List of Asian Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Academy Award winners and nominees who are from Asia. In the category of Best Foreign Language Film, this list also includes films submitted by Asian countries and films in Asian languages, in addition to films with Asian directors. This list is current as of the 91st Academy Awards.

Best Picture[edit]

Best Picture
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1986 Ismail Merchant India A Room with a View Nominated Indian descent[1]
First Asian nominated for Best Picture
1992 Howards End Nominated
1993 The Remains of the Day Nominated (nominated with Mike Nichols & John Calley)
2000 Ang Lee
William Kong
Hsu Li-kong
Taiwan
Hong Kong
China
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated All three are of Chinese descent[2][3][4]
2012 Ang Lee Taiwan Life of Pi Nominated (nominated with Gil Netter & David Womarck)

Best Actor[edit]

Actor in a Leading Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone/Notes
1971 Topol Israel Fiddler on the Roof Tevye Nominated First Israeli nominated in any category.
First Middle Eastern person nominated for an acting award.

Best Actress[edit]

Actress in a Leading Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone/Notes
1935 Merle Oberon British Raj The Dark Angel Kitty Vane Nominated Part-Indian and Maori (Polynesian) descent[5]
First Asian nominated for any Academy Award
First Asian nominated for Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor[edit]

Actor in a Supporting Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone/Notes
1957 Sessue Hayakawa Japan The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Saito Nominated Japanese descent[6]
First Asian man to be nominated for an acting Academy Award.
1966 Mako Iwamatsu The Sand Pebbles Po-Han Nominated Japanese descent[7]
1984 Haing S. Ngor Cambodia The Killing Fields Dith Pran Won Chinese/Cambodian descent (father is Chinese, mother is Khmer)[8]
First Asian to win Best Supporting Actor
This was Ngor's debut acting performance
2003 Ken Watanabe Japan The Last Samurai Lord Katsumoto Nominated Japanese descent[9]

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Actress in a Supporting Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone/Notes
1957 Miyoshi Umeki Japan Sayonara Katsumi Kelly Won Japanese descent[10]
First Asian nominated for Best Supporting Actress
First Asian to win an acting award.
2003 Shohreh Aghdashloo Iran/United States House of Sand and Fog Nadereh "Nadi" Behrani Nominated First and only Iranian to date to be nominated for an acting award.
First Middle Eastern woman to be nominated for an acting award.
2006 Rinko Kikuchi Japan Babel Chieko Wataya Nominated Japanese descent[11]
First role that used Japanese sign language to be nominated

Best Director[edit]

Director
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1965 Hiroshi Teshigahara Japan Woman in the Dunes Nominated Japanese descent[12]
First Asian nominated for Best Director
Film was nominated in previous year for Best Foreign Language Film
1985 Akira Kurosawa Ran Nominated Japanese descent[13]
Four previous Kurosawa films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2000 Ang Lee Taiwan Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2005 Brokeback Mountain Won First Asian to win Best Director
First person of color to win Best Director
2012 Life of Pi Won Tied for second most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with five nominations
(not including nominations in Foreign Language Film category)

Best Original Screenplay[edit]

Original Screenplay
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
2011 Asghar Farhadi Iran A Separation Nominated First screenplay written in Farsi to be nominated for a screenplay award.
2015 Ronnie del Carmen Philippines Inside Out Nominated Filipino descent[14]
(nominated with Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, & Josh Cooley)
2017 Kumail Nanjiani Pakistan/United States The Big Sick Nominated Pakistani descent[15]
(nominated with Emily V. Gordon)

Best Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Adapted Screenplay
Year Name Country Film Adapted From Status Notes
2000 Wang Hui-ling
Kuo Jung Tsai
Taiwan
China
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Crane-Iron Pentalogy by Wang Dulu Nominated Both are of Chinese descent[2]
First Asian-language screenplay nominated in a writing category
(nominated with James Schamus)

Best Cinematography[edit]

