Hoosiers who took home Academy Awards through the years

Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-26 20:30:27-05

The 89th Academy Awards are filled with celebrities who can’t wait to get their hands on the famous golden statuette, but Hoosiers have also gotten a chance to claim their own over the years.

Several people from Indiana have taken home an Oscar or have been nominated for the honor. Following is a list of Indiana natives who won and were nominated for an Oscar:


James Baskett, Indianapolis, 1948

The first African-American male to receive an Oscar. He was given an Honorary or Special Oscar for “his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world." This was for his role in Disney’s “Song of the South” from 1947.

He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Sid Grauman, Indianapolis, 1949

Honorary Oscar for being a “master showman,” who raised the standard of exhibition of motion pictures.

Oscars ceremonies were held at his Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1944, 1945 and 1946.

Anne Baxter, Michigan City, 1947

Won Best Supporting Actress for “The Razor’s Edge” and is the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Write.

Baxter was also nominated in 1951 for Best Actress: “All About Eve”

Hoagy Carmichael, Bloomington, 1952

Best Music, Song, “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” shared with Johnny Mercer

George W. Davis, Kokomo, 1954

Best Art Decoration-Set Decoration, Color for “The Robe”

Howard Hawks, Goshen, 1975

Honorary Oscar for being a “Master American Filmmaker”

John Korty, Lafayette, 1978

Best Documentary Feature: “Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get 19 Kids”

Sydney Pollack, Lafayette, 1986

Best Director, “Out of Africa” (also won Best Picture)

George Seaton, South Bend, 1948, 1955

Best Writing, Screenplay, “Miracle on 34th Street”, 1948

Best Writing, Screenplay, “The Country Girl”, 1955

Won Jean Hershott Humanitarian Award, 1962

Nominated two other times in 1944 and 1970

Robert Wise, Winchester

Best Director: West Side Story, 1962

Best Director: Sound of Music, 1964

(Both also won Best Picture)


Director: I Want to Live, 1959

Film Editing: Citizen Kane, 1942 


Greg Kinnear, Logansport

Best Supporting Actor: “As Good As it Gets”, 1998

Carole Lombard, Fort Wayne (real name: Jane Alice Peters)

Best Actress: “My Man Godfrey”, 1937

Marjorie Main, Acton (real name: Mary Tomlinson)

Best Supporting Actress: “The Egg and I”, 1948 

Steve McQueen, Beech Grove

Best Actor: “The Sand Pebbles”, 1967 

Cole Porter, Peru

Nominated four times for Best Music Song: 1937, 1942, 1944, 1957 

Clifton Webb (Webb Parmalee Hollenback), Indianapolis

Best Actor: “Sitting Pretty,” 1949

Best Supporting Actor: “The Razor’s Edge,” 1947

Best Supporting Actor: “Laura,” 1945

James Dean, Marion

Best Actor: “East of Eden,” 1956

This was the first posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history

Best Actor: “Giant,” 1957

This was his second consecutive posthumous nomination

Gloria Gresham, Indianapolis

Best Costume Design for “Avalon”, 1991

Was also costume designer for such films as “The Natural,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Ghosts of the Mississippi,” “The American President,” “A Few Good Men.”


“Columbus” – 2017 (Columbus)

“Roshtalivik” – 2016 (Richmond)

“One Day in April” – 2016 (Bloomington)

“Bethlehem” – 2015 (Indianapolis)

“Reparation” – 2015 (Roachdale)

“Walter” – 2015 (Indianapolis)

“The Judge” – 2014 (Jackson County)

“Almost There” – 2014 (Whiting)

“Peanut Gallery” - 2014

“Sand Castles” – 2014 (Goshen)

“Daylight Indiana” – 2013 (Daylight)

“Phantom of the Woods” – 2013 (Fort Wayne)

“In a Cage” – 2013 (Clinton)

See the full list here