Ariel Award

The Ariel is the Mexican Academy of Film Award. It has been awarded annually since 1947. The award recognizes excellence in motion picture making, such as acting, directing and screenwriting in Mexican cinema. It is considered the most prestigious award in the Mexican movie industry. In cinema, it is considered Mexico's equivalent to the Academy Awards ("Oscars") of the United States.[1]


The statuette is in the image of a man and it was designed by the sculptor Ignacio Asúnsolo. The original statuette is currently found inside Churubusco Studios in Mexico City. The name "Ariel" was inspired by a series of short writings called El Ariel by Uruguayan writer José Enrique Rodó that inspired generations of young Latin Americans in the first decades of the 20th century.


  • Ariel Award for Best Original Screenplay
  • Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
  • Ariel Award for Best Editing
  • Ariel Award for Best Original Score
  • Ariel Award for Best Sound
  • Ariel Award for Best Art Design
  • Ariel Award for Best Costume Design
  • Ariel Award for Best Makeup
  • Ariel Award for Best Special Effects
  • Ariel Award for Best First Work
  • Ariel Award for Best Short Documentary
  • Ariel Award for Best Feature Documentary
  • Ariel Award for Best Feature Animation
  • Ariel Award for Best Fiction Short
  • Ariel Award for Best Animated Short
  • Ariel Award for Best Ibero-American Film
  • Ariel Award for Best Actor in a Minor Role
  • Ariel Award for Best Actress in a Minor Role
  • Ariel Award for Best Child Performance
  • Ariel Award for Best Youth Performance
  • Ariel a Mejor Ambientación
  • Ariel a Mejor Argumento Original (Best Original Story)
  • Ariel a Mejor Cortometraje Educativo, Científico o de Divulgación Artística (Best Educational, Scientific, or Artistic Short Film)
  • Ariel a Mejor Escenografía (Best Production Design)
  • Ariel a Mejor Guión Adaptado (Best Adapted Screenplay)
  • Ariel a Mejor Guión Cinematográfico (Best Screenplay for Cinema)
  • Ariel a Mejor Música de Fondo (Best Score)
  • Ariel a Mejor Mediometraje Ficción (Best Medium-Length Fiction)
  • Ariel a Mejor Mediometraje Documental (Best Medium-Length Documentary)
  • Ariel a Mejor Tema Musical (Best Song)

Additional awards

  • Ariel Especial de Plata (Special Silver Ariel)
  • Premio Especial (Special Ariel)
  • Premio de Honor (Honorary Award)†
  • Premio Medalla Salvador Toscano (Salvador Toscano Medal)
  • Reconocimiento del Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (Special Recognition)
  • Diploma de Honor (Honorary Diploma)[2]

Denotes awards that are irregularly given


  1. Chaiken, Jan. "The Mexican Academy of Film". The Eye Magazine. The Eye Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  2. Summary of Ariel Awards, Internet Movie Database.
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