Although the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015 brought up the discussion of inclusiveness for people of color there still exists a huge lack of representation for minority racial groups. Latinos are still very underrepresented for nominations in award shows and with the Oscars around the corner, it's important to keep the conversation going.
Aubrey Plaza took home an award for outstanding performance in a motion picture for her performance in Ingrid Goes West, a black comedy in which she plays a mentally unstable young woman obsessed with social media, but it was her acceptance speech that caught everyone's attention. While accepting her award, Aubrey, who is half Puerto Rican, addressed the under-representation of Latinx actors and actresses in Hollywood with the sarcasm that she's well-known for.
"I'm going to accept the leading best actress award on behalf of the Oscars ceremony because I heard a fun fact tonight that I never knew before, which is that no Latina actress has ever won Best Actress at the Oscars. Ever," she said, according to Variety.
Aubrey, who is also known for her role in Parks And Recreation, admitted that her part in Ingrid Goes West might not be Oscar-worthy, but she was hopeful enough to joke around. "I'll play some kind of psychotic character, some kind of criminal lunatic, those complicated characters I'm good at, and I'll do that for you. And I'm going to win that award," she added.
Since the first Academy Awards ceremony 89 years ago, only three Latina actresses have ever been nominated for the Best Actress in a leading role category. The last time was over ten years ago in 2005 when Catalina Sandino Moreno earned the nomination for her part in Maria Full Of Grace. Hilary Swank ended up winning the award for her role in Million Dollar Baby. Prior to that, Salma Hayek was nominated during the 2003 ceremony for playing the iconic artist Frida but lost to Nicole Kidman, who won the award for her performance in The Hours. Fernanda Montenegro became the first Latin-American actress to ever be nominated in the Best Actress category during the 1999 Oscars, thanks to her role in Central Station.
Their male counterparts have not faired that much better. Only five Latino actors have been nominated for Best Actor and, in 1955, Puerto Rican José Ferrer became the first, and so far only, latino to win the award for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac.
Is it time a Latina won Best Actress at the Oscars? There are countless talented Latina actresses in Hollywood right now, but any hopes of one of them winning the coveted award will have to wait until at least next year. The nominees at this year's Oscar are Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan, for Lady Bird, and Meryl Streep for The Post.