Oscar / Best Director

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The Oscar for Best Director honors the achievements of the directors of a film .

Most frequently honored director John Ford (4 wins)
Most frequently nominated director William Wyler (12 nominations)
Most frequently nominated director without a win Clarence Brown (6 nominations)
Youngest winner Damien Chazelle (32 years + 38 days)
Oldest winner Clint Eastwood (74)
Youngest nominee John Singleton (24)
Oldest nominee John Huston (79)
The only female winner Kathryn Bigelow

Films qualify for an Oscar in the year following their release. The table below shows the winners according to the year they were awarded.


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1929 Category: Drama
Frank Borzage
The happiness in the attic Herbert Brenon for Captain Sorrell and his son
King Vidor for A Man of the Masses
Category: Comedy
Lewis Milestone
The battlers Ted Wilde for street hunting with Speedy
1930 (1) Frank Lloyd The uncrowned queen Lionel Barrymore for Madame X
Harry Beaumont for The Broadway Melody
Irving Cummings for In Old Arizona
Frank Lloyd for Drag
Frank Lloyd for Weary River
Ernst Lubitsch for Der Patriot
1930 (2) Lewis Milestone nothing new in the West Clarence Brown for Anna Christie
Clarence Brown for Romance
Robert Z. Leonard for Die Frau für alle
Ernst Lubitsch for Liebesparade
King Vidor for Hallelujah


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1931 Norman Taurog Skippy Wesley Ruggles for Pioneers of the Wild West
Clarence Brown for The Courage to Luck
Lewis Milestone for The Front Page
Josef von Sternberg for Morocco
1932 Frank Borzage Bad girl King Vidor for Der Champ
Josef von Sternberg for Shanghai Express
1933 Prize not awarded
1934 Frank Lloyd cavalcade Frank Capra for Lady for a Day
George Cukor for Four Sisters
1935 Frank Capra It happened in one night Victor Schertzinger for The Shining Target
W. S. Van Dyke for The Thin Man
1936 John Ford The traitor Michael Curtiz for Under Jolly Roger
Henry Hathaway for Bengali
Frank Lloyd for Mutiny on the Bounty
1937 Frank Capra Mr. Deeds is going into town William Wyler for Time of Love, Time of Farewell
Robert Z. Leonard for The Great Ziegfeld
Gregory La Cava for My Husband Godfrey
W. S. Van Dyke for San Francisco
1938 Leo McCarey The terrible truth Sidney Franklin for Die Gute Erde
William Dieterle for The Life of Emile Zola
Gregory La Cava for the stage entrance
William Wellman for Ein Stern geht auf
1939 Frank Capra Life artist Michael Curtiz for Chicago - Angels with Dirty Faces
Norman Taurog for The Devil
King Vidor for The Citadel
Michael Curtiz conducts for Father
1940 Victor Fleming Blown by the wind Sam Wood for goodbye, Mr. Chips
Frank Capra for Mr. Smith goes to Washington
John Ford for Ringo
William Wyler for Storm Heights


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1941 John Ford Grapes of Wrath Sam Wood for Miss Kitty
William Wyler for The Secret of Malampur
George Cukor for The Night Before the Wedding
Alfred Hitchcock for Rebecca
1942 John Ford Breaking weather Orson Welles for Citizen Kane
Alexander Hall for Vacation From Heaven
William Wyler for The Little Foxes
Howard Hawks for Sergeant York
1943 William Wyler Mrs. Miniver Sam Wood for Kings Row
Mervyn LeRoy for Found Years
John Farrow for Wake Island
Michael Curtiz for Yankee Doodle Dandy
1944 Michael Curtiz Casablanca Ernst Lubitsch for A Heavenly Sinner
Clarence Brown for And Life Goes On
George Stevens for More and More, Always Merry
Henry King for The Song of Bernadette
1945 Leo McCarey The way to luck Billy Wilder for Woman Without a Conscience
Otto Preminger for Laura
Alfred Hitchcock for Das Lebensboot
Henry King for Wilson
1946 Billy Wilder The lost weekend Leo McCarey for The Bells of St. Mary
Clarence Brown for Little Girl, Big Heart
Jean Renoir for The Southern Man
Alfred Hitchcock for I Fight For You
1947 William Wyler The best years of our life David Lean for Encounter
Frank Capra for Isn't Life Beautiful?
Robert Siodmak for Avengers of the Underworld
Clarence Brown for The Wilderness Calls
1948 Elia Kazan Taboo of the righteous Henry Koster for Every Woman Needs an Angel
Edward Dmytryk for Im Kreuzfeuer
George Cukor for A Double Life
David Lean for Mysterious Inheritance
1949 John Huston The treasure of the Sierra Madre Laurence Olivier for Hamlet
Jean Negulesco for Silent Lips
Fred Zinnemann for The Drawn
Anatole Litvak for The Snake Pit
1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz A letter to three women Robert Rossen for The Man Who Wished to Rule
William A. Wellman for Kesselschlacht
Carol Reed for Little Hearts in Need
William Wyler for The Heiress