Cinematography
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1970 Osami Furuya
Sinsaku Himeda
Masamichi Satoh
Japan Tora! Tora! Tora! Nominated All three are of Japanese descent[16]
(nominated with Charles F. Wheeler)
1985 Takao Saito
Masaharu Ueda
Asakazu Nakai
Ran Nominated All three are of Japanese descent[17][18]
1993 Gu Changwei China Farewell My Concubine Nominated Chinese descent[19]
1995 Lü Yue Shanghai Triad Nominated Chinese descent[20]
2000 Peter Pau Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won Chinese descent[2]
2004 Zhao Xiaoding House of Flying Daggers Nominated Chinese descent[21]

Best Film Editing[edit]

Film Editing
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1992 Kant Pan Hong Kong/Malaysia/Singapore The Crying Game Nominated Chinese descent[22]

Best Production Design[edit]

Production Design
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1952 So Matsuyama
H. Motsumoto
Japan Rashomon Nominated Both are of Japanese descent[23]
First Asians nominated for Best Art Direction
1956 Albert Nozaki The Ten Commandments Nominated Japanese descent[24]
(nominated with Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler, Samuel M. Comer, & Ray Moyer)
So Matsuyama Seven Samurai Nominated
1970 Yoshirō Muraki
Taizô Kawashima
Tora! Tora! Tora! Nominated Both are of Japanese descent[25]
(nominated with Jack Martin Smith, Richard Day, Walter M. Scott, Norman Rockette, & Carl Biddiscombe)
1980 Yoshirō Muraki Kagemusha Nominated
1985 Yoshirō Muraki
Shinobu Muraki
Ran Nominated Shinobu Muraki is of Japanese descent[26]
2000 Timmy Yip Hong Kong Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won Chinese descent[2]
First Asian to win Best Art Direction

Best Costume Design[edit]

Costume Design
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1954 Sanzo Wada Japan Gate of Hell Won Japanese descent[27]
First Asian nominated for Best Costume Design
First Asian to win Best Costume Design
1955 Tadaoto Kainosho Ugetsu Nominated Japanese descent[28]
1956 Kohei Ezaki Seven Samurai Nominated Japanese descent[29]
1961 Yoshirō Muraki Yojimbo Nominated Tied for third most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with four nominations
1970 Ray Aghayan Iran Gaily, Gaily Nominated First Iranian to be nominated for an Academy Award.
1973 Lady Sings the Blues Nominated
1976 Funny Lady Nominated
1982 Bhanu Athaiya India Gandhi Won Indian descent[30]
(Shared with John Mollo)
1985 Emi Wada Japan Ran Won Japanese descent[31]
1992 Eiko Ishioka Bram Stoker's Dracula Won Japanese descent[32]
2000 Timmy Yip Hong Kong Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2006 Yee Chung-Man Curse of the Golden Flower Nominated Chinese descent[33]
2012 Eiko Ishioka Japan Mirror Mirror Nominated Posthumous nomination
2013 William Chang Suk Ping Hong Kong The Grandmaster Nominated Chinese descent[34]

Best Makeup and Hairstyling[edit]

Makeup and Hairstyling
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
2006 Kazuhiro Tsuji Japan Click Nominated Japanese descent[35]
First Asian nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
(nominated with Bill Corso)
2007 Norbit Nominated (nominated with Rick Baker)
2017 Darkest Hour Won First Asian to win for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
(nominated with David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick)

Best Original Score[edit]

Original Score
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1966 Toshiro Mayuzumi Japan The Bible Nominated Japanese descent[36]
First Asian nominated for Best Original Score
1982 Ravi Shankar India Gandhi Nominated Indian descent[37]
First Asian nominated for both Academy and Grammy Awards
(nominated with George Fenton)
1987 Cong Su
Ryuichi Sakamoto
China
Japan
The Last Emperor Won Su is of Chinese descent[38]
Sakamoto is of Japanese descent[39]
First Asians to win Best Original Score
(won with David Byrne)
2000 Tan Dun China Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won Chinese descent[2]
2008 A. R. Rahman India Slumdog Millionaire Won Indian descent[40]
2010 127 Hours Nominated First Asian to receive multiple Best Original Score nominations

