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01/11/2013 10:02 am ET

The History Of Latino Nominees And The Academy Awards

(FILES) A combination of two pictures shows (FromL) Javier Bardem kissing his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 'No Country
(FILES) A combination of two pictures shows (FromL) Javier Bardem kissing his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 'No Country For Old Men' on February 24, 2008 and Penelope Cruz kissing her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' on February 22, 2009 at the Academy Awards in the Kodak Theater of Hollywood. Oscar-winning Spanish film stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have become the parents of a baby boy, their first child, born in Los Angeles on January 22, 2011, Spanish media reported on January 26. Cruz gave birth at the Cedars Sinai medical centre in Beverly Hills. AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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!

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