List of Asian Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Asian Academy Award winners and nominees. This list includes Academy Award winners and nominees who have Asian nationality or citizenship, but not descendants of Asian ancestry living abroad. As Asia is a large and diverse region with a massive variety of racial and ethnic groups, this list is not expected to limit itself to the cinematic achievements of those with Far Eastern or Southern Asian nationalities. For the category of Foreign Language Film, this list also includes Asian countries, or films in an Asian language, in addition to films with an Asian director.

This list is current as of the nominees and winners for the 85th Academy Awards which took place on February 24, 2013.

Best Picture[edit]

Best Picture
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1986 Ismail Merchant A Room with a View Nominated First Asian nominated for Best Picture
1989 A. Kitman Ho Born on the Fourth of July Nominated Nominated with Oliver Stone
1991 A. Kitman Ho JFK Nominated Nominated with Oliver Stone
1992 Ismail Merchant Howards End Nominated
1993 Ismail Merchant The Remains of the Day Nominated Tied for third most-nominated Asian, with 4 (including recognition in Live Action Short Film category)
Nominated with Mike Nichols, John Calley
1996 Richard Sakai Jerry Maguire Nominated Nominated with James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, Cameron Crowe
2000 Ang Lee
William Kong
Li-Kong Hsu
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2012 Ang Lee Life of Pi Nominated Nominated with Gil Netter and David Womarck

Best Actor[edit]

Actor in a Leading Role
Year Name Film Role Status Milestone
1956 Yul Brynner The King and I King Mongkut of Siam Won First Asian to win the Best Actor award. (Yul Brynner was born in Russia and is of Mongolian and Buryat descent.)
1982 Ben Kingsley Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Won First Best Actor winner of South Asian descent (Father was Indian from Kenya.)
2003 Ben Kingsley House of Sand and Fog Massoud Behrani Nominated First Asian with multiple Academy award nominations in acting categories

Best Actress[edit]

Actress in a Leading Role
Year Name Nationality Film Role Status Milestone
1935 Merle Oberon Indian The Dark Angel Kitty Vane Nominated First Asian nominated for any Academy Award, and the first Asian nominated for Best Lead Actress.

Best Supporting Actor[edit]

Actor in a Supporting Role
Year Name Film Role Status Milestone
1957 Sessue Hayakawa The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Saito Nominated First Asian nominated for Supporting Actor
1966 Mako The Sand Pebbles Po-Han Nominated
1984 Pat Morita The Karate Kid Mr. Miyagi Nominated First Asian American (American-born) nominated for Supporting Actor
Haing S. Ngor The Killing Fields Dith Pran Won First Asian to win for Supporting Actor
Debut performance
1991 Ben Kingsley Bugsy Meyer Lansky Nominated First Asian with multiple nominations in acting categories
2001 Ben Kingsley Sexy Beast Don Logan Nominated
2003 Ken Watanabe The Last Samurai Lord Katsumoto Nominated

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

Actress in a Supporting Role
Year Name Nationality Film Role Status Milestone
1957 Miyoshi Umeki Japanese Sayonara Katsumi Kelly Won First Asian to win for Supporting Actress
1985 Meg Tilly Chinese Agnes of God Sister Agnes Nominated
1994 Jennifer Tilly Chinese Bullets Over Broadway Olive Neal Nominated
2003 Shohreh Aghdashloo Iranian House of Sand and Fog Nadereh Behrani Nominated First Iranian to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress
2006 Rinko Kikuchi Japanese Babel Chieko Wataya Nominated Third actress nominated in category for non-speaking role
2010 Hailee Steinfeld Filipino True Grit Mattie Ross Nominated Youngest actress of Asian descent (1/4 Filipino) to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress

Best Director[edit]

Director
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1965 Hiroshi Teshigahara Woman in the Dunes Nominated First Asian nominated for Director
Film was nominated in previous year for Foreign Language Film
1985 Akira Kurosawa Ran Nominated Four previous Kurosawa films recognized in Foreign Language Film category
1999 M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense Nominated First Asian American nominated for Director
2000 Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain Won First Asian to win for Director
First non-European to win for Director
Third nomination for Lee (not including nominations in Foreign Language Film category)
2012 Ang Lee Life of Pi Won

Best Writing, Original Screenplay[edit]

Original Screenplay
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1986 Hanif Kureishi My Beautiful Laundrette Nominated First Asian nominated for writing
1999 M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense Nominated First Asian-American nominated for writing
First Asian-American nominated for Original Screenplay
2006 Iris Yamashita Letters from Iwo Jima Nominated Nominated with Paul Haggis
2011 Asghar Farhadi A Separation Nominated First time that a screenplay entirely written in an Asian language is nominated for Original Screenplay.

