Meet the Oliver! Oscar winner

Ken Muggleston with his Oscar, April 2015

Our curated collection Australian Films at the Oscars highlights excerpts from local films that made it big in Hollywood. But these films are only half of the Australian Oscar success story. Many Australian actors, directors, artists and craftspeople have been Oscar-nominated for their work in Hollywood films. 

The only categories in which Australians are yet to win are Documentary Short, Original Score and Foreign Language Film (though, to be fair, just this year Tanna has become only the first Australian film ever to be nominated for Foreign Language Film).

The most successful Australian at the Oscars is Catherine Martin, who's won four Oscars for Moulin Rouge! (2001) and The Great Gatsby (2013), two each for Costume Design and Production Design. 

'How wonderful - I wish I'd been there'

Over thirty years before Catherine Martin's first Production Design Oscar, Australian Ken Muggleston won the Art Direction award for his set decoration on the musical Oliver! (which also won Best Picture). He tells interviewer Adam Bowen how he heard the news in this excerpt from his NFSA Oral History:


Muggleston was working as set decorator on Waterloo (1970), starring Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer, when he was notified about his Oscar win. He still has a Napoleonic flag from the film (pictured above).

View the curated collection, Australian Films at the Oscars.