Best Original Song[edit]

Original Song
Year Name Country Film Song Status Notes
2000 Tan Dun China Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon "A Love Before Time" Nominated First Asian nominated for Best Original Song
(nominated with Jorge Calandrelli & James Schamus)
2008 A. R. Rahman India Slumdog Millionaire "O Saya" Nominated M.I.A. is of Sri Lankan descent[41]
Rahman is the first Asian to receive three Academy Award nominations in the same year
Shared nomination with M.I.A..
A. R. Rahman
Gulzar
Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho" Won Gulzar is of Indian descent[42]
First Asians to win Best Original Song
Rahman is the first Asian to win two Oscars in the same year
2010 A. R. Rahman 127 Hours "If I Rise" Nominated (nominated with Rollo Armstrong & Dido)
2012 Bombay Jayashri Life of Pi "Pi's Lullaby" Nominated Indian descent[43]
(nominated with Mychael Danna)

Best Sound Mixing[edit]

Sound Mixing
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
2008 Resul Pookutty India Slumdog Millionaire Won Indian descent[44]
First Asian to win Best Sound Mixing
(nominated with Ian Tapp & Richard Pryke)
2016 Ai-Ling Lee Singapore La La Land Nominated Singaporean-Chinese descent
First Asian woman to be nominated for Sound Mixing
(nominated with Steve A. Morrow)
2018 First Man Nominated (nominated with Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Mary H. Ellis)

Best Sound Editing[edit]

Sound Editing
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
2006 Kami Asgar Iran Apocalypto Nominated First and only Middle Eastern to date to be nominated for Best Sound Editing
2016 Ai-Ling Lee Singapore La La Land Nominated Singaporean-Chinese descent
First Asian woman nominated for Best Sound Editing
(nominated with Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
2018 First Man Nominated (nominated with Mildred Iatrou Morgan)

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Visual Effects
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1996 Habib Zargarpour Iran Twister Nominated (Nominated with Stefan Fangmeier, John Frazier, and Henry LaBounta)
2000 The Perfect Storm Nominated (Nominated with Stefan Fangmeier, John Frazier, and Walt Conti)

Best Animated Feature[edit]

Animated Feature
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
2002 Hayao Miyazaki Japan Spirited Away Won Japanese descent[45]
First Asian nominated for Best Animated Feature
First Asian to win Best Animated Feature
2005 Howl's Moving Castle Nominated
2007 Marjane Satrapi Iran Persepolis Nominated Only Middle Eastern person ever nominated in this category
(Nominated with Vincent Paronnaud)
2013 Hayao Miyazaki
Toshio Suzuki
Japan The Wind Rises Nominated Suzuki is of Japanese descent[45]
2014 Isao Takahata
Yoshiaki Nishimura
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Nominated Both are of Japanese descent[46][47]
2015 Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Yoshiaki Nishimura
When Marnie Was There Nominated Yonebayashi is of Japanese descent[47]
2016 Toshio Suzuki The Red Turtle Nominated (nominated with Michael Dudok de Wit)
2017 Ramsey Naito The Boss Baby Nominated Japanese father[48]
(nominated with Tom McGrath)
2018 Mamoru Hosoda
Yuichiro Saito
Mirai Nominated

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

Documentary Feature
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1988 Christine Choy China/South Korea Who Killed Vincent Chin? Nominated Shared nomination with Renee Tajima-Peña.
2004 Byambasuren Davaa Mongolia The Story of the Weeping Camel Nominated Mongolian descent[49]
(nominated with Luigi Falorni)
2008 Thavisouk Phrasavath Laos The Betrayal – Nerakhoon Nominated Laotian descent[50]
(nominated with Ellen Kuras)
2012 Emad Burnat
Guy Davidi
State of Palestine
Israel
5 Broken Cameras Nominated
Estelle Fialon
Philippa Kowarsky
Dror Moreh
Israel The Gatekeepers Nominated
2018 Bing Liu China/United States Minding the Gap Nominated Chinese descent[51]

