List of Asian Academy Award winners and nominees
This is a list of Academy Award winners and nominees who have Asian ancestry. Since Hollywood is an American industry, this article will use the term Asian as defined by the United States Census Bureau: "people having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent (for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam)". In the category of Best Foreign Language Film, this list also includes films submitted by Asian countries and films in an Asian language, in addition to films with an Asian director.
This list is current as of the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards which were announced on January 14, 2016.
|1986||Ismail Merchant||A Room with a View||Nominated|| Indian descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Picture
|1989||A. Kitman Ho||Born on the Fourth of July||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
(nominated with Oliver Stone)
|1991||JFK||Nominated||(nominated with Oliver Stone)|
|1992||Ismail Merchant||Howards End||Nominated|
|1993||The Remains of the Day||Nominated||(nominated with Mike Nichols & John Calley)|
|1996||Richard Sakai||Jerry Maguire||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian American nominated for Best Picture
(nominated with James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, & Cameron Crowe)
|2000|| Ang Lee
Hsu Li Kong
|Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Nominated||All three are of Chinese descent|
|2012||Ang Lee||Life of Pi||Nominated||(nominated with Gil Netter & David Womarck)|
|Actor in a Leading Role|
|1982||Ben Kingsley||Gandhi||Mahatma Gandhi||Won|| Half-Indian descent (father is Indian)|
First Asian nominated for Best Actor
First Asian to win Best Actor
|2003||Ben Kingsley||House of Sand and Fog||Massoud Behrani||Nominated||First Asian with multiple nominations in acting categories|
|Actress in a Leading Role|
|1935||Merle Oberon||The Dark Angel||Kitty Vane||Nominated|| Part-Indian descent|
First Asian nominated for any Academy Award
First Asian nominated for Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
|Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1957||Sessue Hayakawa||The Bridge on the River Kwai||Colonel Saito||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Supporting Actor
|1966||Mako Iwamatsu||The Sand Pebbles||Po-Han||Nominated||Japanese descent|
|1984||Pat Morita||The Karate Kid||Mr. Miyagi||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian American nominated for Best Supporting Actor
|Haing S. Ngor||The Killing Fields||Dith Pran||Won|| Chinese/Cambodian descent (father is Chinese, mother is Khmer)|
First Asian to win Best Supporting Actor
This was Ngor's debut acting performance
|1991||Ben Kingsley||Bugsy||Meyer Lansky||Nominated|
|2001||Ben Kingsley||Sexy Beast||Don Logan||Nominated||Tied for third most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with four nominations|
|2003||Ken Watanabe||The Last Samurai||Lord Katsumoto||Nominated||Japanese descent|
Best Supporting Actress
|Actress in a Supporting Role|
|1957||Miyoshi Umeki||Sayonara||Katsumi Kelly||Won|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Supporting Actress
First Asian to win Best Supporting Actress
|1985||Meg Tilly||Agnes of God||Sister Agnes||Nominated|| Half-Chinese descent (father is Chinese)|
First Asian American nominated for Best Supporting Actress
|1994||Jennifer Tilly||Bullets Over Broadway||Olive Neal||Nominated||Half-Chinese descent (father is Chinese)|
|2006||Rinko Kikuchi||Babel||Chieko Wataya||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
|2010||Hailee Steinfeld||True Grit||Mattie Ross||Nominated|| One-eighth Filipino descent (maternal grandfather is half-Filipino)|
Youngest Asian nominated for Best Supporting Actress
|1965||Hiroshi Teshigahara||Woman in the Dunes||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Director
Film was nominated in previous year for Best Foreign Language Film
|1985||Akira Kurosawa||Ran||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
Four previous Kurosawa films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
|1999||M. Night Shyamalan||The Sixth Sense||Nominated||Indian descent|
|2000||Ang Lee||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
|1986||Hanif Kureishi||My Beautiful Laundrette||Nominated|| Half-Pakistani descent (father is Pakistani)|
First Asian nominated for Best Original Screenplay
|1999||M. Night Shyamalan||The Sixth Sense||Nominated|
|2006||Iris Yamashita||Letters from Iwo Jima||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
(nominated with Paul Haggis)
|2015||Ronnie del Carmen||Inside Out||Nominated|| Filipino descent|
(nominated with Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, & Josh Cooley)
Best Adapted Screenplay
|2000|| Wang Hui-ling
Tsai Kuo Jung
|Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Crane-Iron Pentalogy by Wang Dulu||Nominated|| Both are of Chinese descent|
First Asians nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
First Asian-language screenplay nominated in a writing category
(nominated with James Schamus)
|1938||James Wong Howe||Algiers||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Cinematography
|1940||Abe Lincoln in Illinois||Nominated|
|1943||Air Force||Nominated||(nominated with Elmer Dyer & Charles A. Marshall)|
|The North Star||Nominated|
|1955||The Rose Tattoo||Won||First Asian to win Best Cinematography|
|1958||The Old Man and the Sea||Nominated|
|1963||Hud||Won||First Asian to win multiple Academy Awards|
|1970|| Osami Furuya
|Tora! Tora! Tora!||Nominated|| All three are of Japanese descent|
(nominated with Charles F. Wheeler)
|1975||James Wong Howe||Funny Lady||Nominated||Most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with ten nominations|
|1985|| Takao Saito
|Ran||Nominated||All three are of Japanese descent|
|1993||Gu Changwei||Farewell My Concubine||Nominated||Chinese descent|
|1995||Lü Yue||Shanghai Triad||Nominated||Chinese descent|
|2000||Peter Pau||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Won||Chinese descent|
|2004||Zhao Xiaoding||House of Flying Daggers||Nominated||Chinese descent|
|2010||Matthew Libatique||Black Swan||Nominated|| Filipino descent|
First Asian American nominated for Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
|1975||Richard Chew||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Film Editing
First Asian American nominated for Best Film Editing
(nominated with Lynzee Klingman & Sheldon Kahn)
|1977||Star Wars||Won|| First Asian to win Best Film Editing|
First Asian American to win Best Film Editing
(won with Paul Hirsch & Marcia Lucas)
|1992||Kant Pan||The Crying Game||Nominated||Chinese descent|
|1999||Tariq Anwar||American Beauty||Nominated||Half-Indian descent (father is Indian)|
|2010||The King's Speech||Nominated|
|2014||Tom Cross||Whiplash||Won||Half-Vietnamese descent (mother is Vietnamese)|
Best Art Direction
|1952|| So Matsuyama
|Rashomon||Nominated|| Both are of Japanese descent|
First Asians nominated for Best Art Direction
|1956||Albert Nozaki||The Ten Commandments||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
(nominated with Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler, Samuel M. Comer, & Ray Moyer)
|So Matsuyama||Seven Samurai||Nominated|
|1969||George B. Chan||Gaily, Gaily||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
(nominated with Robert F. Boyle, Edward G. Boyle, & Carl Biddiscombe)
|1970|| Yoshirō Muraki
|Tora! Tora! Tora!||Nominated|| Both are of Japanese descent|
(nominated with Jack Martin Smith, Richard Day, Walter M. Scott, Norman Rockette, & Carl Biddiscombe)
|1985|| Yoshirō Muraki
|Ran||Nominated||Shinobu Muraki is of Japanese descent|
|2000||Timmy Yip||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Won|| Chinese descent|
First Asian to win Best Art Direction
|2008||James J. Murakami||Changeling||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
(nominated with Gary Fettis)
Best Costume Design
|1954||Sanzo Wada||Gate of Hell||Won|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Costume Design
First Asian to win Best Costume Design
|1955||Tadaoto Kainosho||Ugetsu||Nominated||Japanese descent|
|1956||Kohei Ezaki||Seven Samurai||Nominated||Japanese descent|
|1961||Yoshirō Muraki||Yojimbo||Nominated||Tied for third most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with four nominations|
|1982||Bhanu Athaiya||Gandhi||Won|| Indian descent|
(nominated with John Mollo)
|1985||Emi Wada||Ran||Won||Japanese descent|
|1992||Eiko Ishioka||Bram Stoker's Dracula||Won||Japanese descent|
|2000||Timmy Yip||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Nominated|
|2006||Yee Chung-Man||Curse of the Golden Flower||Nominated||Chinese descent|
|2012||Eiko Ishioka||Mirror Mirror||Nominated||Posthumous nomination|
|2013||William Chang Suk Ping||The Grandmaster||Nominated||Chinese descent|
|2006||Kazuhiro Tsuji||Click||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Makeup
(nominated with Bill Corso)
|2007||Norbit||Nominated||(nominated with Rick Baker)|
Best Original Score
|1966||Toshiro Mayuzumi||The Bible||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Original Score
|1982||Ravi Shankar||Gandhi||Nominated|| Indian descent|
First Asian nominated for both Academy and Grammy Awards
(nominated with George Fenton)
|1987|| Cong Su
|The Last Emperor||Won|| Su is of Chinese descent|
Sakamoto is of Japanese descent
First Asians to win Best Original Score
(won with David Byrne)
|2000||Tan Dun||Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon||Won||Chinese descent|
|2008||A. R. Rahman||Slumdog Millionaire||Won||Indian descent|
