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Minority Oscar Winners in Major Acting Categories

Jennie Wood

Penelope Cruz
Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008
Penelope Cruz
The year following her Oscar win, Penelope Cruz was nominated again in the Best Supporting Actress category for Nine, becoming the first Spanish actor to be nominated twice in the same category. With her 2008 win she became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award. She was also the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, Cruz was nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role for Volver, becoming the second person to be nominated for a Spanish film. Cathalina Sandino Moreno was the first for 2004's Maria Full of Grace.
Photo source: AP Photo/Evan Agostini
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