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In 1947, Thomas Gomez made history as the first Latino to earn an Oscar nomination. The U.S.-born actor of Spanish descent, who was born Sabino Tomas Gomez, received a Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of Pancho, a carousel operator in Ride the Pink Horse, “the wise fool, the peasant with a heart of gold.” In the New Mexico-set film, Gomez speaks broken English through a missing front tooth, runs around barefoot and unshaven, and wears a tattered sombrero. "Thomas Gomez is a big, greasy, tequila-swilling slob, who has one brief glow of nobility," said Universal’s publicity department of the actor’s portrayal of a character that would spark controversy today.

Best Supporting Actor, Ride the Pink Horse, 20th Academy Awards, Nominated

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Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.