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History of Oscar winners and nominees for best director

Each Academy Award ceremony is listed chronologically below along with the winner of the Academy Award for Directing and the film associated with the award. In the column next to the winner of each award are the other nominees for best director. Following the Academy's practice, the films below are listed by the years of their Los Angeles qualifying run, which is usually (but not always) in the year of release; for example, the Oscar for Best Director of 1999 was announced during the award ceremony held in 2000.

source wikipedia

1920s

In the first year only, the award was separated into Dramatic Direction and Comedy Direction.

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1927/1928
Dramatic

Frank Borzage
 - Seventh Heaven

Herbert Brenon - Sorrell and Son
King Vidor - The Crowd

Comedy

Lewis Milestone
 - Two Arabian Knights

Charles Chaplin - The Circus
Ted Wilde - Speedy

1928/1929

Frank Lloyd
 - The Divine Lady

Lionel Barrymore - Madame X
Harry Beaumont - The Broadway Melody
Irving Cummings - In Old Arizona
Frank Lloyd - Weary River and Drag
Ernst Lubitsch - The Patriot

[edit] 1930s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1929/1930

Lewis Milestone
 - All Quiet on the Western Front

Clarence Brown - Anna Christie
Clarence Brown - Romance
Robert Z. Leonard - The Divorcée
Ernst Lubitsch - The Love Parade
King Vidor - Hallelujah

1930/1931

Norman Taurog
 - Skippy

Clarence Brown - A Free Soul
Lewis Milestone - The Front Page
Wesley Ruggles - Cimarron
Josef von Sternberg - Morocco

1931/1932

Frank Borzage
 - Bad Girl

King Vidor - The Champ
Josef von Sternberg - Shanghai Express

1932/1933

Frank Lloyd
 - Cavalcade

Frank Capra - Lady for a Day
George Cukor - Little Women

1934

Frank Capra
 - It Happened One Night

Victor Schertzinger - One Night of Love
W. S. Van Dyke - The Thin Man

1935

John Ford
 - The Informer

Henry Hathaway - The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Frank Lloyd - Mutiny on the Bounty

1936

Frank Capra
 - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Gregory La Cava - My Man Godfrey
Robert Z. Leonard - The Great Ziegfeld
W. S. Van Dyke - San Francisco
William Wyler - Dodsworth

1937

Leo McCarey
 - The Awful Truth

William Dieterle - The Life of Emile Zola
Sidney Franklin - The Good Earth
Gregory La Cava - Stage Door
William A. Wellman - A Star Is Born

1938

Frank Capra
 - You Can't Take It with You

Michael Curtiz - Angels with Dirty Faces
Michael Curtiz - Four Daughters
Norman Taurog - Boys Town
King Vidor - The Citadel

1939

Victor Fleming
 - Gone with the Wind

Frank Capra - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
John Ford - Stagecoach
Sam Wood - Goodbye, Mr. Chips
William Wyler - Wuthering Heights

[edit] 1940s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1940

John Ford
 - The Grapes of Wrath

George Cukor - The Philadelphia Story
Alfred Hitchcock - Rebecca
Sam Wood - Kitty Foyle
William Wyler - The Letter

1941

John Ford
 - How Green Was My Valley

Alexander Hall - Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Howard Hawks - Sergeant York
Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
William Wyler - The Little Foxes

1942

William Wyler
 - Mrs. Miniver

Michael Curtiz - Yankee Doodle Dandy
John Farrow - Wake Island
Mervyn LeRoy - Random Harvest
Sam Wood - Kings Row

1943

Michael Curtiz
 - Casablanca

Clarence Brown - The Human Comedy
Henry King - The Song of Bernadette
Ernst Lubitsch - Heaven Can Wait
George Stevens - The More the Merrier

1944

Leo McCarey
 - Going My Way

Alfred Hitchcock - Lifeboat
Henry King - Wilson
Otto Preminger - Laura
Billy Wilder - Double Indemnity

1945

Billy Wilder
 - The Lost Weekend

Clarence Brown - National Velvet
Alfred Hitchcock - Spellbound
Leo McCarey - The Bells of St. Mary's
Jean Renoir - The Southerner