|2010||127 Hours||Nominated||First Asian to receive multiple Best Original Score nominations|
Best Original Song
|2000||Tan Dun||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
|Slumdog Millionaire||"O Saya"||Nominated|| M.I.A. is of Sri Lankan descent|
Rahman is the first Asian to receive three Academy Award nominations in the same year
M.I.A. is the first Asian nominated for Academy and Grammy Awards in the same year
| A. R. Rahman
|Slumdog Millionaire||"Jai Ho"||Won|| Gulzar is of Indian descent|
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|
(nominated with Mychael Danna)
|2013||Robert Lopez||Frozen||"Let It Go"||Won|| Part-Filipino descent (paternal grandfather is Filipino, paternal grandmother is part-Filipino)|
First Asian American nominated for Best Original Song
First Asian American to win Best Original Song
(nominated with Kristen Anderson-Lopez)
|Karen O||Her||"The Moon Song"||Nominated|| Half-Korean descent (mother is Korean)|
(nominated with Spike Jonze)
Best Sound Mixing
|2008||Resul Pookutty||Slumdog Millionaire||Won|| Indian descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Sound Mixing
First Asian to win Best Sound Mixing
(nominated with Ian Tapp & Richard Pryke)
Best Visual Effects
|1977||Greg Jein||Close Encounters of the Third Kind||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Visual Effects
First Asian American nominated for Best Visual Effects
(nominated with Roy Arbogast, Douglas Trumbull, Matthew Yuricich, & Richard Yuricich)
|1979||1941||Nominated||(nominated with William A. Fraker & A. D. Flowers)|
|1992||Doug Chiang||Death Becomes Her||Won|| Chinese descent|
First Asian to win Best Visual Effects
(won with Ken Ralston, Douglas Smythe, & Tom Woodruff Jr.)
|1999||Jerome Chen||Stuart Little||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
(nominated with John Dykstra, Henry F. Anderson III, & Eric Allard)
Best Animated Feature
|2002||Hayao Miyazaki||Spirited Away||Won|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Animated Feature
First Asian to win Best Animated Feature
|2005||Hayao Miyazaki||Howl's Moving Castle||Nominated|
|2011||Jennifer Yuh Nelson||Kung Fu Panda 2||Nominated|| Korean descent|
First woman to direct a Hollywood animated feature film
|2013|| Hayao Miyazaki
|The Wind Rises||Nominated||Suzuki is of Japanese descent|
|2014|| Isao Takahata
|The Tale of the Princess Kaguya||Nominated||Both are of Japanese descent|
|2015|| Hiromasa Yonebayashi
|When Marnie Was There||Nominated||Yonebayashi is of Japanese descent|
|Rosa Tran||Anomalisa||Nominated|| Vietnamese descent|
(nominated with Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson)
Best Documentary Feature
|1985||Steven Okazaki||Unfinished Business||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Documentary Feature
First Asian American nominated for Best Documentary Feature
|1988|| Renee Tajima-Peña
|Who Killed Vincent Chin?||Nominated|| Tajima-Peña is of Japanese descent|
Choy is of Chinese/Korean descent (mother is Chinese, father is Korean)
|1994||Freida Lee Mock||Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision||Won|| Chinese descent|
First Asian to win Best Documentary Feature
First Asian American to win Best Documentary Feature
(won with Terry Sanders)
|2004||Byambasuren Davaa||The Story of the Weeping Camel||Nominated|| Mongolian descent|
(nominated with Luigi Falorni)
|2008||Thavisouk Phrasavath||The Betrayal – Nerakhoon||Nominated|| Laotian descent|
(nominated with Ellen Kuras)
|2010||Audrey Marrs||Inside Job||Won||Half-Japanese descent (mother is Japanese)|
|2014||Joanna Natasegara||Virunga||Nominated||(nominated with Orlando von Einsiedel)|
|2015||Asif Kapadia||Amy||Won|| Indian descent|
(nominated with James Gay-Rees)
Best Documentary Short Subject
|Documentary Short Subject|
|1979|| Vidhu Vinod Chopra
|An Encounter with Faces||Nominated|| Both are of Indian descent|
First Asians nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject
|1982||Freida Lee Mock||To Live or Let Die||Nominated||First Asian American nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject|
|1983||Arthur Dong||Sewing Woman||Nominated||Chinese descent|
|1984||Paul T.K. Lin||The Children of Soong Ching Ling||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
(nominated with Gary Bush)
|1988||Lise Yasui||Family Gathering||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
(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 Best Documentary Short Subject|
First Asian American to win Best 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||Chinese descent|
|1998||Keiko Ibi||The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years||Won||Japanese descent|
|Shui-Bo Wang||Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square||Nominated|| Chinese descent|
(nominated with Donald McWilliams)
