Celebrating Latin Directors and Stars for Hispanic Heritage Month
Internet Video Archive’s editors put together the Hispanic Heritage collection (Collection ID = 1387), a list of over 120 movies and TV shows that feature Latinx culture and characters. As they were putting this list together they found themselves at an impasse on including the original West Side Story (1961). Should this movie be included with its stereotypical views of Latin culture and so many non-Latino actors and actresses? Natalie Wood, who is of Russian descent, played the lead role of Maria, a Puerto Rican character. Would including this film in the Hispanic Heritage collection be offensive?
After much discussion, research, and consultation, we decided, yes, it should be included. We discovered comments by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, talk about how the music “captivated” her and how she would sing the song “I Feel Pretty” and twirl about in her room. However, the most compelling case was Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the original movie. Rita Moreno went on to win Best Supporting Actress for her role and was the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award. Her career has spanned 70 years and she is the only the third person to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy. Her contribution to the arts were recognized with a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Kennedy Center Honor too.
For this article, we wanted to highlight Latina directors and actors that have been recognized for their contributions in movies and TV. The Hispanic Heritage Collection features some of their work and you will find great representations of Latinx culture and characters, but fitting the 120+ titles in an article would be too ambitious. Internet Video Archive (IVA) customers can access the collection now, with instructions you can find here. The best avenue to see what awards these celebrities have won, as well as their headshots, is to use IVA’s Celebrity API.
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Award Winning and Nominated Latin America Directors
Alfonso Cuarón (b. November 28, 1961)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (b. August 15, 1963)
Nominated for Best Director by Academy and Golden Globe for Babel. Nominated by Golden Globes for Best Director and won Academy for The Revenant. Won Best Director by Academy and Golden Globes for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
Guillermo Del Toro (b. October 9, 1964)
Won Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Director for The Shape of Water
Award Winning and Nominated Latin America Actors and Actresses
Salma Hayek (b. September 2, 1966)
Anthony Quinn (b. April 21, 1915, d. June 3, 2001 )
Won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. Nominated Best Supporting Actor by Golden Globe for Lust for Life and Lawrence of Arabia and Best Actor for Zorba the Greek and The Secret of Santa Vittoria. Nominated by Academy for Best Actor for Wild is the Wind and Zorba the Greek. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a miniseries or special for Onassis: The Richest Man in the World and by Golden Globe for Gotti.
Benicio Del Toro (b. February 19, 1967)
Adriana Barraza (b. March 5, 1956)
Nominated by Academy and Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actress for Babel
Marina de Tavira (b. January 1, 1974)
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Roma.
Demián Bichir (b. August 1, 1963)
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor in A Better Life.
Jimmy Smits (b. July 9, 1955)
America Ferrera (b. April 18, 1984)
Won Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Actress in Ugly Betty.
Sofia Vergara (b. July 10, 1972)
Nominated multiple times for Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Modern Family.
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