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Maria Full of Grace, a Spanish-language film about a pregnant-Colombian-teenager-turned-drug-mule who ingests 62 wrapped pellets of heroin to smuggle into the U.S., only made $12.5 million worldwide. But the hard-to-swallow film did earn the film’s unknown star, Catalina Sandino Moreno international acclaim, as well as a surprising Best Actress nod. Along with becoming the first Colombian to be nominated for an Academy Award, she was the first actress to be nominated for a Spanish-speaking role.

Best Actress, Maria Full of Grace, 77th Academy Awards, Nominated

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