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Adapted Screenplay
Year Name Film Adapted From Status Milestone
2000 Hui-Ling Wang
Kuo Jung Tsai
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Crane-Iron Pentalogy, by Wang Dulu Nominated Nominated with James Schamus. First time that a screenplay written in an Asian language is nominated in any writing category.

Best Cinematography[edit]

Cinematography
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1938 James Wong Howe Algiers Nominated First Asian nominated for Cinematography
1940 James Wong Howe Abe Lincoln in Illinois Nominated
1942 James Wong Howe Kings Row Nominated
1943 James Wong Howe Air Force Nominated Nominated with Elmer Dyer, Charles A. Marshall
James Wong Howe The North Star Nominated
1955 James Wong Howe The Rose Tattoo Won First Asian to win for Cinematography
1958 James Wong Howe The Old Man and the Sea Nominated
1963 James Wong Howe Hud Won First Asian to win two Academy Awards
1966 James Wong Howe Seconds Nominated
1970 Osami Furuya
Sinsaku Himeda
Masamichi Satoh
Tora! Tora! Tora! Nominated Nominated with Charles F. Wheeler
1975 James Wong Howe Funny Lady Nominated Most-nominated Asian, with 10
1985 Takao Saito
Masaharu Ueda
Asakazu Nakai
Ran Nominated
1993 Gu Changwei Farewell My Concubine Nominated
1995 Lü Yue Shanghai Triad Nominated
1996 Darius Khondji Evita Nominated
2000 Peter Pau Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2004 Zhao Xiaoding House of Flying Daggers Nominated
2010 Matthew Libatique Black Swan Nominated

Best Film Editing[edit]

Film Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1975 Richard Chew One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nominated First Asian nominated for Film Editing
Nominated with Lynzee Klingman, Sheldon Kahn
1977 Richard Chew Star Wars Won First Asian to win for Film Editing
Shared win with Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas
1992 Kant Pan The Crying Game Nominated
1999 Tariq Anwar American Beauty Nominated
2010 Tariq Anwar The King's Speech Nominated

Best Art Direction[edit]

Art Direction
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1952 So Matsuyama
H. Motsumoto
Rashomon Nominated First Asians to be nominated for Art Direction
(black-and-white)
1956 Albert Nozaki The Ten Commandments Nominated Nominated with Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler, Samuel M. Comer, Ray Moyer
(color)
So Matsuyama Seven Samurai Nominated (black-and-white)
1969 George B. Chan Gaily, Gaily Nominated Nominated with Robert F. Boyle, Edward G. Boyle, Carl Biddiscombe
1970 Yoshirō Muraki
Taizoh Kawashima
Tora! Tora! Tora! Nominated Nominated with Jack Martin Smith, Richard Day, Walter M. Scott, Norman Rockette, Carl Biddiscombe
1980 Yoshiro Muraki Kagemusha Nominated
1985 Yoshiro Muraki
Shinobu Muraki
Ran Nominated Yoshiro Muraki ties for third most-nominated Asian, with 4 (including recognition in Costume Design category)
2000 Timmy Yip Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won First Asian to win for Art Direction
2008 James J. Murakami Changeling Nominated Nominated with Gary Fettis

Best Costume Design[edit]

