16 Daytonians who made us proud at OSCARS, Grammys and SAG Awards

Several currrent and former Dayton area residents have been nominated for Hollywood's biggest awards


If awards are a measure of success in the entertainment business (they are),  Dayton needs a diet.

Tons of former and current Miami Valley residents have been nominated for Grammys, Oscars and SAG Awards. Some have even won.

Don't even get us started on those who have won or been up for Spirit Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, Golden Globes and other notable awards.

Check out these former and current Daytonians who have been honored by the Screen Actors Guild, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

We threw in a few unlucky Golden Raspberry Award (also known as the Razzies) winners just because.


Springfield’s Jonathan Winters sports the Wildcat blue at his home in Montecito, Calif. Photo by Michael Moriatis, special to the News-Sun.

The legendary Dayton-born, Springfield-raised comic genius won a Grammy in 1976 in the "Best Recording for Children" category with Richard Burton and Billy Simpson.

Winters hosted several TV Shows in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, and appeared on a long list of shows that includes "Laugh-In," "Twilight Zone," "The Muppet Show," "Hee Haw," "Mork and Mindy" and "Hollywood Squares."

He was in more than 50 movies including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “The Loved One” and 2013’s “Smurfs 2” as Papa Smurf.

Winters died in 2013 at age 87 at his home in Montecito, Calif.


Don Pendleton was part of the team that won the Grammy in the "Best Recording Package" category in 2015 for work on Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt.” Photo source: Don Pendleton/Facebook

The Kettering-based artist was part of the team that won the Grammy in the"Best Recording Package" category in 2015 for work on Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt."

Pendleton is a native of Ravenswood, West Virginia.


Keith Harrison won a Grammy as part of the Cleveland-based funk band Dazz Band. Photo source: Keith Harrison/Facebook

Dayton native Keith Harrison helped form the group that would be known as the Dayton funk band Faze-O while in high school. The group would later record the hit "Riding High."

The lifelong Miami Valley resident performed with renowned acts like Morris Day and the Time and Dayton funk godfathers the Ohio Players, among others. He was a member of the Dayton funk band Heatwave and the Cleveland-based group the Dazz Band, for which he penned the hit "Let It All Blow."

Harrison won a Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Grammy Award with the Dazz Band for "Let It Whip" in 1982.


Actress Allison Janney is among the 2016 honorees on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The seven-time Emmy award-winning actress has more than a few SAG awards on her shelf, as well.

The Oakwood-raised star was a part of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture winning casts of “The Help” in 2012 and “American Beauty” in 2000.

She, along with fellow Daytonians Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen, were “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002.

The Miami Valley School grad won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work on the show in 2002 and 2001.


Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar.

The three-time Academy Award nominee calls Yellow Springs home.  Her first film, "Growing Up Female," was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.  The longtime educator's films "Union Maids (1976)" and "Seeing Red (1983)" were nominated for Best Feature Documentary Academy Awards.

Her film  "The Last Truck" was about the closing of the Moraine GM truck assembly plant. She co-directed it with Steven Bognar of Yellow Springs, her longtime life partner. Last Truck earned a  2010 Best Documentary Short Subjects Oscar nomination.


Dayton native Tamika L. Caldwell, third from the left, is a member of the  gospel group Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy. Photo Source: Facebook/ Anthony J. Brown

The Dayton native is up for a Grammy this year as a singer with Gospel group Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy. The group's song "Worth" is up for the Best Gospel Song/Performance award.

She attended to Colonel White High School.


Hollywood storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson.

The New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident has created the story board for about 20 Coen brothers movie since 1987’s "Raising Arizona."

That includes the multiple Academy Award-winning films “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” as well as the nominated films “A Serious Man,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “True Grit,” “The Man Who Wasn't There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Barton Fink.”

Anderson appeared in Fargo as "Victim in Field.”  He is credited as the symbol for the artist formerly known as Prince. One of Tom Chaney’s fake names in True Grit was John Todd Anderson.

Aside from the Coen brothers, Anderson has also worked on films by Jodi Foster, Frank Oz, Barry Sonnenfeld and George Clooney.


Dayton native Morgan Taylor gets a 2016 Grammy nod for his 2015 CD/DVD "Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns." Contributed photo.

The Dayton native songwriter has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Children's Album category for 2015's "Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns" CD/DVD set.

