The party is over, awards season is done, and who should come out on top, but a director from Taiwan and a film about a covert rescue operation in 1970s Iran. Ang Lee's win came as a suprise over odds-on favorite Steven Spielberg, while Argo stood against tough competition from eight other films, including Lee's Life of Pi.
The Asian influence is not lost on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, nor should it be lost on the Oscar audience. From films that swept the categories, like Slumdog Millionaire and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to actors who you may or may not have realized have roots in Asia, like Sir Ben Kingsley, who has an Indian father, or Yul Brynner, who has a blend of Mongolian and Russian heritage, each acheivement has put an Asian stamp on a very American tradition.
Below are some of the tremendous talents accepting their Asia-related Academy Awards.
Ang Lee wins Best Director for Life of Pi in 2013.
Ben Affleck accepts Best Picture for Argo in 2013.
Yul Brynner wins Best Actor for The King and I in 1957.
Sir Ben Kingsley win Best Actor for Gandhi in 1982.
A.R. Rahman wins Best Original Score for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.