Oscar-nominated Directors

An alphabetized roster of directors who've received nominations for Best Director. I've listed the film(s) for which they were nominated. An asterisk (*) indicates a win.

Note: For the 1927/28 awards year, there were two directing categories - comedy and drama. I've indicated which nominee is in which category.
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1.
Lenny Abrahamson
Director, Room
Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin in 1966. He studied physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. While at university he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours (gold medal). His first short film...
“ 2015 - Room ” - spearsdw
 
2.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ 2011 - Midnight in Paris
1994 - Bullets Over Broadway
1989 - Crimes and Misdemeanors
1986 - Hannah and Her Sisters
1984 - Broadway Danny Rose
1978 - Interiors
1977 - Annie Hall * ” - spearsdw
 
3.
Pedro Almodóvar
Writer, Talk to Her
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ 2002 - Talk to Her ” - spearsdw
 
4.
Robert Altman
Director, Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
“ 2001 - Gosford Park
1993 - Short Cuts
1992 - The Player
1975 - Nashville
1970 - MASH ” - spearsdw
 
5.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ 2007 - There Will Be Blood ” - spearsdw
 
6.
“ 1956 - Around the World in 80 Days ” - spearsdw
 
7.
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ 2014 - The Grand Budapest Hotel ” - spearsdw
 
8.
Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ 1966 - Blow-Up ” - spearsdw
 
9.
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ 2010 - Black Swan ” - spearsdw
 
10.
Hal Ashby
Director, Being There
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household in Ogden, Utah, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of high school, getting married and divorced all before he was 19...
“ 1978 - Coming Home ” - spearsdw
 
11.
Richard Attenborough
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough...
“ 1982 - Gandhi * ” - spearsdw
 
12.
“ 1976 - Rocky * ” - spearsdw
 
13.
“ 1985 - Kiss of the Spider Woman ” - spearsdw
 
14.
Lionel Barrymore
The legendary Lionel Barrymore, one of the great cinema character actors, was the oldest of the three Barrymmore siblings. Along with Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore, he shares a prominent place in American acting in the first half of the 20th Century. In addition to winning a Best Actor Academy Award (for A Free Soul)...
“ 1928/29 - Madame X (Note: This is not an official nomination; there were no nominees announced for this awards year. According to AMPAS records, this was one of the names under consideration in this category.) ” - spearsdw
 
15.
Warren Beatty
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass, Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, and actor, and few have evidenced so high a level of integrity in a body of work...
“ 1981 - Reds *
1978 - Heaven Can Wait (Note: co-nominated with Buck Henry) ” - spearsdw
 
16.
Harry Beaumont
Born in Abilene, KS, in 1888, Harry Beaumont started his show-business career early--he quit school to become an actor in a traveling stock company, and eventually made his way to the New York stage. In 1912 he began working as a film actor for Edison studios--which was headquartered across the river in New Jersey--in everything from two-reel shorts to serials...
“ 1928/29 - The Broadway Melody (Note: This is not an official nomination; there were no nominees announced for this awards year. According to AMPAS records, this was one of the names under consideration in this category.) ” - spearsdw
 
17.
“ 1998 - Life Is Beautiful ” - spearsdw
 
18.
“ 1984 - Places in the Heart
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer * ” - spearsdw
 
19.
Bruce Beresford
Australian film director, at his best with period pieces and small-scale dramas. Considered one of Australia's "New Wave" directors.
“ 1983 - Tender Mercies ” - spearsdw
 
20.
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions is the trilogy closed. Here...
“ 1983 - Fanny & Alexander
1976 - Face to Face
1973 - Cries and Whispers ” - spearsdw
 
21.
Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ 1987 - The Last Emperor *
1973 - Last Tango in Paris ” - spearsdw
 
22.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ 2009 - The Hurt Locker * ” - spearsdw
 
23.
Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter originally was an actor in the 1950s...
“ 1971 - The Last Picture Show ” - spearsdw
 
24.
John Boorman
Producer, Excalibur
John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. There...
“ 1987 - Hope and Glory
1972 - Deliverance ” - spearsdw
 
25.
“ 1931/32 - Bad Girl *
1927/28 - Drama: 7th Heaven * ” - spearsdw
 
26.
“ 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire * ” - spearsdw
 
27.
Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh, was born in 1970...
“ 1989 - Henry V ” - spearsdw
 
28.
“ 1927/28 - Drama: Sorrell and Son ” - spearsdw
 
29.
“ 1992 - Scent of a Woman ” - spearsdw
 
30.
“ 1983 - Terms of Endearment * ” - spearsdw
 
31.
Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
“ 1967 - In Cold Blood
1966 - The Professionals
1958 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” - spearsdw
 
32.
Clarence Brown
Director, National Velvet
Clarence Leon Brown was the son of Larkin Harry and Catherine Ann (Gaw) Brown of Clinton, Massachusetts. His family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1905 and from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in mechanical and electrical engineering in 1912...
“ 1946 - The Yearling
1945 - National Velvet
1943 - The Human Comedy
1930/31 - A Free Soul
1929/30 - Anna Christie -and- Romance ” - spearsdw
 
33.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
“ 2009 - Avatar
1997 - Titanic * ” - spearsdw
 
34.
Jane Campion
Writer, The Piano
Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early 1980s...
“ 1993 - The Piano ” - spearsdw
 
35.
Frank Capra
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ 1946 - It's a Wonderful Life
1939 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1938 - You Can't Take It with You *
1936 - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town *
1934 - It Happened One Night *
1932/33 - Lady for a Day ” - spearsdw
 