1946

William Wyler
 - The Best Years of Our Lives

Clarence Brown - The Yearling
Frank Capra - It's a Wonderful Life
David Lean - Brief Encounter
Robert Siodmak - The Killers

1947

Elia Kazan
 - Gentleman's Agreement

George Cukor - A Double Life
Edward Dmytryk - Crossfire
Henry Koster - The Bishop's Wife
David Lean - Great Expectations

1948

John Huston
 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Anatole Litvak - The Snake Pit
Jean Negulesco - Johnny Belinda
Laurence Olivier - Hamlet
Fred Zinnemann - The Search

1949

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
 - A Letter to Three Wives

Carol Reed - The Fallen Idol
Robert Rossen - All the King's Men
William A. Wellman - Battleground
William Wyler - The Heiress

[edit] 1950s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1950

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
 - All About Eve

George Cukor - Born Yesterday
John Huston - The Asphalt Jungle
Carol Reed - The Third Man
Billy Wilder - Sunset Boulevard

1951

George Stevens
 - A Place in the Sun

John Huston - The African Queen
Elia Kazan - A Streetcar Named Desire
Vincente Minnelli - An American in Paris
William Wyler - Detective Story

1952

John Ford
 - The Quiet Man

Cecil B. DeMille - The Greatest Show on Earth
John Huston - Moulin Rouge
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - 5 Fingers
Fred Zinnemann - High Noon

1953

Fred Zinnemann
 - From Here to Eternity

George Stevens - Shane
Charles Walters - Lili
Billy Wilder - Stalag 17
William Wyler - Roman Holiday

1954

Elia Kazan
 - On the Waterfront

Alfred Hitchcock - Rear Window
George Seaton - The Country Girl
William A. Wellman - The High and the Mighty
Billy Wilder - Sabrina

1955

Delbert Mann
 - Marty

Elia Kazan - East of Eden
David Lean - Summertime
Joshua Logan - Picnic
John Sturges - Bad Day at Black Rock

1956

George Stevens
 - Giant

Michael Anderson - Around the World in Eighty Days
Walter Lang - The King and I
King Vidor - War and Peace
William Wyler - Friendly Persuasion

1957

David Lean
 - The Bridge on the River Kwai

Joshua Logan - Sayonara
Sidney Lumet - 12 Angry Men
Mark Robson - Peyton Place
Billy Wilder - Witness for the Prosecution

1958

Vincente Minnelli
 - Gigi

Richard Brooks - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Stanley Kramer - The Defiant Ones
Mark Robson - The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Robert Wise - I Want to Live!

1959

William Wyler
 - Ben-Hur

Jack Clayton - Room at the Top
George Stevens - The Diary of Anne Frank
Billy Wilder - Some Like It Hot
Fred Zinnemann - The Nun's Story

[edit] 1960s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1960

Billy Wilder
 - The Apartment

Jack Cardiff - Sons and Lovers
Jules Dassin - Never on Sunday
Alfred Hitchcock - Psycho
Fred Zinnemann - The Sundowners

1961

Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
 - West Side Story

Federico Fellini - La dolce vita
Stanley Kramer - Judgment at Nuremberg
Robert Rossen - The Hustler
J. Lee Thompson - The Guns of Navarone

1962

David Lean
 - Lawrence of Arabia

Pietro Germi - Divorce, Italian Style
Robert Mulligan - To Kill a Mockingbird
Arthur Penn - The Miracle Worker
Frank Perry - David and Lisa

1963

Tony Richardson
 - Tom Jones

Federico Fellini -
Elia Kazan - America, America
Otto Preminger - The Cardinal
Martin Ritt - Hud

1964

George Cukor
 - My Fair Lady

Michael Cacoyannis - Zorba the Greek
Peter Glenville - Becket
Stanley Kubrick - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Robert Stevenson - Mary Poppins

1965

Robert Wise
 - The Sound of Music

David Lean - Doctor Zhivago
John Schlesinger - Darling
Hiroshi Teshigahara - Woman in the Dunes
William Wyler - The Collector

1966

Fred Zinnemann
 - A Man for All Seasons

Michelangelo Antonioni - Blow-Up
Richard Brooks - The Professionals
Claude Lelouch - A Man and a Woman
Mike Nichols - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967

Mike Nichols
 - The Graduate

Richard Brooks - In Cold Blood
Norman Jewison - In the Heat of the Night
Stanley Kramer - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Arthur Penn - Bonnie and Clyde

1968

Carol Reed
 - Oliver!

