Mexico.- The 94th edition of the Oscar awards is hours away from being held, and the excitement of meeting the winners is greater due to the presence in the competition of Mexicans such as William of the BullCarlos López Estrada and Eugenio Derbez, although the latter is not directly nominated.
From recent years to date, national talent has been taking on greater relevance in the Academy Awards, which is why here we present a count of the artists born in Mexico who have won the coveted golden statuette.
Film director Alfonso Cuarón has won five Oscars: three of them were in 2018 for “Roma” in the categories of Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Photography.
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But in 2014 he had already achieved two statuettes in the categories of Best Director and Best Editing, shared with Mark Sanger, for “Gravity”.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
‘El Negro’, as the film director is known, has won four Oscars during his career; in 2015, with “Birdman”, he triumphed in the Best Picture categories, shared with John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole; Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay, shared with Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo.
In 2017 he repeated as Best Director, this time for “The Revenant” and this same year he also received a special Oscar for “Carne y arena”, a virtual reality piece he made together with Emmanuel Lubezki.
‘El Chivo’, nickname by which the director of photography is known, has been recognized three times with the Oscar Award, all in the category of Best Photography.
In 2014 for “Gravity”; in 2015 for “Birdman” and in 2017 for “The Revenant”.
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‘El Gordo’, as they affectionately call the film director from Guadalajara, finally became the winner of two Oscars in 2017 in the categories of Best Film and Best Director for “The Shape of Water”; This film also won the statuettes for Best Soundtrack, for Alexandre Desplat and Best Production Design, for Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau.
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The Chihuahua-born actor won two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for the movie “Viva Zapata!” in 1952 and for his role in “Lust for Life” in 1956.
Born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, he became the first Mexican to win an Oscar, in 1949 he won the statuette in the category of Best Production Design for the film “The Heiress”, an honor he repeated in 1954, this time for the film “20 thousand leagues under the sea”.
In 1971, the Tampico native made history, as his short film “Sentinels of Silence” won in the Best Short Film category and also in the Best Documentary Short Film category.
Cruz Antonio Contreras Mastache
The Mexican was part of the animation team in “Spider-Man: A New Universe”, which in 2019 won Best Animated Film.
The art director born in Mexico City, won the Oscar statuette in 2006 in the category of Best Production Design for “El Laberinto del Fauno”, directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Guillermo del Toro’s film, “El Laberinto del Fauno”, gave another Mexican an Oscar, it was the award for Best Photography.
The actress born in Mexico City, of Kenyan descent, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for the film “12 Years a Slave.”
In 2003 she became the winner of the Oscar in the category of Best Makeup for the film “Frida”.
The Mexican was part of the team of sound engineers for the film “The Exorcist”, which in 1974 won the Oscar for Best Sound, although his name is not officially included, since they only considered the sound engineers.
Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc and Carlos Cortés
In 2021, this group of Mexicans won the gold statuette in the Best Sound category for their work on the movie Sound of Metal.
The 94th Oscar Awards ceremony will take place this Sunday, March 27, at the iconic Dolby Theater in Hollywood.