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1951 Joseph L. Mankiewicz Everything about Eva John Huston for Asphalt Jungle
George Cukor for The Ain't Yesterday
Billy Wilder for Twilight Boulevard
Carol Reed for The Third Man
1952 George Stevens A place in the Sun John Huston for African Queen
Vincente Minnelli for An American in Paris
William Wyler for Police Station 21
Elia Kazan for Endstation Sehnsucht
1953 John Ford The winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz for The Case of Cicero
Cecil B. DeMille for The Greatest Show in the World
Fred Zinnemann for twelve noon
John Huston for Moulin Rouge
1954 Fred Zinnemann Damn to all eternity Charles Walters for Lili
William Wyler for A Heart and a Crown
George Stevens for My Great Friend Shane
Billy Wilder for Stalag 17
1955 Elia Kazan The fist on the neck George Seaton for A Country Girl
William Wellman for It's Always Day
Alfred Hitchcock for The Window to the Courtyard
Billy Wilder for Sabrina
1956 Delbert man Marty John Sturges for City in Fear
Elia Kazan for Beyond Eden
Joshua Logan for Picnic
David Lean for Dream of My Life
1957 George Stevens Giants Michael Anderson for Around the World in 80 Days
William Wyler for Alluring Temptation
Walter Lang for The King and I
King Vidor for War and Peace
1958 David Lean The bridge on the Kwai Mark Robson for Embers under the Ashes
Joshua Logan for Sayonara
Sidney Lumet for The Twelve Jurors
Billy Wilder for Witness for the Prosecution
1959 Vincente Minnelli Gigi Richard Brooks for The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Stanley Kramer for Escape in Chains
Robert Wise for Let Me Live
Mark Robson for The Inn for 6th Bliss
1960 William Wyler Ben Hur Fred Zinnemann for The Story of a Nun
George Stevens for The Diary of Anne Frank
Jack Clayton for The Way Up
Billy Wilder for Some Like It Hot


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1961 Billy Wilder The apartment Jules Dassin for Sundays ... never!
Alfred Hitchcock for Psycho
Jack Cardiff for Sons and Lovers
Fred Zinnemann for The Endless Horizon
1962 Robert Wise
Jerome Robbins
West Side Story J. Lee Thompson for Die Kanonen von Navarone
Robert Rossen for Haie der Großstadt
Stanley Kramer for The Judgment of Nuremberg
Federico Fellini for Das süße Leben
1963 David Lean Lawrence of Arabia Frank Perry for David and Lisa
Pietro Germi for divorce in Italian
Arthur Penn for light in the dark
Robert Mulligan for Who disturbs the nightingale
1964 Tony Richardson Tom Jones - Between the bed and the gallows Elia Kazan for The Unconquerable
Otto Preminger for The Cardinal
Federico Fellini for Eight and a Half
Martin Ritt for The Wildest Among Thousand
1965 George Cukor My fair lady Peter Glenville for Becket
Stanley Kubrick for Dr. Strange or: How I Learned to Love the Bomb
Robert Stevenson for Mary Poppins
Michael Cacoyannis for Alexis Sorbas
1966 Robert Wise My songs, my dreams William Wyler for The Catcher
John Schlesinger for Darling
David Lean for Doctor Schiwago
Hiroshi Teshigahara for The Woman in the Dunes
1967 Fred Zinnemann A man for every season Michelangelo Antonioni for Blow Up
Claude Lelouch for A Man and a Woman
Richard Brooks for The Feared Four
Mike Nichols for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1968 Mike Nichols The matriculation examination Arthur Penn for Bonnie and Clyde
Stanley Kramer for Guess Who's Over to Eat
Richard Brooks for Cold Blood
Norman Jewison for In the Heat of the Night
1969 Carol Reed Oliver Gillo Pontecorvo for Battle of Algiers
Anthony Harvey for The Lion in Winter
Franco Zeffirelli for Romeo and Juliet
Stanley Kubrick for 2001: A Space Odyssey
1970 John Schlesinger Asphalt cowboy Arthur Penn for Alice's Restaurant
George Roy Hill for Two Bandits
Sydney Pollack for Only Horses are given the coup de grace
Constantin Costa-Gavras for Z


