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 90th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 4, 2018. There were 15 Academy Awards given to Polish filmmakers or their work, including two Honorary Academy Awards and five Technical Achievement Awards. The category of Cinematography has the strongest presence of Polish filmmakers, with two wins (both by Janusz Kamiński) and fourteen other nominations (including four noms for Kamiński). As of that, the cinematographer Janusz Kamiński 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. There were eleven Polish pictures nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Most recently, the film Cold War received three nominations (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film).

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

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."

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

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

Academy Honorary Award
Year Name Film Status Milestone / Notes
1946 Samuel Goldwyn Won

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[edit]

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

Academy Honorary Award
Year Name Film Status Milestone / Notes
1958 Samuel Goldwyn Won

Scientific and Technical Award[edit]

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."
1965 Stefan Kudelski Won "For the design and perfection of the Nagra machine."
1977 Won
1978 Won
1988 Tad Krzanowski Won "For the development of a Wire Rig Model Support Mechanism used to control the movements of miniatures in special effects."

Best Actress – Leading Role[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born actresses.

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

Best Art Direction[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born scenic designers.

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

Best Costume Design[edit]

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 The Pianist Nominated
2014 Maleficent Nominated

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born cinematographers.

Cinematography
Year Name Film Status Milestone / Notes
1940 Rudolph Maté Foreign Correspondent Nominated
1941 That Hamilton Woman Nominated
1942 The Pride of the Yankees Nominated
1943 Sahara Nominated
1944 Cover Girl Nominated Shared with Allen M. Davey
1993 Janusz Kamiński Schindler's List Won
1994 Piotr Sobociński Three Colors: Red Nominated (French title: Trois couleurs: Rouge; Polish title: Trzy kolory: Czerwony)
1997 Janusz Kamiński Amistad Nominated
1998 Saving Private Ryan Won
2001 Slawomir Idziak Black Hawk Down Nominated
2002 Paweł Edelman The Pianist Nominated
2007 Janusz Kamiński The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Nominated
2011 War Horse Nominated
2012 Lincoln Nominated
2014 Łukasz Żal
Ryszard Lenczewski
Ida Nominated
2018 Łukasz Żal Cold War Nominated
2021 Dariusz Wolski News of the World Pending

Best Director[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born directors.

Director
Year Name Film Status Milestone / Notes
1974 Roman Polański Chinatown Nominated Polanski is a Polish-French director
1980 Tess Nominated
1994 Krzysztof Kieślowski Three Colors: Red Nominated
2002 Roman Polanski The Pianist Won First Polish director to win Best Director
2018 Paweł Pawlikowski Cold War Nominated First Polish director nominated for a Polish language film

Best Picture[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born producers and/or Polish films in a different meaning.

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

Best International Feature Film[edit]

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 Pharaoh 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 Man of Iron Nominated
1985 Agnieszka Holland Angry Harvest Nominated A West German film directed by a Polish director
2007 Andrzej Wajda Katyń Nominated
2011 Agnieszka Holland In Darkness Nominated
2014 Paweł Pawlikowski Ida Won
2018 Cold War Nominated
2019 Jan Komasa Corpus Christi Nominated

Best Original Music Score[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born composers.

Original Score
Year Name Film Status Milestone / Notes
1942 Bronisław Kaper The Chocolate Soldier Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
1953 Lili Won Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
1962 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[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born composers and writers.

Academy Award for Best Original Song
Year Name Film Song Status Milestone / Notes
1962 Bronisław Kaper Mutiny on the Bounty "Follow" Nominated Shared with Paul Francis Webster
2013 Karen Orzolek Her "The Moon Song" Nominated Shared with Spike Jonze
Orzolek is Polish-American with Korean descent

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

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, Eugeniusz Cękalski.

Best Live Action Short Film[edit]

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)[edit]

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
2014 Aneta Kopacz Joanna Nominated
2014 Tomasz Śliwiński
Maciej Ślesicki
Our Curse Nominated

Best Animated Short Film[edit]

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 Tomasz Bagiński 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
Shared with Chris Lavis

Best Animated Feature[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Year Name Film Status Milestone / Notes
2017 Dorota Kobiela Loving Vincent Nominated A Polish-UK film co-directed with Hugh Welchman

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born screenplay writers.

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

Best Writing – Original Screenplay[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born screenplay writers.

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

See also[edit]