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15 Indians Who Have Been Nominated For or Won an Oscar

August 5, 2017
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Winning an Oscar is no easy feat. Hell, even getting nominated for an Oscar is impossibly difficult, especially if you are a non-American. Every year Oscars are handed to the achievements in filmmaking in 24 different categories. Out of those 24 categories, only one is for movies not released in US. So, for a foreign artist unless he or she has been hired to work on a film made or releasing in US, there is no chance for him or her to be even be eligible for an Oscar. With that in mind, now think again how difficult it is to get nominated for an Oscar. That’s also the reason why that in around 90 years of Oscars history, only 15 Indians have ever been nominated for (or won) an Oscar. Here’s the full list of names:

1. Mehboob Khan

Year: 1958
Film: Mother India
Category: Best Foreign Language Film
Result: Nominated

2. Ismail Merchant

Year: 1961
Film: The Creation of Woman
Category: Best Short Subject (Live Action)
Result: Nominated

Year: 1993
Film: Howards End
Category: Best Picture
Result: Nominated

Year: 1994
Film: The Remains of the Day
Category: Best Picture
Result: Nominated

Year: 1987
Film: A Room with a View
Category: Best Picture
Result: Nominated

3&4. Vidhu Vinod Chopra and K.K.Kapil

Year: 1979
Film: An Encounter with Faces
Category: Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Result: Nominated

5. Bhanu Athaiya

Year: 1983
Film: Gandhi
Category: Best Costume Design
Result: Won

6. Ravi Shankar

Year: 1983
Film: Gandhi
Category: Best Original Score
Result: Nominated

7. Mira Nair

Year: 1989
Film: Salaam Bombay!
Category: Best Foreign Language Film
Result: Nominated

8. Satyajit Ray

Year: 1992
Film: Honorary Award
Category: Received

9. Ashutosh Gowarikar

Year: 2002
Film: Lagaan
Category: Best Foreign Language Film
Result: Nominated

10. Ashvin Kumar

Year: 2005
Film: Little Terrorist
Category: Best Short Subject (Live Action)
Result: Nominated

11. Deepa Mehta

Year: 2007
Film: Water
Category: Best Foreign Language Film
Result: Nominated

12. Resul Pookutty

Year: 2009
Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Category: Best Sound Mixing
Result: Won

13. A.R.Rahman

Year: 2009
Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Category: Best Original Score
Result: Won

Year: 2009
Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Category: Best Original Song
Result: Won

Year: 2011
Film: 127 Hours
Category: Best Original Score
Result: Nominated

Year: 2011
Film: 127 Hours
Category: Best Original Song
Result: Nominated

14. Gulzar

Year: 2009
Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Category: Best Original Song
Result: Won

15. Bombay Jayashri

Year: 2013
Film: Life of Pi
Category: Best Original Song
Result: Nominated

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