It’s the ultimate prize in Hollywood: the Oscar. Granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the coveted Academy Award statuettes have been doled out annually since 1929 as an award “of merit for distinctive achievement" in the industry. But it wasn’t until nearly 20 years later that the first Latino earned an Academy Award nomination.
Since then though, more than 100 Latinos in the film industry have had a date with Oscar, with many of them – like José Ferrer, Rita Moreno and Javier Bardem – even getting to take the statuette home. As this year’s nominees are announced, including a first-time nod for costume designer Paco Delgado, here’s a comprehensive look at the history of Latinos and the Academy Awards!