|2001||Freida Lee Mock||Sing!||Nominated|| Tied for second most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with five nominations|
(nominated with Jessica Sanders)
|2005||Steven Okazaki||The Mushroom Club||Nominated|
|2006||Ruby Yang||The Blood of Yingzhou District||Won|| Chinese descent|
(nominated with Thomas Lennon)
|2008||Steven Okazaki||The Conscience of Nhem En||Nominated||Tied for third most Oscar-nominated Asian of all time, with four nominations|
|2010||Ruby Yang||The Warriors of Qiugang||Nominated||(nominated with Thomas Lennon)|
|2011||Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy||Saving Face||Won|| Pakistani descent|
(nominated with Daniel Junge)
|2015||Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy||A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness||Won|
Best Animated Short Film
|Animated Short Film|
|1968||Jimmy T. Murakami||The Magic Pear Tree||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian nominated for Best Animated Short Film
First Asian American nominated for Best Animated Short Film
|1977||Ishu Patel||Bead Game||Nominated||Indian descent|
|2002||Kōji Yamamura||Mt. Head||Nominated||Japanese descent|
|2004||Sejong Park||Birthday Boy||Nominated|| Korean descent|
(nominated with Andrew Gregory)
|2008||Kunio Katō||La Maison En Petits Cubes||Won|| Japanese descent|
First Asian to win Best Animated Short Film
|2010||Shaun Tan||The Lost Thing||Won|| Half-Chinese descent (father is Chinese)|
(nominated with Andrew Ruhemann)
|2011||Minkyu Lee||Adam and Dog||Nominated||Korean descent|
|2013||Shuhei Morita||Possessions||Nominated||Japanese descent|
|2014|| Robert Kondo
|The Dam Keeper||Nominated||Both are of Japanese descent|
|2015||Sanjay Patel||Sanjay's Super Team||Nominated|| Indian descent|
(nominated with Nicole Paradis Grindle)
Best Live Action Short Film
|Live Action Short Film|
|1960||Ismail Merchant||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)
|1977||Yuki Yoshida||I'll Find a Way||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
(nominated with Beverly Shaffer)
|1982||Michael Toshiyuki Uno||The Silence||Nominated|| Japanese descent|
First Asian American nominated for Best Live Action Short Film
(nominated with Joseph Benson)
|1997||Chris Tashima||Visas and Virtue||Won|| Half-Japanese descent (father is Japanese)|
First Asian American to win Best Live Action Short Film
(nominated with Chris Donahue)
|2004||Ashvin Kumar||Little Terrorist||Nominated||Indian descent|
|2005||Pia Clemente||Our Time is Up||Nominated|| Filipino descent|
(nominated with Rob Pearlstein)
|2013||Baldwin Li||The Voorman Problem||Nominated||(nominated with Mark Gill)|
|2014||Hu Wei||Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)||Nominated||(nominated with Julien Ferét)|
Best Foreign Language Film
|Foreign Language Film|
|Akira Kurosawa||Won||Special Honorary Award|
|1954|| Gate of Hell
|Teinosuke Kinugasa||Won||Special Honorary Award|
|1955|| Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
|Hiroshi Inagaki||Won||Special Honorary Award|
|1956|| Harp of Burma
(Biruma no tategoto)
|Masayuki Takagi||Nominated||First Asian country nominated for competitive award in category|
|1957||India|| Mother India
|Mehboob Khan||Nominated|| First Asian musical film nominated in category |
First South Asian country nominated in category
|1961||Japan|| Immortal Love
(Eien no hito)
|1963|| Twin Sisters of Kyoto
|1964|| Woman in the Dunes
(Suna no onna)
|1967|| Portrait of Chieko
|1974|| Sandakan No. 8
(Sandakan hachibanshokan bohkyo)
|1980|| Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)
|Akira Kurosawa||Nominated||Fourth Kurosawa film nominated or awarded in Foreign Language Film category|
|1981|| Muddy River (film)
(Doro no kawa)
|1988||India|| Salaam Bombay!
|1990||China|| Jú Dòu
| Zhang Yimou
|1991||Hong Kong|| Raise the Red Lantern
(Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà)
|1993|| Farewell My Concubine
(Bàwáng Bié Jī)
|Vietnam|| The Scent of Green Papaya
(Mùi đu đủ xanh)
|Anh Hung Tran||Nominated|
|Taiwan|| The Wedding Banquet
|1994|| Eat Drink Man Woman
(yǐn shí nán nǚ)
|1999||Nepal||Himalaya(हिमालय)||Eric Valli||Nominated||First Nepalese film nominated in Best Foreign Language Film category.|
|2000||Taiwan|| Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
|Ang Lee||Won||First Asian country to win competitive award in category|
|2003||Japan|| The Twilight Samurai
|Deepa Mehta||Nominated||Indo-Canadian Hindi-language film|
|Sergei Bodrov||Nominated||Mongolian-language film|
|Yojiro 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.
|2013||Cambodia||The Missing Picture||Rithy Panh||Nominated|
|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|
|2014||Hayao Miyazaki||Honorary Academy Award|
|2016||Jackie Chan||Honorary Academy Award|
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