For most filmmakers around the world, the Academy Awards, or the Oscars, have been the gold standard (haha, get it?) of achievement cinematically. And though Indian cinema and technicians have made advancements over the last few years, there’s plenty of competition that holds us back. But these Indian celebrities have made their mark on the Oscars, one way or another. Take a look…
Oscar moment – Shukla is responsible for making Schirkoa, the first Indian film that made it to the longlist in the Best Animated Short Film category this year. While he missed out on the top 10, he did win the laurel for Best Animated Short at the LA Shorts Fest earlier this year.
A R Rahman
His achievement hardly goes unnoticed. Winning two Oscars in his maiden year as nominee – Best Original Song for Jai Ho and Best Original Score, both for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman was in the running yet again for his work on the film, 127 Hours.
Also winning his Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, but for Best Sound Mixing, Resul Pookutty became a known name in a matter of hours, after he bagged the shared honour with teammates Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp.
Etching his name in the annals of history as the youngest Indian Oscar nominee, the filmmaker was nominated for Best Short Subject (Live Action) for his film Little Terrorist, which was an official selection to no less than 130 film festivals globally.
As if this iconic moment can be forgotten. Ashutosh Gowariker, along with the team of Lagaan (which included Aamir Khan as actor and producer) was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 2002, though it didn’t come home with a gold statue, after making it to the final shortlist.
The first and only Indian to receive an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Satyajit Ray was awarded his Oscar merely twenty-four days before he succumbed to his ill health and passed away in 1992.
A prolific filmmaker, with titles like Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, and the more recent Queen of Katwe to her credit, the Indian-American filmmaker was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989 for her film Salaam Bombay!
Winning her first Oscar for the film Gandhi, Bhanu Athaiya took home the gold statue for her work in the Costume Design department in 1983, which made her the first Indian to bring home an Academy Award.
Pandit Ravi Shankar’s impact on the world is well-known, what with his international tours and his collaboration with The Beatles. He too was nominated for an Oscar in 1983, for Best Original Score, for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, though he didn’t secure a win.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Fun fact: director and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, too, was once nominated for an Oscar, along with KK Kapil, for the film An Encounter With Faces, in the category of Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 1979.
The first Indian to break through the Oscar barrier was Mehboob Khan, who, back in 1958, was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film, for the iconic Mother India. A pioneer in every right!
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