Costume Design
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1954 Sanzo Wada Gate of Hell Won First Asian to win for Costume Design
(color)
1955 Tadaoto Kainosho Ugetsu Nominated (black-and-white)
1956 Kohei Ezaki Seven Samurai Nominated (black-and-white)
1961 Yoshirō Muraki Yojimbo Nominated
1982 Bhanu Athaiya Gandhi Won Nominated with John Mollo, Bhanu Athaiya is the first Indian to win an Oscar.
1985 Emi Wada Ran Won
1992 Eiko Ishioka Bram Stoker's Dracula Won
2000 Timmy Yip Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Nominated
2006 Yee Chung-Man Curse of the Golden Flower Nominated
2012 Eiko Ishioka Mirror Mirror Nominated posthumous nomination
2013 William Chang Suk Ping The Grandmaster Nominated

Best Makeup[edit]

Makeup
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2006 Kazuhiro Tsuji Click Nominated First Asian nominated for Makeup
Nominated with Bill Corso
2007 Kazuhiro Tsuji Norbit Nominated Nominated with Rick Baker

Best Music, Original Score[edit]

Original Score
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1966 Toshiro Mayuzumi The Bible Nominated First Asian nominated for music
1983 Ravi Shankar Gandhi Nominated First Asian nominated for both Oscar and Grammy Awards
Shared with George Fenton
1987 Ryuichi Sakamoto
Cong Su
The Last Emperor Won First Asians to win for music
Shared win with David Byrne
2000 Tan Dun Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won
2008 A.R. Rahman Slumdog Millionaire Won Third Asian to win two Academy Awards.
First Asian to win two Oscars in the same year.
First Asian to receive three Oscar nominations in the same year.
2010 A.R. Rahman 127 Hours Nominated First Asian to receive multiple nominations in this category.

Best Music, Original Song[edit]

Original Song
Year Name Film Song Status Milestone
2000 Tan Dun Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon "A Love Before Time" Nominated First Asian nominated for Original Song
Nominated with Jorge Calandrelli, James Schamus
2008 A.R. Rahman
M.I.A.
Slumdog Millionaire "O Saya" Nominated Rahman is first Asian nominated twice in same category for same film.
Rahman is first Asian to receive three Oscar nominations in same year.
M.I.A. is first Asian nominated for Oscar and Grammy Awards in same year.
A.R. Rahman
Gulzar
Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho" Won First Asian winner in the Original Song category.
Rahman is third Asian to win two Academy Awards.
Rahman is first Asian to win two Oscars in same year.
2010 A.R. Rahman 127 Hours "If I Rise" Nominated Nominated with Rollo Armstrong and Dido
2012 Bombay Jayashri Life of Pi "Pi's Lullaby" Nominated Nominated with Mychael Danna
2013 Robert Lopez Frozen "Let It Go" Won First Asian-American (of Filipino descent) to win Best Original Song.
Nominated with Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Karen O Her "The Moon Song" Nominated Nominated with Spike Jonze

Best Sound or Sound Mixing[edit]

Sound Mixing
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2008 Resul Pookutty Slumdog Millionaire Won First and only Asian to win for Sound Mixing.
Shared nomination with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke.

Best Sound Editing[edit]

Sound Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2006 Kami Asgar Apocalypto Nominated First and only Asian nominated for Sound Editing

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Visual Effects
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1977 Gregory Jein Close Encounters of the Third Kind Nominated First Asian nominated for Visual Effects
Nominated with Roy Arbogast, Douglas Trumbull, Matthew Yuricich, Richard Yuricich
1992 Doug Chiang Death Becomes Her Won First Asian to win for Visual Effects
Shared win with Ken Ralston, Douglas Smythe, Tom Woodruff Jr.
1996 Habib Zargarpour Twister Nominated Nominated with Stefan Fangmeier, John Frazier and Henry LaBounta
1999 Jerome Chen Stuart Little Nominated Nominated with John Dykstra, Henry F. Anderson III, Eric Allard
2000 Habib Zargarpour The Perfect Storm Nominated Nominated with Stefan Fangmeier, John Frazier, Walt Conti

Best Animated Feature[edit]

Animated Feature
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2002 Hayao Miyazaki Spirited Away Won First Asian to win Animated Feature
2005 Hayao Miyazaki Howl's Moving Castle Nominated
2007 Marjane Satrapi Persepolis Nominated Shared nomination with Vincent Paronnaud
2011 Jennifer Yuh Nelson Kung Fu Panda 2 Nominated Also the first woman of any ethnicity to solely direct a major Hollywood animated feature film.
2013 Hayao Miyazaki
Toshio Suzuki
The Wind Rises Nominated

