10 more days have yet to go but we can’t wait any longer to see the Oscars of 2016, the 88th Academy Awards. Each of us may have already prepared the top contenders in each category of Academy Awards. While you wait for the upcoming ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 28, 2016, we have compiled a fascinating list of the First Oscar records in 2947 Oscars awarded since 1929 till the last year. Let’s get nostalgic and browse through the past to know who were the first fortunate ones who won the Oscars representing their category, gender, color and country. Happy scrolling
1. The First Woman who won the Best Picture Award
Julia Phillips: The first female producer who won an Oscar for her 1973 film The Sting. Her other prominent films are Taxi Driver & Close Encounters of the Third Kind. She also authored, You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, the bestseller based on her working years as Hollywood Producer.
2. The First Woman who won the Best Director Award
Kathryn Bigelow: The American director, producer and writer with long years of working with prominent films became the first woman to win the Best Director award for her 2009 war film, The Hurt Locker.
3. The First Fantasy Film which won the Best Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: In The Lord of the Rings series & based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the 2003’s The Return of the King was the first Fantasy Film to win the Best Picture. The film is one of the greatest critical and commercial successes of all time.
4. The First X-rated Film which won the Best Picture Award
Midnight Cowboy: Dustin Hoffman starrer 1969 Drama film was the first and only film which won the Best Picture despite it was X-rated. Later, the rating had been changed to R. The film also won two other Oscars, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
5. The First Woman who won Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
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Brenda Chapman: An animated story artist who directed The Prince of Egypt won Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for her co-directed the Disney Pixar film Brave which came in 2012. She is also the first woman to direct animated feature for major studio like DreamWorks Animation.
6. The First Nordic Actress who won the Best Actress Award
Ingrid Bergman: The Ilsa Lund of Casablanca, “the ideal of American womanhood”, “the most completely conscientious actress” & the 4th greatest female screen legend of classic American cinema was the first Nordic, Swedish, who won the Academy Award for the Best Actress for her role in 1944 Gaslight.
7. The First Actress who got 10 nominations for the Best Acting
Bette Davis: One of the greatest actresses in the history of Hollywood is the first actress who received 10 nominations all in the Best Actress category. Out the 10 nominations she won 2 Oscars. Her other achievement include, the first women to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the AFI, American Film Institute and the first female president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In AFI’s list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema she comes second after Katharine Hepburn who is the first.
8. The First Actress who won Oscar for performing in American Sign Language
Marlee Matlin,: Deaf since 18 month old, the deaf performer won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 1986 film Children of a Lesser God. She was 21 years of age when she won the award which is another record till date.
9. The First Black Actor who won Oscar for Acting
Sidney Poitier: The Bahamian-American actor was the first Black and Bahamian actor who won the Best Actor award for his role in 1963 film Lilies of the Field.
10. The First Black Actress who won the Best Actress Award
Halle Berry: The only woman of color, till date, who has the honor to receive the Academy Award for the Best Actress for her role in 2001 film Monster’s Ball. During 2000s she was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.
11. The First Black Actress who won The Oscar
Hattie McDaniel: The Mammy of Gone with the Wind was the first African-American person who won the Academy Award for her role in 1939’s Gone With the Wind she won the Best Supporting Actress award.
12. The First Black Filmmaker who won the Best Picture Award
Steve McQueen: The English film director who directed & produced 12 Years a Slave, the 2013 historical drama, an adaptation of 1853 slave narrative memoir, was the first black filmmaker who won the Best picture award for the film.
13. The First Black Actress who won Oscar for Film Acting Debut
Jennifer Hudson: The one of the finalists of American Idol’s 3rd season was the first black actress who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls in 2006.
14. The First year in which 2 Black Actors/Actresses won Oscar for Acting
Denzel Washington & Halle Berry: The honor belongs to the 74th Academy Awards in 2002 when Denzel Washington won the Best Actor for Training Day Film & Halle Berry won the Best Actress for Monster’s Ball Film.
15. The First Black Writer who won the Oscar for Screenwriting
Geoffrey Shawn Fletcher: For the Film Precious which is based on the Novel Push written by Sapphire in 2009, Geoffrey, the first black writer won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
16. The First Asian Actress who won the Oscar Award
Miyoshi Umeki: Katsumi of Sayonara, Japan born naturalized American actress was the first Asian actress to win Academy Award Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1957 Film Sayonara.
17. The First Australian Actress who won the Best Actress Award
Nicole Kidman: The US born Australian actress was the first Australian actress to win the Best Actress Award for her performance in 2002 film The Hour. Kidman’s performance as Virginia Woolf received critical acclaim.
18. The First Australian Actor who won Oscar for the Best Actor
Peter Finch: Also the first person to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category, the “crazed” television anchorman Howard Beale of the film Network was the first Australian who won the posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor.
19. The First Indian to win Oscar in any Music Category
A. R. Rahman & Gulzar: Rahman & Gulzar won the Best Original Song, “Jai Ho” for 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman also won the Best Original Score for the same film.
20. The First Italian Actor who won the Oscar for Best Actor
Roberto Benigni: The man of many hats, Roberto co-Wrote, Directed & Acted in the 1998 Life Is Beautiful and became the first Italian to win Academy Award for the Best Actor. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.