oscars_36_Ary Barroso

Composer Ary Barroso – one of Brazil's most successful songwriters in the first half of the 20th century – earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for penning the song “Rio de Janeiro” with Ned Washington for the 1945 film Brazil, a musical comedy set in the South American country about a composer masquerading as twins, trying to win the hand of an anti-Latin novelist. Barroso was the first Brazilian and the first Latin American songwriter to be nominated for an Oscar.

Best Original Song, Brazil, 17th Academy Awards, Nominated

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