He created Gustafer Yellowgold when he was working at Gem City Records and charged with decorating the marker board.

"This yellow, cone-headed guy was spinning records, frying up frogs on the oven range and whatever crazy stuff I was thinking about," Taylor said according to Gothamist.com. "Many years later when I was looking for an identity for the 'first person' to star in my little weird story-songs, I stuck him in there. A very natural pairing that I never even knew would come together."

> Read our interview with Taylor here.


The Ohio Players. Photo: Dayton Daily News Archive

The celebrated Dayton funk band won the 1976 Grammy in the Best Album Package Category for Honey (Jim Ladwig was the art director).

Formed in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchable,  The Ohio Players are best known for the songs "Fire," "Love Rollercoaster," "I Wanna be Free," "Pain," "Funky Worm," "Skin Tight," "Honey" and "Sweet Sticky Thing."

The band was nominated for the Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo, Group Or Chorus Grammy for "Fire" in 1975, but lost to Earth Wind and Fire's "Shining Star."


Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas poses for a portrait in his home in Bainbridge, Ohio on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. Photo: Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer

The Cleveland-raised screenwriter behind “Basic Instinct,” “Flashdance," “Telling Lies in America” and the instant classic Showgirls" got his start in writing as a reporter for the Journal Herald, where he was hired in 1966.

He talks about the time he broke two fingers in Dayton after “drinking too many beers” and crashing his car into a light post in his 2004 book "Hollywood Animal."

Eszterhas' films have made millions, even though they haven't exactly been hits with the critics.

He's never won an Oscar, but can claim four Razzie award nomination in the "Worst Screenplay" category. He won the totally unsought-after award for Showgirls in 1995.


John Legend created a video showcasing a doggy wedding all in the name of supporting Springfield schools efforts to renovate the former South High School auditorium. Source: omaze.com

The Springfield native and Dayton favorite has won nine Grammys, including Best New Artist in 2006.

Legend and musician/actor Common won the 2015 Academy Award for their song “Glory” from the movie “Selma.”

The song is nominated this year Grammys for Best Rap Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media.

His song “One Man Can Change the World” with Big Sean and Kanye West is nominated for a Grammy in Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category.


Actor Luke Grimes attends the GQ Men Of The Year Party at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on November 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ.

The 2002 Dayton Christian High School graduate had a key role in the 2014 Clint Eastwood-directed blockbuster “American Sniper.”

The film was nominated for Best Picture and five other awards, including Bradley Cooper for lead actor. It won only for Best Sound Editing.

Grimes played Marc Lee, the first Navy SEAL to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Martin Sheen during a portrait session at the 10th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 8, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF.

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor has eight SAG Award nominations as ensemble member or lead male.

Born Ramon Estevez in Dayton, Sheen has scores of acting credits on TV and the big screen including Captain Benjamin L. Willard in "Apocalypse Now" and President Josiah Bartlet on TV's "The West Wing."

He currently plays Robert Hanson on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”

Along with fellow Daytonians Allison Janney and Rob Lowe, Sheen was a “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002.

He won the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in both of those years.


Promotional photo of Roger Troutman from the Dayton Daily News archives.

The inventive and legendary frontman for Zapp (also known as Zapp Band and Zapp & Roger) was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" for 2Pac and Dr. Dre's single, "California Love."


Roy Meriwether. Contributed photo.

The Grammy-nominated musician is the author of one of Dayton’s greatest jazz stories. The Dayton native started playing piano at age 3. He was a professional musician with his own band at age 18.


Before becoming the lead singer of They Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger studied musical theatre and dance at Wright State University.

The Wright State University alum was nominated for a Grammy for the 2007's "Stickwitu" with other members of the girl group Pussycat Girls.

The group lost to “My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Born in Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Scherzinger went on to have a solo career and host The X Factor in the U.S. and UK.


Dayton-raised actor Rob Lowe (left) with his father, Chuck Lowe. Contributed photo from Chuck Lowe.

The prolific actor was born during his father Chuck’s last year of law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

The family moved to Dayton when Rob was just three months old and raised him in the city and surrounding areas.

Lowe attended Longfellow School in Dayton as well as Oakwood Junior High School before moving to Malibu, Calif., with his mother and brother, actor and director Chad Lowe.

Along with fellow Daytonians Allison Janney and Martin, Lowe was a “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002.

He somehow won a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie in 1986 for St. Elmo’s Fire. Go figure.

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