oscars_Jorge Drexler

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

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Miranda Noland,

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.