Singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler made Oscar history when the song he’d penned for The Motorcycle Diaries, entitled “Al otro lado del río" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 77th Academy Awards. It became the first Spanish song, and only the second in a foreign language, to receive the honor. And Drexler became the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award. Oscars ceremony producers wouldn’t let the then relatively unknown Drexler perform the song during the show for fear of losing ratings, so the song was performed by Carlos Santana and Antonio Banderas. Later in the evening, while picking up the award, Drexler’s acceptance speech consisted of him singing a few lines of his song a cappella, and he closed by simply saying "Chau."
Best Original Song, The Motorcycle Diaries, 77thAcademy Awards, Won