The Academy has faced scrutiny for their all-white representation in all categories since its inception.
At a time when white actors painted their skin black, and when black representatives were coerced into sitting at the back, the academy began to
From Hattie McDonald, who won
Yesterday, Indian documentary 'Period. the end of sentence' won the award making it big for the project which was initially
India is the biggest producer of films in the world with over 800 films produced annually. Thus, Indians have been part of the Academy's journey.
Here are the major achievements of India at the Oscars:
Mother India became the first ever Indian film to be nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar in the year 1957. It is a proto-feminist film, directed by Mehboob Khan, starring Nargis Dutt about Radha, who is seen as the 'mother' of the village. A woman who punished her own son for misbehaving with a girl. The film lost to 'Night of Cabiria' and director Khan expressed his disappointment at the time.
In 1988, Mira Nair made this film about
Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan was a blockbuster in India which earned several accolades overseas. The film is about Indian farmers, who are burdened by high taxes at a time of intense poverty, challenged by the British soldiers for a game of cricket. If the farmers win, then they will have tax exemption for three years. Lagaan is the only Indian film listed as number 14 on Channel 4's "50 Films to See Before You Die". Producer
Costume designer Bhanu Athiya won the best costume designer award for her work in the Oscar-winning film 'Gandhi' directed by late Richard Attenborough.
Ace filmmaker Satyajit Ray won the honorary Oscar for his contribution to cinema in the year 1992. Ray collected his award days before dying.
India's ultimate victory was when maestro of music AR Rahman collected two trophies for his acclaimed work in the film 'Slumdog Millionaire'. The song 'Jai Ho' won Oscar for best song.
South Indian sound mixer Resul Pookutty took home an Oscar in the same year for his work in 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
Indian actor Dev Patel who was
Hollywood films based on stories in India such as 'Gandhi', 'Passage to India', 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Life of Pi' and 'Lion' received respective recognitions in the best picture category.