List of indigenous Academy Award winners and nominees

Buffy Sainte-Marie is the only indigenous person to have ever won a competitive Academy Award.
Yalitza Aparicio was nominated for her acting debut in 2018's Roma.

This is a list of indigenous people who have won or been nominated for Academy Awards.

Best PictureEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Status Milestone/Notes Ref.
2019
(92nd)
Taika Waititi
Chelsea Winstanley
  Māori Jojo Rabbit Pending Husband-wife team
Shared with Carthew Neal.

Best ActressEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Status Milestone/Notes Ref.
2003
(76th)
Keisha Castle-Hughes   Māori Whale Rider Nominated Debut performance [1]
2018
(91st)
Yalitza Aparicio   Mixtec & Trique
(Native Mexican)
Roma Nominated [2]

Best Supporting ActorEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Status Milestones/Notes Ref.
1970
(43rd)
Chief Dan George   Coast Salish
(Indigenous Canadian)
Little Big Man Nominated [3]
1990
(63rd)
Graham Greene Oneida
(Indigenous Canadian)
Dances With Wolves Nominated [4]

Best Supporting ActressEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Status Milestones/Notes Ref.
1966
(39th)
Jocelyne LaGarde   Tahitian Hawaii Nominated First indigenous person to be nominated in any category.
The only person ever nominated for their first and only acting performance.
[5]

Best Adapted ScreenplayEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Status Milestone/Notes Ref.
2019
(92nd)
Taika Waititi   Māori Jojo Rabbit Pending

Best Original SongEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Song Status Milestones/Notes Ref.
1982
(55th)
Buffy Sainte-Marie  
 
Cree
(Indigenous Canadian)
An Officer and a Gentleman "Up Where We Belong" Won First and only indigenous person to win a competitive Academy Award.
Shared with Jack Nitzsche and Will Jennings.
[6][7]

Best Short Film, Live ActionEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Status Milestone/Notes Ref.
2004
(77th)
Taika Waititi   Māori Two Cars, One Night Nominated Shared with Ainsley Gardiner.

Honorary AwardEdit

Year
(Ceremony)
Name Country Ethnic group(s) Film Status Milestone/Notes Ref.
2019
(92nd)
Wes Studi   Cherokee
(Native American)
N/A Won The first and only indigenous person to be awarded an Honorary Award.

ReferencesEdit