List of Puerto Rican Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Puerto Rican Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Puerto Rican actors, actresses, and films that have either been submitted or nominated for, or have won, an Academy Award.

Acting categories[edit]

José Ferrer was the first Puerto Rican-born, first Latino and Hispanic person to be nominated for and win an Oscar, receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Joan of Arc (1948) and winning Best Actor for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950).
Rita Moreno was the first Latina to be nominated for and win an Oscar, winning Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story (1961).
Rosie Perez was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Fearless (1993).
Benicio del Toro won once from two nominations for Best Supporting Actor, winning for Traffic (2000) and becoming the first actor to win for a Spanish-speaking role.
Joaquin Phoenix has been nominated for three Oscars, one for Best Supporting Actor for Gladiator (2000) and twice for Best Actor for Walk the Line (20005) and The Master (2012).

This list focuses on Puerto Rican-born actors and actresses as well as those with a strong Puerto Rican descent (i.e., Nuyoricans). As of 2018, there have only been three Academy Award winning actors born in Puerto Rico. However, others have been nominated for the awards.

Best Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actor
Year Nominee Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1950
(23rd)
José Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac Won First Latino and Hispanic actor to win an acting Academy Award.
First Latino and Hispanic actor to be nominated more than once.
1952
(25th)
Moulin Rouge Nominated
2005
(77th)
Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line Nominated born in Puerto Rico, to non-Hispanic parents
2012
(85th)
The Master Nominated

Best Supporting Actor[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Nominee Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1948
(21st)
José Ferrer Joan of Arc Nominated First Latino and Hispanic actor to be nominated for an acting Academy Award.
2000
(73rd)
Benicio del Toro Traffic Won First and only actor to win for a Spanish-speaking role
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator Nominated born in Puerto Rico, to non-Hispanic parents
2003
(75th)
Benicio del Toro 21 Grams Nominated

Note: When del Toro and Phoenix were nominated by the Academy for Best Supporting Actor in 2000, it was the first time that two actors born in Puerto Rico were simultaneously nominated for such an award.

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Nominee Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1961
(34th)
Rita Moreno West Side Story Won First Latina and Hispanic actress to win an acting Academy Award.
First Puerto Rican to be nominated for and win Best Supporting Actress.
1993
(66th)
Rosie Perez Fearless Nominated

Foreign Language Film category[edit]

Puerto Rico has submitted films for the Foreign Film category since 1985. However, as of 2007, only one film has been nominated, this happened in 1990 when Lo que le Pasó a Santiago (from Jacobo Morales) was nominated. The film lost to Italy's Cinema Paradiso.

However, in October 2011, awards coordinator Torene Svitil announced that Puerto Rico will no longer be eligible for submissions in the Foreign Language Film category.[1]

Films that have been submitted for consideration are:

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Year Director(s) Film Status Notes Ref(s)
1985
(59th)
Marcos Zurinaga La Gran Fiesta Not Selected
1988
(61st)
Marcos Zurinaga Tango Bar Not Selected
1989
(62nd)
Jacobo Morales Lo que le Pasó a Santiago Nominated
1994
(67th)
Jacobo Morales Linda Sara Not Selected
1998
(71st)
Iván Dariel Ortiz Héroes de Otra Patria Not Selected
2001
(74th)
Raúl Marchand Sánchez 12 Horas Not Selected
2005
(78th)
Vicente Juarbe Cayo Not Selected
2006
(79th)
Ricardo Méndez Matta Ladrones y Mentirosos Not Selected
2007
(80th)
Mariem Perez
Carlos Ruíz Ruíz
Maldeamores Not Selected
2009
(82nd)
Edmundo H. Rodríguez Kabo y Platón Not Selected
2010
(83rd)
Rafi Mercado Miente Not Selected
2011
(84th)
Sonia Fritz America Disqualified In 2011, Academy decided not to allow submissions from US territories anymore. [2]

Writing categories[edit]

José Rivera was the first Puerto Rican-born screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar, receiving a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Diarios de Motocicleta (2004).

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Screenwriter(s) Film Status Notes Ref(s)
2004
(77th)
José Rivera Diarios de Motocicleta Nominated

Music categories[edit]

Lin-Manuel Miranda was nominated for Best Original Song for his song "How Far I'll Go" from Moana (2016).

Best Music, Original Song[edit]

Academy Award for Best Original Song
Year Writer(s) Song Film Result Notes Refs
1983
(56th)
Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Flashdance Won First Latina and Hispanic American songwriter to win Best Original Song.
Cara is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent.
Shared with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey.
2002
(75th)
Luis Resto "Lose Yourself" 8 Mile Won Shared with Eminem and Jeff Bass.
2016
(89th)
Lin-Manuel Miranda "How Far I'll Go" Moana Nominated

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