Anthony Harvey - The Lion in Winter
Stanley Kubrick - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Gillo Pontecorvo - The Battle of Algiers
Franco Zeffirelli - Romeo and Juliet

1969

John Schlesinger
 - Midnight Cowboy

Costa-Gavras - Z
George Roy Hill - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Arthur Penn - Alice's Restaurant
Sydney Pollack - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

[edit] 1970s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1970

Franklin J. Schaffner
 - Patton

Robert Altman - MASH
Federico Fellini - Satyricon
Arthur Hiller - Love Story
Ken Russell - Women in Love

1971

William Friedkin
 - The French Connection

Peter Bogdanovich - The Last Picture Show
Norman Jewison - Fiddler on the Roof
Stanley Kubrick - A Clockwork Orange
John Schlesinger - Sunday Bloody Sunday

1972

Bob Fosse
 - Cabaret

John Boorman - Deliverance
Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Sleuth
Jan Troell - The Emigrants

1973

George Roy Hill
 - The Sting

Ingmar Bergman - Cries and Whispers
Bernardo Bertolucci - Last Tango in Paris
William Friedkin - The Exorcist
George Lucas - American Graffiti

1974

Francis Ford Coppola
 - The Godfather Part II

John Cassavetes - A Woman Under the Influence
Bob Fosse - Lenny
Roman Polanski - Chinatown
François Truffaut - Day for Night

1975

Miloš Forman
 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Robert Altman - Nashville
Federico Fellini - Amarcord
Stanley Kubrick - Barry Lyndon
Sidney Lumet - Dog Day Afternoon

1976

John G. Avildsen
 - Rocky

Ingmar Bergman - Face to Face
Sidney Lumet - Network
Alan J. Pakula - All the President's Men
Lina Wertmüller - Seven Beauties

1977

Woody Allen
 - Annie Hall

George Lucas - Star Wars
Herbert Ross - The Turning Point
Steven Spielberg - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Fred Zinnemann - Julia

1978

Michael Cimino
 - The Deer Hunter

Woody Allen - Interiors
Hal Ashby - Coming Home
Warren Beatty, Buck Henry - Heaven Can Wait
Alan Parker - Midnight Express

1979

Robert Benton
 - Kramer vs. Kramer

Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
Bob Fosse - All That Jazz
Edouard Molinaro - La Cage aux Folles
Peter Yates - Breaking Away

[edit] 1980s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1980

Robert Redford
 - Ordinary People

David Lynch - The Elephant Man
Roman Polanski - Tess
Richard Rush - The Stunt Man
Martin Scorsese - Raging Bull

1981

Warren Beatty
 - Reds

Hugh Hudson - Chariots of Fire
Louis Malle - Atlantic City
Mark Rydell - On Golden Pond
Steven Spielberg - Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982

Richard Attenborough
 - Gandhi

Sidney Lumet - The Verdict
Wolfgang Petersen - Das Boot
Sydney Pollack - Tootsie
Steven Spielberg - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

1983

James L. Brooks
 - Terms of Endearment

Bruce Beresford - Tender Mercies
Ingmar Bergman - Fanny and Alexander
Mike Nichols - Silkwood
Peter Yates - The Dresser

1984

Miloš Forman
 - Amadeus

Woody Allen - Broadway Danny Rose
Robert Benton - Places in the Heart
Roland Joffé - The Killing Fields
David Lean - A Passage to India

1985

Sydney Pollack
 - Out of Africa

Hector Babenco - Kiss of the Spider Woman
John Huston - Prizzi's Honor
Akira Kurosawa - Ran
Peter Weir - Witness

1986

Oliver Stone
 - Platoon

Woody Allen - Hannah and Her Sisters
James Ivory - A Room with a View
Roland Joffé - The Mission
David Lynch - Blue Velvet