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

Foreign Language Film
Year Country Film Director Status Milestone
1951 Japan Rashômon
羅生門
Akira Kurosawa Won Special Honorary Award
1954 Japan Gate of Hell
(Jigokumon)
地獄門
Teinosuke Kinugasa Won Special Honorary Award
1955 Japan Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
宮本武蔵
Hiroshi Inagaki Won Special Honorary Award
1956 Japan 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 Japan Twin Sisters of Kyoto
(Koto)
古都
Noboru Nakamura Nominated
1964 Japan Woman in the Dunes
(Suna no onna)
砂の女
Hiroshi Teshigahara Nominated
Israel Sallah Shabati
סאלח שבתי
Ephraim Kishon Nominated
1965 Japan Kwaidan
怪談
Masaki Kobayashi Nominated
1967 Japan Portrait of Chieko
(Chieko-sho)
智恵子抄
Noboru Nakamura Nominated
1971 Israel The Policeman
השוטר אזולאי
Ephraim Kishon Nominated
Japan Dodes'ka-Den
どですかでん
Akira Kurosawa Nominated
1972 Israel I Love You Rosa
(Ani Ohev Otach Rosa)
אני אוהב אותך רוזה
Moshé Mizrahi Nominated
1973 Israel The House on Chelouche Street
הבית ברחוב שלוש
Moshé Mizrahi Nominated
1975 Soviet Union Dersu Uzala
Дерсу Узала
Akira Kurosawa Won Second Asian to win two Academy Awards
Siberian-set Russian-language film
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
(Mivtsa Yonatan)
מבצע יונתן
Menahem Golan Nominated
1980 Japan Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)
影武者
Akira Kurosawa Nominated Fourth Kurosawa film nominated or awarded in Foreign Language Film category
1981 Japan Muddy River
(Doro no kawa)
泥の河
Kohei Oguri Nominated
1984 Israel Beyond the Walls
(e'Ahorei Hasoragim)
מאחורי הסורגים
Uri Barbash and Rudy Cohen 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 Hong Kong 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 Taiwan Eat Drink Man Woman
(yǐn shí nán nǚ)
飲食男女
Ang Lee Nominated
1996 Georgia A Chef in Love
(Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti)
შეყვარებული მზარეულის 1001 რეცეპტი
Nana Dzhordzhadze Nominated
1998 Iran Children of Heaven
(Bacheha-Ye aseman)
بچه های آسمان
Majid Majidi Nominated
1999 Nepal Himalaya(हिमालय)

Eric Valli Nominated First Nepalese film to be nominated in Best Foreign Language Film category.
2000 Taiwan 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
2006 Canada Water
वाटर
Deepa Mehta Nominated Indo-Canadian Hindi-language film
2007 Israel Beaufort
בופור
Joseph Cedar Nominated
Kazakhstan Mongol
Монгол
Sergei Bodrov Nominated Mongolian-language film
2008 Israel Waltz with Bashir
(Vals Im Bashir)
ואלס עם באשיר
Ari Folman Nominated
Japan Departures
(Okuribito)
おくりびと
Yojiro Takita Won 4th most-winning country of all time with 4 awards.
5th most-nominated country with 12 competitive nominations.
Most winning and nominated Asian country.
2009 Israel Ajami
عجمي
עג'מי
Yaron Shani
Scandar Copti
Nominated
2011 Israel Footnote Joseph Cedar Nominated
Iran A Separation
جدایی نادر از سیمین
Asghar Farhadi Won
2013 Palestine Omar Hany Abu-Assad Nominated
Cambodia The Missing Picture Rithy Panh Nominated

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

Documentary Feature
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1985 Steven Okazaki Unfinished Business Nominated First Asian nominated for Documentary Feature
1988 Rene Tajima-Pena
Christine Choy
Who Killed Vincent Chin? Nominated
1990 Mark Mori Building Bombs Nominated Nominated with Susan Robinson
1994 Freida Lee Mock Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision Won First Asian to win for Documentary Feature
Shared win with Terry Sanders
2004 Byambasuren Davaa The Story of the Weeping Camel Nominated Shared nomination with Luigi Falorni
2008 Thavisouk Phrasavath The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) Nominated Shared nomination with Ellen Kuras
2010 Audrey Marrs Inside Job Won Audrey Marrs is half-Japanese, and the sole other co-producer on the film alongside director/co-producer Charles Ferguson
2013 Jehane Noujaim
Karim Amer
The Square Nominated

