16 Aussies Who Have Done Us Bloody Proud & Won An Oscar


Now that Leonardo DiCaprio has won his long-coveted Oscar, there seems to be a vacuum about Oscar goss.

Well, with the 89th Academy Awards around the corner, it seemed fitting we fill that vacuum by taking you on a trip down memory lane to recognise the Aussies who have taken on the world and won an Oscar.

Some of these names may even surprise you…

Bruce Davey

Davey won his Oscar in 1995 for Best Picture, having co-produced Braveheart alongside Mel Gibson and Alan Ladd Jr. Not a bad effort by the Aussies to produce one of the most recognised films of all time.

Nicole Kidman

OMG time flies. Kidman won her Oscar in 2002 for her role as Virginia Woolf in the biographical drama, The Hours. Kidman is the first Aussie to win Best Actress, be nominated in this category more than once, to win and in consecutive years.

Cate Blanchett

Let us start this by saying CATE BLANCHETT IS AUSTRALIAN ACTING ROYALTY. This queen has won two Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in The Aviator (2004) and Blue Jasmine (2013) respectively. Blanchett also has the most Oscar nominations for any Australian with seven – SEVEN!

Peter Finch

The story of Peter Finch is bittersweet. He won Best Actor for his role in Network, a satirical film about a tv station with low ratings; however, he passed away weeks before the ceremony, aged 60. Finch is the first ever posthumous Oscar recipient.

Geoffrey Rush

We all know Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean, but he was a bloody good actor before then. So good, in fact, that he won an Oscar as Best Actor for his role in the 1996 film, Shine. He is the first living Australian to win an Oscar in that category.

Russell Crowe

Three years later, following Rush’s awesome Oscar win, Crowe won an Oscar for Best Actor after slaying Gladiator. Noice, Russell.

Heath Ledger

It’s unbelievable to think Ledger passed away just over nine years ago – wow. Sadness aside, one of Australia’s most promising actor became only the second actor to win an Oscar posthumously, winning Best Supporting Actor following his role as The Joker in The Dark Night.


Kelly got the ball rolling for Australians dominating the Best Costume Design category, as seen in his THREE Oscars (1951, 1957 and 1959). He was the first ever Australian to win three Oscars. Dayum.

Catherine Martin


Her Oscars were for Moulin Rouge! (Costume Design, Best Art Direction) and the 2013 adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby (Costume Design, Best Production Design).

Emile Sherman

Sherman co-produced The King’s Speech in 2010 with Iain Canning. The two started See-Saw Films in 1989 and have two offices – one in Sydney, the other in London.

Ken G. Hall

Hall was the first ever Australian to win an Academy Award, directing his 1942 documentary, Kokoda Front Line! As the name suggests, it was a documentary about soldiers’ experiences on the Kokoda Trail during WWII.

Eva Orner

Orner co-produced Tax to the Dark Side in 2002 alongside Alex Gibney and Susannah Shipman. Their documentary investigated the December 2002 killing of an Afghan taxi driver, who died at the hands of American soldiers while in custody.

George Miller

Miller is the only Australian to win an Oscar in this category – Best Animated Film – and boy, what a movie it was. Das right, Miller directed Happy Feet, which had a star-studded line up including Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Magda Szubanski.

Suzanne Baker

Baker’s win in 1977 for Best Animated Short Film made her the first Australian female to win an Academy Award. Her short film, Leisure, comments on society by presenting a seemingly utopian future that uses key marketing buzzwords.

Adam Elliott

Another winner in the Best Animated Short Film category, Elliott’s short film, Harvie Krumpet, follows the life of a Polish-Australian who remains positive despite the pitfalls he encounters in life. Narrated by none other than Geoffrey Rush.

Shaun Tan

A lot of us remember Tan as that guy who made really interesting picture books. Well, one of his picture books – The Lost Thing – got turned into a short animated film narrated by Tim Minchin, and won! Awesome stuff. 

- John Seroukas.

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