South African Oscar winners and nominations over the years

South African Oscar winners and nominations over the years

Here's a list of South African Oscar winners and nominees.

Charlize Theron Winning Oscar
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Over the years, many South Africans have graced the Oscars red carpet, both as nominees and winners, proof of this country’s deep-rooted talent, as well as a good eye for the arts.

In 2021, 'My Octopus Teacher' won the Oscar for Best Documentary. 

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'My Octopus Teacher’, which has won more than 20 international awards, including Best Documentary at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) and Producers Guild of America Awards, became the first nature documentary to win an Academy Award since 'The Cove' in 2010.

'My Octopus Teacher' chronicles the year-long relationship between man and octopus.

We look back at our winners and nominees over the years: 


Ted Moore (South African-born cinematographer) – WON the first South African Oscar for 'A Man For All Seasons'.


Janet Suzman (University of the Witwatersrand’s Alumni) – Nominated for Best Actress in 'Nicholas and Alexandra'.


Caiphus Semenya (South African composer and musician) – Nominated for Best Music, Original Score, for 'The Color Purple'.


Jonas Gwangwa (South African jazz legend) – Nominated for Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song, for 'Cry Freedom'.


 Stephen Goldblatt (South African born) - Nominated for Best Cinematography for 'The Prince of Tides'. 


 Stephen Goldblatt - Nominated for Best Cinematography for 'Batman Forever'.


Charlize Theron (Benoni-born South African actress and film producer ) – WON Best Actress for 'Monster'. Theron is the first South African actress to ever win an Oscar.


Ronald Harwood (Cape Town-born playwright) – WON for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Pianist'.


Darrel Roodt (South African Director) - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for 'Yesterday'. 'Yesterday' is the first-ever feature-length isiZulu film.


Charlize Theron – Nominated for Best Actress in 'North Country'.


'Tsotsi' – WON Best Foreign Language Film. It was the first non-French-language African film to win in this category.


Director Neill Blomkamp (South African–Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter, and animator) – Nominated for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay for 'District 9'.


Herbert Kretzmer (South African-born English journalist and lyric writer) – Nominated for Best Music, Original Song for the 'Les Misérables' song, 'Suddenly'.


Margaret Sixel (South African-born, Australian film editor ) – WON Best Film Editing for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.


Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer (Directors) - Nominated for Best Animated Short Film for 'Revolting Rhymes'.


Charlize Theron - Nominated for Best Actress In A Leading Role for 'Bombshell'.


 Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed (Writers and Directors), and Craig Foster - WON Best Documentary for 'My Octopus Teacher'.

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