Best Documentary Short Subject[edit]

Documentary Short Subject
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1979 K.K. Kapil India An Encounter with Faces Nominated Indian descent[52][53]
First Asian nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject
2006 Ruby Yang China The Blood of Yingzhou District Won Chinese descent[54]
(nominated with Thomas Lennon)
2010 The Warriors of Qiugang Nominated (nominated with Thomas Lennon)
2011 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Pakistan Saving Face Won Pakistani descent[55]
(nominated with Daniel Junge)
2015 A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness Won

Best Animated Short Film[edit]

Animated Short Film
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1977 Ishu Patel India Bead Game Nominated Indian descent[56]
1984 Paradise Nominated
2002 Kōji Yamamura Japan Mt. Head Nominated Japanese descent[47]
2004 Sejong Park South Korea Birthday Boy Nominated Korean descent[57]
(nominated with Andrew Gregory)
2008 Kunio Katō Japan La Maison En Petits Cubes Won Japanese descent[58]
First Asian to win Best Animated Short Film
2013 Shuhei Morita Possessions Nominated Japanese descent[59]
2014 Daisuke Tsutsumi The Dam Keeper Nominated Shared nomination with Robert Kondo.
2018 Ru Kuwahata Japan Negative Space Nominated Shared nomination with Max Porter.

Best Live Action Short Film[edit]

Live Action Short Film
Year Name Country Film Status Notes
1960 Ismail Merchant India The Creation of Woman Nominated First Asian nominated for Best Live Action Short Film
Tied for third most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with four nominations
(nominated with Charles F. Schwep)
2004 Ashvin Kumar Little Terrorist Nominated Indian descent[60]
2014 Hu Wei China Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) Nominated (nominated with Julien Ferét)
Oded Binnun
Mihal Brezis
Israel Aya Nominated
2018 Guy Nattiv Skin Won Shared with his wife, Jaime Ray Newman.

