List Of Indian Oscar Winners

About Oscar Awards

The Academy Awards, famously known as the Oscars, are prestigious accolades celebrating excellence in the movie industry. Presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1929, these awards honor outstanding artistic and technical achievements. Held at the renowned Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, the Oscars are regarded as the pinnacle of recognition for talents worldwide. Winners often experience a surge in career opportunities, elevated pay scales, and international acclaim, solidifying the Oscars’ status as the most coveted honor in the film industry.

1. Indians Who Won the Oscar Awards

1.1 Bhanu Athaiya

Category Best Costume Design

Bhanu Athaiya made history as the first Indian to win an Oscar. Renowned for her exceptional talent in costume design, she earned the prestigious award for her work on the 1982 film “Gandhi.” Athaiya’s illustrious career has seen her collaborate with prominent figures in both Bollywood and Hollywood, leaving an indelible mark on the world of cinema.

1.2 Satyajit Ray

Category Honorary Award

Satyajit Ray stands as an iconic figure in Indian Cinema, celebrated for his unparalleled filmmaking prowess. His cinematic masterpieces are revered worldwide and serve as invaluable case studies for aspiring filmmakers. Ray’s groundbreaking debut, “Pather Panchali,” garnered acclaim, including the prestigious Best Human Document award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. His enduring legacy was further solidified with an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, cementing his indelible mark on both Indian and Bengali cinema.

1.3 Resul Pookutty

Category Best Sound Mixing

Resul Pookutty, a distinguished sound engineer, clinched the prestigious Best Sound Mixing award at the 81st Oscars for his remarkable work in the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” Sharing the honor with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, Pookutty graciously dedicated the accolade to his homeland in a stirring acceptance speech, echoing his pride for the nation.

1.4 A.R. Rahman

Category Best Original Score and Best Original Song

A.R. Rahman, the celebrated music composer, scripted history by becoming the first Indian nominated in three categories. He clinched two prestigious awards, one for the original score and another for the iconic track “Jai Ho.”

1.5 Gulzar

Category Best Original Song

The iconic “Jai Ho” song, hailed as one of India’s greatest masterpieces, received multiple nominations at the 81st Academy Awards and clinched the award for its unparalleled originality. Esteemed lyricist Gulzar was honored with an Oscar in the esteemed category of Best Original Song for his remarkable contribution.

1.6 Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga

Category Best Documentary Short

At the 95th Academy Awards, Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga made history as their Netflix documentary short, ‘The Elephant Whisperers,’ clinched the coveted Oscar for Best Documentary Short. This landmark achievement marks the duo’s distinction as the first Indian filmmakers to secure competitive Oscars.

1.7 M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose

Category Best Original Song

At the 95th Academy Awards, the song ‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ clinched the prestigious Oscar for Best Original Song. Crafted by MM Keeravani, with poignant lyrics penned by Chandrabose and soulful vocals delivered by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, it’s a testament to exceptional talent and creativity.