List of Mexican Academy Award winners and nominees

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

List of winners[edit]

Name # Academy Awards Title Year
Alfonso Cuarón 5 Best Director Gravity 2013
Best Film Editing
Best Director Roma 2018
Best Cinematography
Best Foreign Language Film
Alejandro González Iñárritu Special Achievement Flesh and Sand 2017
Best Director The Revenant 2015
Best Picture Birdman 2014
Best Director
Best Original Screenplay
Emmanuel Lubezki 3 Best Cinematography The Revenant 2015
Birdman 2014
Gravity 2013
Guillermo del Toro 2 Best Picture The Shape of Water 2017
Best Director
Anthony Quinn Best Supporting Actor Lust for Life 1956
Viva Zapata! 1952
Emile Kuri Best Production Design 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954
The Heiress 1949
Manuel Arango Best Documentary (Short Subject) Sentinels of Silence 1971
Best Live Action Short Film
Lupita Nyong'o 1 Best Supporting Actress 12 Years a Slave 2013
Guillermo Navarro Best Cinematography El Laberinto del Fauno 2006
Eugenio Caballero Best Production Design
Brigitte Broch Moulin Rouge! 2001
Edward Carrere Camelot 1967
Beatrice de Alba Best Makeup and Hairstyling Frida 2002

Special Achievement[edit]

Special Achievement Academy Award
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2017 Alejandro González Iñárritu Flesh and Sand Recipient First Mexican to receive this award.

Best Picture[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born producers.

Academy Award for Best Picture
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2006 Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel Nominated Shared with Steve Golin and Jon Kilik
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity Nominated Shared with David Heyman
2014 Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman Won Shared with John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole
2015 The Revenant Nominated Shared with Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
2017 Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water Won Shared with J. Miles Dale
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma Nominated Shared with Gabriela Rodriguez

Best Director[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born directors.

Academy Award for Best Director
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2006 Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel Nominated First Mexican to be nominated for Best Director.
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity Won First Mexican and Latin American to win Best Director.
2014 Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman Won First Mexican and Latin American to be nominated for Best Director twice.
2015 The Revenant Won First Mexican and Latin American to win Best Director two times.
Third director in history to win consecutive Best Director Academy Awards.
First Mexican and Latin American to be nominated for Best Director three times.
2017 Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water Won
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma Won First person to win for Best Director and Best Cinematography.

Best Actor[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born actors.

Leading[edit]

Actor
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1957 Anthony Quinn Wild Is the Wind Nominated
1964 Zorba the Greek Nominated
2012 Demián Bichir A Better Life Nominated

Supporting[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1952 Anthony Quinn Viva Zapata! Won
1956 Lust for Life Won First Mexican-born actor to win two Oscars in the same category

Best Actress[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born actresses.

Leading[edit]

Academy Award for Best Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2002 Salma Hayek Frida Nominated First Mexican actress to be nominated for Best Leading Actress.
2018 Yalitza Aparicio Roma Nominated Indigenous Mexican
First Indigenous Latin American to be nominated in any category.

Supporting[edit]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1954 Katy Jurado Broken Lance Nominated First Mexican and Hispanic actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.
2006 Adriana Barraza Babel Nominated
2013 Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave Won Mexican with an Kenyan citizenship
First Mexican-born actress to win an Academy Award.
2018 Marina de Tavira Roma Nominated

Best Production Design[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born art directors.

Academy Award for Best Production Design
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1942 Emile Kuri Silver Queen Nominated
1949 The Heiress Won
Edward Carrere Adventures of Don Juan Nominated Shared with Lyle Reifsnider
1952 Emile Kuri Carrie Nominated
1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Won
Executive Suite Nominated
1960 Edward Carrere Sunrise at Campobello Nominated Shared with George James Hopkins
1961 Emile Kuri The Absent-Minded Professor Nominated
1964 Mary Poppins Nominated
1967 Edward Carrere Camelot Won Shared with John Truscott and John W. Brown
1971 Emile Kuri Bedknobs and Broomsticks Nominated
1996 Brigitte Broch Romeo + Juliet Nominated German-born Mexican art director.
Shared with Catherine Martin
2001 Moulin Rouge! Won
2002 Felipe Fernández del Paso
Hania Robledo
Frida Nominated
2006 Eugenio Caballero Pan's Labyrinth Won Original title: El laberinto del fauno
Shared with Pilar Revuelta
2018 Eugenio Caballero
Bárbara Enríquez
Roma Nominated

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born cinematographers.

Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1964 Gabriel Figueroa The Night of the Iguana Nominated
1975 John A. Alonzo Chinatown Nominated First American-born Latino to be nominated for Best Cinematography
1995 Emmanuel Lubezki A Little Princess Nominated
1999 Sleepy Hollow Nominated
2005 The New World Nominated
Rodrigo Prieto Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2006 Emmanuel Lubezki Children of Men Nominated
Guillermo Navarro Pan's Labyrinth Won Original title: El laberinto del fauno
2011 Emmanuel Lubezki The Tree of Life Nominated
2013 Gravity Won
2014 Birdman Won
2015 The Revenant Won First cinematographer to win three years in a row.
2016 Rodrigo Prieto Silence Nominated
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma Won First Mexican director to be nominated for Best Cinematography while serving as both director and cinematographer.
First Mexican director to win for Best Director and Best Cinematography in the same year.

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

This list focuses on documentaries features directed by Mexican-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Year Film Name Status Milestone/Notes
1957 Torero! Manuel Barbachano Ponce Nominated
1969 The Olympics in Mexico Alberto Isaac Nominated
1985 The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Lourdes Portillo Nominated Shared with Susana Blaustein Muñoz
2001 Promises Carlos Bolado Nominated Shared with B.Z. Goldberg and Justine Shapiro

Best Documentary Short Subject[edit]

This list focuses on documentaries short subject directed by Mexican-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject
Year Film Name Status Milestone/Notes
1971 Sentinels of Silence Manuel Arango Won Original title: Centinelas del silencio
Shared with Robert Amram
This was the only time that a short film won Oscars in two categories

Best Film Editing[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born film editors.

Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2006 Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men Nominated Shared with Alex Rodriguez
2013 Gravity Won Shared with Mark Sanger

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican films that won or were nominated for the foreign language film award.

Best Foreign Language Film
Year Film Director Status Milestone/Notes
1960 Macario Roberto Gavaldón Nominated First Latin American and Mexican film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
1961 The Important Man Ismael Rodríguez Nominated Original title: Ánimas Trujano
1962 The Pearl of Tlayucan Luis Alcoriza Nominated Original title: Tlayucan
1975 Letters from Marusia Miguel Littín Nominated Original title: Actas de Marusia
2000 Love's a Bitch Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated Original title: Amores Perros
2002 The Crime of Father Amaro Carlos Carrera Nominated Original title: El Crimen del Padre Amaro
2006 Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro Nominated Original title: El Laberinto del Fauno
The film was nominated for other five Academy Awards, and won three of them: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Makeup
2010 Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated Second nomination for Best Foreign Language Film to a film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
2018 Roma Alfonso Cuarón Won First Mexican film nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film to be simultaneously nominated for Best Picture

Best Live Action Short Film[edit]

This list focuses on live action short-films directed by Mexican-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Year Film Name Status Milestone/Notes
1971 Sentinels of Silence Manuel Arango Won Original title: Centinelas del silencio
Shared with Robert Amram
This was the only time that a short film won Oscars in two categories
1996 De tripas, corazón Antonio Urrutia Nominated

Best Makeup[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born makeup artists.

Academy Award for Best Makeup
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2002 Beatrice De Alba Frida Won
2008 Mike Elizalde Hellboy II: The Golden Army Nominated

Best Original Score[edit]

Academy Award for Best Original Score
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1970 Bill Melendez A Boy Named Charlie Brown Nominated The category was Best Music, Original Song Score.
Shared with Rod McKuen, John Scott Trotter, Alan Shean, and Vince Guaraldi.

Best Sound[edit]

Editing[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born sound editors.

Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2014 Martin Hernández Birdman Nominated Shared with Aaron Glascock
2015 The Revenant Nominated Shared with Lon Bender
2018 Sergio Díaz Roma Nominated Shared with Skip Lievsay

Mixing[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born sound mixers.

Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2006 Fernando Cámara Apocalypto Nominated
2012 José Antonio García Argo Nominated
2018 Roma Nominated Shared with Skip Lievsay and Craig Henighan

Best Writing (Screenplay)[edit]

This list focuses on Mexican-born writers.

Adapted[edit]

Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2006 Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men Nominated Shared with Hawk Otsby, Timothy J. Sexton and Mark Fergus

Original[edit]

Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2002 Alfonso Cuarón
Carlos Cuarón
And Your Mother Too Nominated Original title: Y Tu Mamá También
2006 Guillermo Arriaga Babel Nominated
Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth Nominated Original title: El Laberinto del Fauno
2014 Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman Won Shared with Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo
2017 Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water Nominated Shared with Vanessa Taylor
Story by: Guillermo del Toro
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma Nominated

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1947 Paul Lerpae Unconquered Nominated Mexican born-American special effects artist.

See also[edit]