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

Foreign Language Film
Year Country Film Director Status Notes
1951 Japan Rashômon
羅生門
Akira Kurosawa Won Special Honorary Award
1954 Gate of Hell
(Jigokumon)
地獄門
Teinosuke Kinugasa Won
1955 Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
宮本武蔵
Hiroshi Inagaki Won
1956 Harp of Burma
(Biruma no tategoto)
ビルマの竪琴
Masayuki Takagi Nominated First Asian country nominated for competitive award in category
1957 India Mother India
(Bharat Mata)
भारत माता
Mehboob Khan Nominated First Asian musical film nominated in category
First South Asian country nominated in category
1961 Japan Immortal Love
(Eien no hito)
永遠の人
Keisuke Kinoshita Nominated
1963 Twin Sisters of Kyoto
(Koto)
古都
Noboru Nakamura Nominated
1964 Israel Sallah
סאלח שבת
Ephraim Kishon Nominated
Japan Woman in the Dunes
(Suna no onna)
砂の女
Hiroshi Teshigahara Nominated
1965 Kwaidan
怪談
Masaki Kobayashi Nominated
1967 Portrait of Chieko
(Chieko-sho)
智恵子抄
Noboru Nakamura Nominated
1971 Dodes'ka-Den
どですかでん
Akira Kurosawa Nominated
Israel The Policeman
(Hashoter Azulai)
השוטר אזולאי
Ephraim Kishon Nominated
1972 I Love You Rosa
(Ani Ohev Otakh Rozah)
אני אוהב אותך רוזה
Moshé Mizrahi Nominated
1973 The House on Chelouche Street
(Habayit Birkhov Chelouche)
הבית ברחוב שלוש
Nominated
1975 Japan Sandakan No. 8
(Sandakan hachibanshokan bohkyo)
サンダカン八番娼館 望郷
Kei Kumai Nominated
1977 Israel Operation Thunderbolt
(Mivtza Yonatan)
מבצע יונתן
Menahem Golan Nominated
1980 Japan Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)
影武者
Akira Kurosawa Nominated
1981 Muddy River (film)
(Doro no kawa)
泥の河
Kohei Oguri Nominated
1984 Israel Beyond the Walls
(Me'akhorei Hasoragim)
מאחורי הסורגים
Uri Barbash Nominated
1988 India Salaam Bombay!
सलाम बॉम्बे
Mira Nair Nominated
1990 China Jú Dòu
菊豆
Zhang Yimou
Yang Fengliang
Nominated
1991 Hong Kong Raise the Red Lantern
(Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà)
大紅燈籠高高掛
Zhang Yimou Nominated
1993 Farewell My Concubine
(Bàwáng Bié Jī)
霸王別姬
Chen Kaige Nominated
Vietnam The Scent of Green Papaya
(Mùi đu đủ xanh)
Anh Hung Tran Nominated
Taiwan The Wedding Banquet
(Xǐyàn)
喜宴
Ang Lee Nominated
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman
(yǐn shí nán nǚ)
飲食男女
Nominated
1999 Nepal Himalaya
हिमालय
Eric Valli Nominated First Nepalese film nominated in Best Foreign Language Film category.
2000 Taiwan[61] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(Wòhǔ Cánglóng)
臥虎藏龍
Ang Lee Won First Asian country to win competitive award in category
2001 India Lagaan
लगान
Ashutosh Gowariker Nominated
2002 China Hero
(Yīngxióng)
英雄
Zhang Yimou Nominated
2003 Japan The Twilight Samurai
(Tasogare Seibei)
たそがれ清兵衛
Yoji Yamada Nominated
2005 Palestine Paradise Now
الجنّة الآن
Hany Abu-Assad Nominated
2007 Kazakhstan[note 1] Mongol
Монгол
Sergei Bodrov Nominated Mongolian-language film
Israel Beaufort
(Beaufort)
בופור
Joseph Cedar Nominated
2008 Waltz with Bashir
(Vals Im Bashir)
ואלס עם באשיר
Ari Folman Nominated
Japan Departures
(Okuribito)
おくりびと
Yōjirō Takita Won 4th most winning country of all time with 4 awards.
5th most Oscar-nominated country with 12 competitive nominations.
Most winning and nominated Asian country.
2009 Israel Ajami
(Agami)
عجمي / עג'מי
Copti and Yaron Shani Nominated
2011 Footnote
(
He'arat Shulayyim)
הערת שוליים
Joseph Cedar Nominated
2012 Iran A Separation
(Jodaí-e Nadér az Simín)
جدایی نادر از سیمین‎
Asghar Farhadi Won First Iranian film to win the award.
First Iranian film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
2013 Cambodia The Missing Picture
(L'Image manquant)
Rithy Panh Nominated
Palestine Omar
عمر
Hany Abu-Assad Nominated
2017 Iran The Salesman
(Forušande)
فروشنده
Asghar Farhadi Won Farhadi did not attend the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in protest of the U.S. Executive Order 13769.
Lebanon The Insult
قضية رقم ٢٣
Ziad Doueiri Nominated
2018 Japan Shoplifters
(Manbiki Kazoku)
万引き家族
Hirokazu Kore-eda Nominated
Lebanon Capernaum
کفرناحوم‎
Nadine Labaki Nominated

Non-Competitive Awards[edit]

Non-Competitive Awards
Year Name Country Award
1989 Akira Kurosawa Japan Honorary Academy Award[62]
To Akira Kurosawa for accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world.
1991 Satyajit Ray India Honorary Academy Award[63]
To 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.
2014 Hayao Miyazaki Japan Honorary Academy Award[64]
To Hayao Miyazaki, a master storyteller whose animated artistry has inspired filmmakers and audiences around the world.
2016 Jackie Chan Hong Kong Honorary Academy Award[65]
To Jackie Chan, an international film star who has captivated millions with his wit, boundless energy and unparalleled athletic artistry.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The film was shot in Mongolian and Mandarin.

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