Minnesotans Who’ve Won an Oscar
Leo finally got his Oscar. Great. Awesome. Whatever.
How about home-grown Oscar winners?
Minnesota gets a lot of grief for being the northern-most state in the lower 48, but we have plenty of Oscar-winning talent.
Our favorite Wizard of Ox star from Grand Rapids won an Academy Juvenile Award in 1940 for her performance as a juvenile (makes sense, right?) Her Oscar was smaller than the "adult" Oscars.
The St Cloud native (born Byron Elsworth Barr) won Best Supporting Actor for 1969's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Born Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen, the Minneapolis film producer's 1956 film, "Around the World in 80 Days" won the Best Picture award.
A two-time winner (but still no Ric Flair), the Cloquet-native won her first Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for 1982's "Tootsie." Her 2nd was a Best Actress nod for 1994's "Blue Sky."
The Purple One took home a Best Original Score Oscar for 1984's "Purple Rain," because DUH.
He didn't take home (via Satellite) an Oscar until he won Best Original Song for 2000's "Things Have Changed" from the film "Wonder Boys."
The Coen Brothers
They are four-time Academy Award winners (still, no Ric Flair): first one for best original screenplay for 1996's "Fargo," then three for 2007's "No Country for Old Men" (Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture).
He's not a doctor, but he...is a Docter. Sorry. The Bloomington native's 2009 "Up" won Best Animated Feature.
Others without licensed pictures available include
Jim Erickson (Production Design for 2012's "Lincoln")
George Roy Hill (Best Director, 1973's "The Sting)
Gale Sondergaard (Best Supporting Actress (twice), 1936's "Anthony Adverse" (the inaugural award), and 1946's "Anna and the King of Siam."