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1971 Franklin J. Schaffner Patton - rebel in uniform Robert Altman for MASH
Federico Fellini for Fellinis Satyricon
Arthur Hiller for Love Story
Ken Russell for loving women
1972 William Friedkin Brooklyn focal point Norman Jewison for Anatevka
Stanley Kubrick for A Clockwork Orange
John Schlesinger for Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Peter Bogdanovich for The Last Performance
1973 Bob Fosse Cabaret John Boorman for Everyone is First to Die
Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather
Joseph L. Mankiewicz for Murder with Small Mistakes
Jan Troell for Emigrants
1974 George Roy Hill The highlight Bernardo Bertolucci for The Last Tango in Paris
William Friedkin for The Exorcist
Ingmar Bergman for Screams and Whispers
George Lucas for American Graffiti
1975 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather - Part II Roman Polański for Chinatown
Bob Fosse for Lenny
John Cassavetes for A Woman Under the Influence
François Truffaut for The American Night
1976 Miloš Forman One flew over the cuckoo's nest Robert Altman for Nashville
Sidney Lumet for Dog Days
Stanley Kubrick for Barry Lyndon
Federico Fellini for Amarcord
1977 John G. Avildsen Rocky Sidney Lumet for Network
Alan J. Pakula for Die Unbrechlichen
Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties
Ingmar Bergman for Face to Face
1978 Woody Allen The city neurotic Steven Spielberg for Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Fred Zinnemann for Julia
George Lucas for Star Wars
Herbert Ross for At the Turning Point
1979 Michael Cimino Those who go through hell Alan Parker for 12 PM - Midnight Express
Woody Allen for Inside Life
Hal Ashby for Coming Home - They're Coming Home
Warren Beatty and Buck Henry for Heaven Should Wait
1980 Robert Benton Kramer versus Kramer Édouard Molinaro for A Cage Full of Fools
Peter Yates for Four Crazy Types - We Can All, Nobody Can Make Us
Francis Ford Coppola for Apocalypse Now
Bob Fosse for Behind the Spotlight


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1981 Robert Redford A perfectly normal family David Lynch for The Elephant Man
Martin Scorsese for Like a Wild Bull
Richard Rush for The Long Death of Stuntman Cameron
Roman Polański for Tess
1982 Warren Beatty Reds Steven Spielberg for Indiana Jones
Mark Rydell for At the Golden Lake
Hugh Hudson for The Hour of the Victor
Louis Malle for Atlantic City, USA
1983 Richard Attenborough Gandhi Wolfgang Petersen for Das Boot
Steven Spielberg for ET - The Extra Terrestrial
Sydney Pollack for Tootsie
Sidney Lumet for The Verdict - The Truth and Nothing but the Truth
1984 James L. Brooks Time of tenderness Ingmar Bergman for Fanny and Alexander
Mike Nichols for Silkwood
Bruce Beresford for Love's Comeback
Peter Yates for An Unequal Couple
1985 Miloš Forman Amadeus Robert Benton for A Place in the Heart
Roland Joffé for The Killing Fields
David Lean for Trip to India
Woody Allen for Broadway Danny Rose
1986 Sydney Pollack Far away from Africa Héctor Babenco for The Spider Woman's Kiss
Akira Kurosawa for Ran
John Huston for The Honor of the Prizzis
Peter Weir for The Only Witness
1987 Oliver Stone Platoon James Ivory for Room with a View
Woody Allen for Hannah and her sisters
David Lynch for Blue Velvet
Roland Joffé for Mission
1988 Bernardo Bertolucci The last emperor Norman Jewison for Moonstruck
John Boorman for Hope and Glory
Adrian Lyne for A Fateful Affair
Lasse Hallström for My Life as a Dog
1989 Barry Levinson Rain Man Charles Crichton for A Fish Called Wanda
Martin Scorsese for The Last Temptation of Christ
Alan Parker for Mississippi Burning
Mike Nichols for The Weapons of Women
1990 Oliver Stone Born on July 4th Woody Allen for Crime and Other Trifles
Peter Weir for The Dead Poets Club
Kenneth Branagh for Henry V.
Jim Sheridan for My Left Foot


