85 year history:
- José Ferrer of Puerto Rico, who in 1948 became the first Latin American actor to receive an Academy Award nomination, won the Best Actor trophy in 1950 for his work in Cyrano de Bergerac.
- Mexican-born actor Anthony Quinn won two Oscars, both in the Best Supporting Actor category, for his roles in Viva Zapata! (1952) and Lust for Life (1956).
- Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1961 for her iconic role in West Side Story (1961). She also became the first performer to win an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar, and a Tony.
- Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro won an Oscar in 2001 for his supporting role in the movie Traffic.
Mercedes Ruehl, whose mother is Cuban, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1991 for her work in The Fisher King. There are no Latin American actors nominated for this year’s Oscars.