In 1994, Rosie Perez received an Oscar nomination for her emotional portrayal of a mother struggling with grief in Fearless. That was her first and last time she attended the ceremony.
In an interview with Variety, the 56-year-old said she had never received an invitation to return: “Not even to sit in the audience, not to present, nothing – and I'm a member. I love the Academy Awards. I cheer on my colleagues, but it hurts. It's like your home team won't ask you to come back to the stadium after you get up to hit and start the home run. "
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Further addressing her struggle as a Latin American actress, she said, "The greatest struggle has been to navigate other people's shortcomings. Bigotry, other people's racism – and especially those who don't understand they are bigots or racists."
Perez's nod for Best Supporting Actress was the last time a Puerto Rican actress received a nomination. In addition, there were only four Latinx winners in the acting categories: José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac from the 1950s as best actor), Benicio del Toro (Traffic in the supporting actress from 2000), Rita Moreno (West Side Story from the Supporting actress from 1961) and Anthony Quinn (1952 Viva Zapata! And 1956 lust for life as supporting actor).