List of Indians who have Won an Oscar

In the cinema world, if we talk about the greatest award that has a global status amongst all the countries then, the answer will come as the ‘Oscars’. For more than 93 years, the awards have been organized and all the movies around the world that have created a major audience in different categories get the nominations for this prestigious award.

The Academy Awards, also known as Oscars, first met India in 1957, when Mehboob Khan’s Mother India was formally nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Since then, films such as Lagaan and Salaam Bombay have been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Despite the fact that no Indian film has received an Academy Award, there are individuals who have made India proud. Few Indians have taken home the Oscar statuette, from costume designer Bhanu Athaiya to music composer A.R. Rahman. 

This year, there have been many clutter-busting awards, including works by people of color and members of marginalized groups. In terms of Indian nominations, this year’s Academy Awards have no Indian nominees. There have, however, been many Indian nominees and winners of the coveted Academy Award. In this blog, you will get to know about the Indian celebrities and Bollywood singers, designers, and other talented people who got either nominated for the Oscars or who have won the Oscars in different categories and made India proud. 

What are Oscar Awards?

It is the world’s oldest film awards show, and it is still broadcast live around the world. The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a collection of awards given out in the film industry for creative and technical achievement. They are considered one of the most coveted and important awards in the film industry. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the awards every year as an international acknowledgment of excellence in cinematic achievements. Any film that wins the Academy awards gets huge praise and global status for creating one history on its own.

In what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards, AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. In 1930, the Academy Awards ceremony was transmitted for the first time on the radio, and in 1953, it was broadcast live on television for the first time. Every year, when Oscar nominations are released, every filmmaker or actor wishes that they get their nomination or if they can win the most awaited Academy awards.  

5 Indians Who Won the Oscar Awards

Here’s the list of 5 Indian celebrities who have won the Oscar Awards in their respective field and their amazing work. Have a look at the 5 Indian oscar winners here:

Bhanu Athaiya – Best Costume Design

For the 1982 historical drama Movie Gandhi, Bhanu Athaiya, a renowned costume designer, received India’s first Academy Award. The designer collaborated with eminent personalities such as Guru Dutt, Yash Chopra, Raj Kapoor, B.R. Chopra, Vijay Anand, and Raj Khosla in over 100 films. Ashutosh Gowariker, amongst others. She was the first Indian citizen to win the Academy awards. She has registered her name in history and has made India so proud.

A.R. Rahman- Best Original Song and Best Original Score

Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, won big at the 81st Academy Awards. For his score in a British-Indian film, music composer A.R. Rahman became the first Indian to be nominated in three categories at the Academy Awards. The maestro made history when he won two awards: one for the original score and the other for the song “Jai Ho.”  He is one of the most renowned music composers and singers in India.

Satyajit Ray- Lifetime 

In Indian cinema, the name of Satyajit Ray as a filmmaker is historic and evergreen. His work as a film director and cinematographer defines him as an Auteur. Satyajit Ray, a revolutionary filmmaker, created some masterpieces in Indian cinema that are still used as case studies in film schools. In both Indian and Bengali cinema, the legendary filmmaker made waves. His first film, Pather Panchali, received numerous national and international awards, including the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Human Document award in 1955.

Ray received an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1992. Due to his inability to attend the event due to his hospitalization, the director gave his acceptance speech via live feed.

Resul Pookutty- Best Sound Mixing

Slumdog Millionaire’s success helped Indian talent gain international recognition. Although the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, sound engineer Resul Pookutty won the award for Best Sound Mixing at the 81st Academy Awards, making India proud. Along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, he received the award. The film, directed by famed Hollywood director Danny Boyle, told the storey of a poor Indian slum boy who wins a million rupees.

By winning the Golden Lady for Best Sound Mixing in Slumdog Millionaire, sound engineer Resul Pookutty became the third Indian to carry India Oscar glory. “I dedicate this award to my country,” Pookutty said after dedicating the trophy to a billion Indians. This isn’t just a prestigious award; it’s a piece of history that’s been bestowed upon me.”

Gulzar & A.R. Rahman- Best Original Song

For the film Slumdog Millionaire, A.R Rahman and Gulzar won the award for Best Original Song for one of  the best songs ‘Jai Ho’. A.R Rahman, the musical genius, dedicated the award to all Indians while accepting it. The song became the country’s anthem and is now one of India’s most well-known tracks.The album, which earned A.R. Rahman, his second Oscar, was written by well-known lyricist Gulzar, who also won an Oscar for Best Original Song.


So, these are the names and work of 5 Indians who won the Academy Awards for their best performances and work they have done in particularly excelled movies. Every year, we hope that any Indian movie might get an Oscar and some Indian artist wins it for the country.

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