Best Documentary Short Subject[edit]

Documentary Short Subject
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1979 K.K. Kapil An Encounter with Faces Nominated
1982 Freida Lee Mock To Live or Let Die Nominated
1983 Arthur Dong Sewing Woman Nominated
1984 Paul T.K. Lin The Children of Soong Ching Ling Nominated Nominated with Gary Bush
1988 Lise Yasui Family Gathering Nominated Nominated with Ann Tegnell
1990 Freida Lee Mock Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember Nominated Nominated with Terry Sanders
Steven Okazaki Days of Waiting: The Life & Art of Estelle Ishigo Won First Asian to win for Documentary Short Subject
1995 Freida Lee Mock Never Give Up: The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper Nominated Nominated with Terry Sanders
1996 Jessica Yu Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien Won
1998 Keiko Ibi The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years Won
Shui-Bo Wang Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square Nominated Nominated with Donald McWilliams
2001 Freida Lee Mock
Jessica Sanders
Sing! Nominated Mock becomes second most-nominated Asian, with 5 (including recognition in Documentary Feature category)
Mother/daughter team
2005 Steven Okazaki The Mushroom Club Nominated Third nomination for Okazaki (including recognition in Documentary Feature category)
2006 Ruby Yang The Blood of Yingzhou District Won Shared win with Thomas Lennon
2008 Steven Okazaki The Conscience of Nhem En Nominated Fourth nomination for Okazaki (including recognition in Documentary Feature category)
2010 Ruby Yang The Warriors of Qiugang Nominated Shared nomination with Thomas Lennon
2011 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Saving Face Won Shared nomination with Daniel Junge. First Pakistani filmmaker nominated for an Oscar.[1]
2013 Sara Ishaq Karama Has No Walls Nominated

Best Short Film, Animated[edit]

Animated Short Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1968 Jimmy Murakami The Magic Pear Tree Nominated First Asian nominated for Animated Short Film
1977 Ishu Patel Bead Game Nominated
1984 Ishu Patel Paradise Nominated
2002 Koji Yamamura Mt. Head Nominated
2004 Sejong Park Birthday Boy Nominated Nominated with Andrew Gregory
2008 Kunio Kato La Maison En Petits Cubes Won First Asian to win Animated Short Film
2008 Emud Mokhberi Oktapodi Nominated
2010 Shaun Tan The Lost Thing Won Shared with Andrew Ruhemann
2011 Minkyu Lee Adam and Dog Nominated
2013 Shuhei Morita Possessions Nominated

Best Short Film, Live Action[edit]

Live Action Short Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone
1960 Ismail Merchant The Creation of Woman Nominated First Asian nominated in any short film category
First Asian nominated for Live Action Short Film
Nominated with Charles F. Schwep
1977 Yuki Yoshida I'll Find a Way Nominated Nominated with Beverly Shaffer
1982 Michael Toshiyuki Uno The Silence Nominated Nominated with Joseph Benson
1997 Chris Tashima Visas and Virtue Won First Asian to win for Live Action Short Film
Nominated with Chris Donahue
2001 Shameela Bakhsh Speed for Thespians Nominated Nominated with Kalman Apple
2004 Ashvin Kumar Little Terrorist Nominated
2004 Taika Waititi Two Cars, One Night Nominated Nominated with Ainsley Gardiner
2005 Pia Clemente Our Time is Up Nominated Nominated with Rob Pearlstein
2013 Baldwin Li The Voorman Problem Nominated Nominated with Mark Gill

Non-Competitive Awards[edit]

Non-Competitive Awards
Year Name Award
1989 Akira Kurosawa Honorary Academy Award
For cinematic accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained worldwide audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world.
1991 Satyajit Ray Honorary Academy Award
For his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures and for his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.
2004 Takuo Miyagishima Gordon E. Sawyer Award

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