1987

Bernardo Bertolucci
 - The Last Emperor

John Boorman - Hope and Glory
Lasse Hallström - My Life as a Dog
Norman Jewison - Moonstruck
Adrian Lyne - Fatal Attraction

1988

Barry Levinson
 - Rain Man

Charles Crichton - A Fish Called Wanda
Mike Nichols - Working Girl
Alan Parker - Mississippi Burning
Martin Scorsese - The Last Temptation of Christ

1989

Oliver Stone
 - Born on the Fourth of July

Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors
Kenneth Branagh - Henry V
Jim Sheridan - My Left Foot
Peter Weir - Dead Poets Society

[edit] 1990s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

1990

Kevin Costner
 - Dances with Wolves

Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather: Part III
Stephen Frears - The Grifters
Barbet Schroeder - Reversal of Fortune
Martin Scorsese - Goodfellas

1991

Jonathan Demme
 - The Silence of the Lambs

Barry Levinson - Bugsy
Ridley Scott - Thelma and Louise
John Singleton - Boyz N the Hood
Oliver Stone - JFK

1992

Clint Eastwood
 - Unforgiven

Robert Altman - The Player
Martin Brest - Scent of a Woman
James Ivory - Howards End
Neil Jordan - The Crying Game

1993

Steven Spielberg
 - Schindler's List

Robert Altman - Short Cuts
Jane Campion - The Piano
James Ivory - The Remains of the Day
Jim Sheridan - In the Name of the Father

1994

Robert Zemeckis
 - Forrest Gump

Woody Allen - Bullets Over Broadway
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Trois Couleurs Rouge aka Three Colors: Red
Robert Redford - Quiz Show
Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction

1995

Mel Gibson
 - Braveheart

Mike Figgis - Leaving Las Vegas
Chris Noonan - Babe
Michael Radford - Il Postino aka The Postman
Tim Robbins - Dead Man Walking

1996

Anthony Minghella
 - The English Patient

Joel Coen - Fargo
Miloš Forman - The People vs. Larry Flynt
Scott Hicks - Shine
Mike Leigh - Secrets & Lies

1997

James Cameron
 - Titanic

Peter Cattaneo - The Full Monty
Atom Egoyan - The Sweet Hereafter
Curtis Hanson - L.A. Confidential
Gus Van Sant - Good Will Hunting

1998

Steven Spielberg
 - Saving Private Ryan

Roberto Benigni - La Vita è Bella aka Life Is Beautiful
John Madden - Shakespeare in Love
Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line
Peter Weir - The Truman Show

1999

Sam Mendes
 - American Beauty

Lasse Hallström - The Cider House Rules
Spike Jonze - Being John Malkovich
Michael Mann - The Insider
M. Night Shyamalan - The Sixth Sense

[edit] 2000s

Year

Winner
film

Nominated

2000

Steven Soderbergh
 - Traffic

Stephen Daldry - Billy Elliot
Ang Lee - Wo hu cang long aka Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ridley Scott - Gladiator
Steven Soderbergh - Erin Brockovich

2001

Ron Howard
 - A Beautiful Mind

Robert Altman - Gosford Park
Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
Ridley Scott - Black Hawk Down

2002

Roman Polanski
 - The Pianist

Pedro Almodóvar - Hable con ella aka Talk to Her
Stephen Daldry - The Hours
Rob Marshall - Chicago
Martin Scorsese - Gangs of New York

2003

Peter Jackson
 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sofia Coppola - Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood - Mystic River
Fernando Meirelles - Cidade de Deus aka City of God
Peter Weir - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

2004

Clint Eastwood
 - Million Dollar Baby

Taylor Hackford - Ray
Mike Leigh - Vera Drake
Alexander Payne - Sideways
Martin Scorsese - The Aviator

2005

Ang Lee
 - Brokeback Mountain

George Clooney - Good Night, and Good Luck.
Paul Haggis - Crash
Bennett Miller - Capote
Steven Spielberg - Munich

2006

Martin Scorsese
 - The Departed

Clint Eastwood - Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears - The Queen
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Babel
Paul Greengrass - United 93

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