Nominations for the 2023 Oscars were announced early Tuesday morning (January 24), and it’s probably safe to say that one Latina actress is likely feeling on top of the world.
Ana de Armas landed the first Oscar nomination of her career for her portrayal of cultural icon Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s polarizing Netflix film Blonde. De Armas’ nod for Best Actress is the first time a Latina has been nominated in the category since Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) in 2018.
Along with de Armas and Aparicio, only three other Latinas have been nominated for Best Actress – Catalina Sandino Moreno (2004’s Maria Full of Grace); Salma Hayek (2002’s Frida); and Fernanda Montenegro (1988’s Central Station). Of the prior four nominees, none of them went home with the award.
De Armas has a tough road ahead of her, too. Her competition in the category includes four-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans); Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie); and the two nominees most pundits believe are the frontrunners in the race, two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (TÁR) and Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once).
Two-time Oscar-winning director and producer Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) also came away Tuesday morning with a nomination for his version of Pinocchio in the Best Feature Animated Film category. Another Latine who was nominated for an Oscar this year was four-time Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) for producing the Best Live-Action Short Film (Le pupille).
Also, Argentina picked up a nomination in the Best International Film category for its historical drama, Argentina, 1985.
The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on March 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET. The host of this year’s ceremony is comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who returns for the third time after hosting in 2017 and 2018.
For a complete list of this year’s Oscar nominees visit Oscars.org.