Bhanu Athaiya became the first Indian to win an Academy Award for designing the costumes for Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982).
Bhanu Athaiya became the first Indian to win an Academy Award for designing the costumes for Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982).

Several Indian individuals and films have received or been nominated for the Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars) in different categories. As of 2021, 13 Indians have been nominated and eight have won Oscars including in the scientific and technical category.

At the 30th Academy Awards, Mehboob Khan's 1957 Hindi-language film Mother India was India's first submission for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film category.[1] It was nominated alongside four other films and lost to the Italian film Nights of Cabiria (1957) by one vote.[2][3] In 1982, The National Film Development Corporation of India was instrumental in co-producing Richard Attenborough's biographical film Gandhi.[4][5] At the 55th Academy Awards, Bhanu Athaiya became the first Indian to win an Academy Award for designing the costumes.[6] Ravi Shankar was nominated for Best Original Score for the same film.[7] As of 2022, apart from Mother India, only two Indian films have been nominated for the Oscars—Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001).

In 1992, filmmaker Satyajit Ray was bestowed with an Honorary Academy Award, becoming the only Indian to date to receive the honour.[8] Resul Pookutty and A. R. Rahman won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score respectively for the 2008 British film Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman also shared the Best Original Song Award with lyricist Gulzar for the song "Jai Ho".[9] Rahman is the only Indian to win more than one Academy Award.[10] Several Indians and Indian Americans have received the Oscars in the technical category like Rahul Thakkar, Cottalango Leon and Vikas Sathaye.

Honorary awards

Satyajit Ray became the first Indian to receive an Honorary Academy Award in 1992.
Satyajit Ray became the first Indian to receive an Honorary Academy Award in 1992.
Honorary awards
Year Recipient Note Ref.
1992
(64th)
Satyajit Ray "In recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world." [11]
[12]

Competitive awards

Competitive awards
Year Nominee(s)/recipient(s) Film Category Result Ref.
1958
(30th)
Mother India Mother India Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [2]
1961
(33rd)
Ismail Merchant The Creation of Woman Best Short Subject (Live Action) Nominated [13]
1969
(41st)
Fali Bilimoria The House That Ananda Built Best Documentary (Short Subject) Nominated
1978
(50th)
Ishu Patel Bead Game Best Animated Short Film Nominated [14]
1979
(51st)
K. K. Kapil An Encounter with Faces Best Documentary (Short Subject) Nominated [15]
1983
(55th)
Bhanu Athaiya Gandhi Best Costume Design Won [16]
Ravi Shankar Best Original Score Nominated
1987
(59th)
Ismail Merchant A Room with a View Best Picture Nominated [17]
1989
(61st)
Salaam Bombay! Salaam Bombay! Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [18]
1993
(65th)
Ismail Merchant Howards End Best Picture Nominated [19]
1994
(66th)
The Remains of the Day Nominated [20]
2002
(74th)
Lagaan Lagaan Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [21]
2005
(77th)
Ashvin Kumar Little Terrorist Best Short Subject (Live Action) Nominated [22]
2009
(81st)
Resul Pookutty Slumdog Millionaire Best Sound Mixing Won [23]
Gulzar
(Lyrics)
Best Original Song (For "Jai Ho") Won
A. R. Rahman
(Music)
Won
Best Original Score Won
Best Original Song (For "O... Saya") Nominated
2011
(83rd)
127 Hours Best Original Score Nominated [24]
Best Original Song (For "If I Rise") Nominated
2013
(85th)
Bombay Jayashri
(Lyrics)
Life of Pi Best Original Song (For "Pi's Lullaby") Nominated [25]
2022
(94th)
Rintu Thomas
Sushmit Ghosh
Writing with Fire Best Documentary Feature Nominated [26]
2023
(95th)
Shaunak Sen All That Breathes Best Documentary Feature Nominated [27]
Kartiki Gonsalves

Guneet Monga

The Elephant Whisperers Best Documentary (Short Subject) Nominated
M.M. Keeravani
(Music)

Chandrabose
(Lyrics)

RRR Best Original Song (For "Naatu Naatu") Nominated

Scientific and technical awards

Scientific and technical awards
Year Nominee(s)/recipient(s) Category Note Ref.
2016 Rahul Thakkar[a] Academy Award for Technical Achievement Shared the award with Richard Chuang [29]
Cottalango Leon[b] Shared the award with Sam Richards and J. Robert Ray [30]
2018 Vikas Sathaye[c] Shared the award with John Coyle, Brad Hurndell and Shane Buckham [32]

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ For his "groundbreaking design" of DreamWorks Animation Media Review System.[28]
  2. ^ For "the design, engineering and continuous development" of Sony Pictures Imageworks itView technology.[28]
  3. ^ For "the concept, design, engineering and implementation" of the Shotover K1 Camera System.[31]

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