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1991 Kevin Costner The one, who dances with the wolf Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather - Part III
Martin Scorsese for Good Fellas - Three Decades in the Mafia
Stephen Frears for Grifters
Barbet Schroeder for The Sunny Affair by B.
1992 Jonathan Demme The silence of the Lambs Ridley Scott for Thelma & Louise
Oliver Stone for JFK - Tatort Dallas
John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood -
Barry Levinson boys for Bugsy
1993 Clint Eastwood Merciless Martin Brest for The Scent of Women
Robert Altman for The Player
James Ivory for See you in Howards End
Neil Jordan for The Crying Game
1994 Steven Spielberg Schindlers List Robert Altman for Short Cuts
James Ivory for What Was Left Of The Day
Jane Campion for The Piano
Jim Sheridan for In the Name of the Father
1995 Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump Robert Redford for Quiz Show
Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction
Woody Allen for Bullets Over Broadway
Krzysztof Kieślowski for Drei Farben: Rot
1996 Mel Gibson Braveheart Tim Robbins for Dead Man Walking
Mike Figgis for Leaving Las Vegas
Michael Radford for The Postman
Chris Noonan for A Pig Called Babe
1997 Anthony Minghella The English patient Joel Coen for Fargo
Miloš Forman for Larry Flynt - The Naked Truth
Mike Leigh for Lies and Secrets
Scott Hicks for Shine - The Path into Light
1998 James Cameron Titanic Curtis Hanson for LA Confidential
Gus Van Sant for Good Will Hunting
Atom Egoyan for Das süße Jenseits
Peter Cattaneo for All or nothing
1999 Steven Spielberg The soldier James Ryan John Madden for Shakespeare in Love
Roberto Benigni for Life is Beautiful
Terrence Malick for The Narrow Ridge
Peter Weir for The Truman Show
2000 Sam Mendes American Beauty Spike Jonze for Being John Malkovich
Lasse Hallström for God's Work and Devil's Contribution
Michael Mann for Insider
M. Night Shyamalan for The Sixth Sense


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2001 Steven Soderbergh Traffic - power of the cartel Steven Soderbergh for Erin Brockovich
Ridley Scott for Gladiator
Stephen Daldry for Billy Elliot - I Will Dance
Ang Lee for Tiger and Dragon
2002 Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind - genius and madness Ridley Scott for Black Hawk Down
Robert Altman for Gosford Park
Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
David Lynch for Mulholland Drive
2003 Roman Polanski The pianist Rob Marshall for Chicago
Stephen Daldry for The Hours
Martin Scorsese for Gangs of New York
Pedro Almodóvar for Talk to Her
2004 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Fernando Meirelles for City of God
Clint Eastwood for Mystic River
Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation
Peter Weir for Master & Commander - To the End of the World
2005 Clint Eastwood Million dollar baby Martin Scorsese for Aviator
Taylor Hackford for Ray
Alexander Payne for Sideways
Mike Leigh for Vera Drake
2006 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain George Clooney for Good Night, and Good Luck.
Paul Haggis for LA Crash
Bennett Miller for Capote
Steven Spielberg for Munich
2007 Martin Scorsese Departed - Among enemies Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears for The Queen
Paul Greengrass for Flight 93
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
2008 Ethan and Joel Coen No Country for Old Men Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood
Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman for Juno
Julian Schnabel for Butterfly and Diving Bell
2009 Danny Boyle Slumdog millionaire Stephen Daldry for Der Vorleser
David Fincher for The Strange Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard for Frost / Nixon
Gus Van Sant for Milk
2010 Kathryn Bigelow Deadly Command - The Hurt Locker James Cameron for Avatar - Departure to Pandora
Lee Daniels for Precious - Life is Precious
Jason Reitman for Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2011 Tom Hooper The King's Speech Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
Ethan and Joel Coen for True Grit
David Fincher for The Social Network
David O. Russell for The Fighter
2012 Michel Hazanavicius The Artist Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Martin Scorsese for Hugo Cabret
2013 Ang Lee Life of Pi: Shipwreck with Tiger Michael Haneke for Liebe
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
David O. Russell for Silver Linings
2014 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne for Nebraska
David O. Russell for American Hustle
Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
2015 Alejandro G. Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Power of Cluelessness) Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson for Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game - A Top Secret Life
2016 Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant Lenny Abrahamson for Space Tom McCarthy for Spotlight Adam McKay for The Big Short George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road

2017 Damien Chazelle La La Land Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge - The decision
Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
2018 Guillermo del Toro Shape of Water - The whisper of water Paul Thomas Anderson for Der silk thread
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
Jordan Peele for Get Out
2019 Alfonso Cuarón Roma Giorgos Lanthimos for The Favorite - Intrigue and Insanity
Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay for Vice - The Second Man
Paweł Pawlikowski for Cold War - The Latitude of Love
2020 Bong Joon-ho Parasite Sam Mendes for 1917
Todd Phillips for Joker
Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood