Although Latino actors still face typecasting in Hollywood and don't really get to play lead roles that often in this day and age, some have managed to break from the pack and make their mark in the movie industry, even winning major awards like the Golden Globes.
In the wake of the recent Golden Globe awards, we bring you a list of Latinos who stood out and got recognized with a gong for their cinematic efforts.
Latinos in Hollywood is a not a new phenomenon - they've been around decades ago. In fact, one Puerto Rican actress nabbed a "Best Supporting Actress" trophy from the Golden Globes for her role in "West Side Story" back in 1961, as noted by Latina. She is also one of the only 12 performers who belong to the EGOT elite - the ones who won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.
The Cuban actor is most memorable in his role in "The Godfather Part III." In fact, he won a Golden Globe for it, as well as other acting awards, in 1990.
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
"Mexican film director, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu received the Golden Globe in 2006 for the drama Babel, which won 'Best Motion Picture,'" Latina said. "Iñarritu also took the award for Best Screenplay for his movie 'Birdman.'"
The Spanish actor won best supporting actor for his part in "No Country for Old Men" in 2007. It won't be surprising if he won yet another gong, considering his stellar acting chops.
The actress shot to fame with her role as Betty Suarez in hit TV series "Ugly Betty." She later won a Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series" in 2007.
The 30-year-old star of TV show "Jane the Virgin" was the only Latina nominated at the Golden Globes last year. Happily, she won that year and gave a speech that was described by The Huffington Post as "beautiful." She pointed out the dearth of good roles or recognition for Latino actors in her speech, saying that her victory wasn't just for her sake as it "represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes."
Speaking of heroes, this actor starred in the HBO movie "Show Me a Hero" and won a gong for his efforts in this year's Golden Globes. He will also be starring in a superhero flick, "X-Men: Apocalypse," later this year, albeit as a villain this time.