List of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Polish actors, actresses, and films that have either been submitted or nominated for, or have won, an Academy Award. This list is current as of the 80th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 24, 2008. There were 12 Academy Awards given to Polish filmmakers or their work (see Foreign Film category), including two Honorary Academy Awards and a Technical Achievement Award. The category of Cinematography has the strongest presence of Polish filmmakers, with two wins (both by Janusz Kaminski) and five other nominations (including two noms for Kaminski). As of that, the cinematographer Janusz Kaminski is the most Oscar-awarded Polish filmmaker. The second most-awarded Pole was designer Anton Grot, who won one Academy Award and was nominated to the Oscars five times more. The director Roman Polanski won an Oscar and was nominated four more times (additionally, Knife in the Water, film directed and written by him was also nominated). The composer Bronislau Kaper was awarded an Oscar and was nominated three times more.

Academy Honorary Award

This list focuses on Polish-born people of the cinema.

Academy Honorary Award
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1942 Leopold Stokowski and his associates Fantasia Won "For their unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music in Walt Disney's production Fantasia, thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form." They were not awarded the Oscar statuettes, but only the Certificate of Merit. Stokowski is widely considered as Polish, besides his British-born and American-naturalised nationality.
1999 Andrzej Wajda Won "In recognition of five decades of extraordinary film direction."

Scientific and Technical Award

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Scientific and Technical Award
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1941 Anton Grot Won (Warner Bros. Studio Art Dept.). "For the design and perfection of the Warner Bros. water ripple and wave illusion machine."

Best Leading Actress

This list focuses on Polish-born actresses.

Academy Award for Best Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1967 Ida Kaminska The Shop on Main Street Nominated

Best Art Direction

This list focuses on Polish-born scenic designers.

Art Direction
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1931 Anton Grot Svengali Nominated
1937 Anton Grot Anthony Adverse Nominated
1938 Anton Grot The Life of Emile Zola Nominated
1940 Anton Grot The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Nominated
1941 Anton Grot The Sea Hawk Nominated Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
1994 Ewa Braun
Allan Starski
Schindler's List Won

Best Costume Design

This list focuses on Polish-born costume designers.

Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1994 Anna B. Sheppard Schindler's List Nominated
2003 Anna B. Sheppard The Pianist Nominated

Best Cinematography

This list focuses on Polish-born cinematographers.

Cinematography
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1993 Janusz Kamiński Schindler's List Won
1994 Piotr Sobocinski Three Colors: Red Nominated (original title: Trois couleurs: Rouge)
1997 Janusz Kamiński Amistad Nominated
1998 Janusz Kamiński Saving Private Ryan Won
2001 Slawomir Idziak Black Hawk Down Nominated
2002 Pawel Edelman The Pianist Nominated
2007 Janusz Kamiński The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Nominated
2011 Janusz Kamiński War Horse Nominated
2012 Janusz Kamiński Lincoln Nominated

Best Director

This list focuses on Polish-born directors.

Director
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1974 Roman Polanski Chinatown Nominated Polanski is a French-born Polish director.
1980 Roman Polanski Tess Nominated
1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski Three Colors: Red Nominated
2002 Roman Polanski The Pianist Won First (and only) Polish director to win Best Director.

Best Picture

This list focuses on Polish-born producers, directors and Polish films in a different meaning.

Academy Award for Best Picture
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2002 Roman Polanski The Pianist Nominated Polanski is a French-born Polish producer.
Nominated with Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde

Best Foreign Language Film

This list focuses on essentially Polish films and directors and producers of other non-English language films.

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1963 Roman Polanski Knife in the Water Nominated
1966 Jerzy Kawalerowicz Faraon Nominated
1974 Jerzy Hoffman The Deluge Nominated
1975 Andrzej Wajda Land of Promise Nominated
1976 Jerzy Antczak Nights and Days Nominated
1979 Andrzej Wajda The Maids of Wilko Nominated
1981 Andrzej Wajda Man of Iron Nominated
2006 Peter Fudakowski Tsotsi Won A South African (the award was credited to it) film produced by Peter Fudakowski and directed by Gavin Hood.
2007 Andrzej Wajda Katyń Nominated
2011 Agnieszka Holland In Darkness Nominated

Best Original Music Score

This list focuses on Polish-born composers.

Original Score
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1942 Bronislau Kaper The Chocolate Soldier Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
1954 Bronislau Kaper Lili Won Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
1963 Bronislau Kaper Mutiny on the Bounty Nominated Best Music, Score - Substantially Original
2004 Jan A. P. Kaczmarek Finding Neverland Won Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Best Original Song

This list focuses on Polish-born composers and writers.

Academy Award for Best Original Song
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1963 Bronislau Kaper Mutiny on the Bounty Nominated For the song "Love Song from Mutiny on the Bounty (Follow Me)". Shared with Paul Francis Webster, who wrote lyrics.
2013 Karen Orzolek Her Pending For the song "The Moon Song". Shared with Spike Jonze, who co-wrote the lyrics. Orzolek is Korean-born Polish.

Best Documentary Feature

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1943 Eugeniusz Cękalski The White Eagle Nominated A Polish-British co-production; the nomination was credited to Cocanen Films and not to the director, who was Eugeniusz Cękalski.

Best Live Action Short Film

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2001 Sławomir Fabicki
Bogumił Godfrejow
A Man Thing Nominated

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1973 Tadeusz Jaworski Selling Out Nominated
1995 Marcel Łoziński 89mm from Europe Nominated
2005 Hanna Polak
Andrzej Celiński
The Children of Leningradsky Nominated
2010 Bartek Konopka Rabbit à la Berlin Nominated

Best Short Film – Animated

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Animated Short Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1982 Zbigniew Rybczyński Tango Won
2002 Tomek Baginski The Cathedral Nominated
2008 Maciek Szczerbowski Madame Tutli-Putli Nominated A Canadian film co-directed (with Chris Lavis) and co-written (with another Pole, Maciek Tomaszewski, and Chris Lavis) by Maciek Szczerbowski. Nomination shared with Chris Lavis.
2008 Suzie Templeton
Hugh Welchman
Peter & the Wolf Won An international co-production with major Polish and British contributions; produced by and made in the Se-ma-for studios in Łódź, Poland.

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay

This list focuses on Polish-born screenplay writers.

Academy Award for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1968 Roman Polanski Rosemary's Baby Nominated Polanski is a French-born Polish writer.
1991 Agnieszka Holland Europa Europa Nominated

Best Writing – Original Screenplay

This list focuses on Polish-born screenplay writers.

Academy Award for Writing (Original Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Three Colors: Red Nominated

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