36.
Jack Cardiff
Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical life in pantomime and vaudeville...
“ 1960 - Sons and Lovers ” - spearsdw
 
37.
“ 1974 - A Woman Under the Influence ” - spearsdw
 
38.
“ 1997 - The Full Monty ” - spearsdw
 
39.
Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter which won the Oscar for best film...
“ 1978 - The Deer Hunter * ” - spearsdw
 
40.
“ 1959 - Room at the Top ” - spearsdw
 
41.
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ 2005 - Good Night, and Good Luck ” - spearsdw
 
42.
“ 2010 - True Grit (Note: co-nominated with Joel Coen)
2007 - No Country for Old Men * (Note: co-nominated with Joel Coen) ” - spearsdw
 
43.
“ 2010 - True Grit (Note: co-nominated with Ethan Coen)
2007 - No Country for Old Men * (Note: co-nominated with Ethan Coen)
1996 - Fargo ” - spearsdw
 
44.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ 1990 - The Godfather: Part III
1979 - Apocalypse Now
1974 - The Godfather: Part II *
1972 - The Godfather ” - spearsdw
 
45.
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ 2003 - Lost in Translation ” - spearsdw
 
46.
Costa-Gavras
Director, Missing
“ 1969 - Z ” - spearsdw
 
47.
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ 1990 - Dances with Wolves * ” - spearsdw
 
48.
Charles Crichton
Director Charles Crichton's film career began as an editor in 1935 with Alexander Korda's London Films, and in that capacity he worked on such productions as Sanders of the River, Things to Come and Elephant Boy (which introduced Sabu to movie audiences). He soon left London Films for Ealing Studios...
“ 1988 - A Fish Called Wanda ” - spearsdw
 
49.
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ 2013 - Gravity * ” - spearsdw
 
50.
“ 1964 - My Fair Lady *
1950 - Born Yesterday
1947 - A Double Life
1940 - The Philadelphia Story
1932/33 - Little Women ” - spearsdw
 
51.
Irving Cummings
Director, Curly Top
New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, turning out mostly action films and an occasional comedy...
“ 1928/29 - In Old Arizona (Note: This is not an official nomination; there were no nominees announced for this awards year. According to AMPAS records, this was one of the names under consideration in this category.) ” - spearsdw
 
52.
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
The director Michael Curtiz was an American director of Hungarian origin and an Oscar-winner. He received his diploma from the School for Dramatic Arts in 1906. He then went to live in Pécs, then in Szeged. Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. The next year...
“ 1943 - Casablanca *
1942 - Yankee Doodle Dandy
1938 - Angels with Dirty Faces
1938 - Four Daughters
1935 - Captain Blood (Note: This is not an official nomination; Curtiz was a write-in candidate.) ” - spearsdw
 
53.
Stephen Daldry
Director, The Reader
In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the Old Red Lion in London.
“ 2008 - The Reader
2002 - The Hours
2000 - Billy Elliot ” - spearsdw
 
54.
Lee Daniels
Producer, Empire
Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his childhood...
“ 2009 - Precious ” - spearsdw
 
55.
Jules Dassin
Director, Rififi
Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi, Never on Sunday, and Topkapi. He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants...
“ 1960 - Never on Sunday ” - spearsdw
 
56.
Cecil B. DeMille
His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts...
“ 1952 - The Greatest Show on Earth ” - spearsdw
 
57.
“ 1991 - The Silence of the Lambs * ” - spearsdw
 
58.
William Dieterle
Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught his eye as a teen...
“ 1937 - The Life of Emile Zola ” - spearsdw
 
59.
Edward Dmytryk
Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age of 15 and helped him find part-time work as a film studio messenger...
“ 1947 - Crossfire ” - spearsdw
 
60.
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ 2006 - Letters from Iwo Jima
2004 - Million Dollar Baby *
2003 - Mystic River
1992 - Unforgiven * ” - spearsdw
 
61.
Atom Egoyan
Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar in Armenia. Won attention at the Sundance Film Festival for earlier work...
“ 1997 - The Sweet Hereafter ” - spearsdw
 
62.
John Farrow
John Farrow wrote short stories and plays during his four-year career in the navy. In the late 1920s he came to Hollywood as a technical advisor for a film about Marines and stayed as a screenwriter, from A Sailor's Sweetheart through Tarzan Escapes. He married Tarzan's Jane, Maureen O'Sullivan, in 1936. He began directing in 1937 (Men in Exile and West of Shanghai)...
“ 1942 - Wake Island ” - spearsdw
 
63.
Federico Fellini
Writer,
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ 1975 - Amarcord
1970 - Fellini Satyricon
1963 - 8 1/2
1961 - La Dolce Vita ” - spearsdw
 
64.
“ 1995 - Leaving Las Vegas ” - spearsdw
 
65.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ 2010 - The Social Network
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ” - spearsdw
 
66.
Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming entered motion pictures as a combination driver and stunt man at the Flying A studio in Santa Barbara, California, in 1912, following a series of jobs that included bicycle mechanic, taxi driver, auto mechanic (He also did a little racing on the side), chauffeur and auto salesman. Allan Dwan took credit for hiring him after he repaired Dwan's car...
“ 1939 - Gone with the Wind * ” - spearsdw
 
67.
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director. When Orson Welles, who repeatedly screened Ford's Stagecoach as a crash course in filmmaking before helming his first film, Citizen Kane, was asked who his three favorite directors were, he answered, "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." Along with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille...
“ 1952 - The Quiet Man *
1941 - How Green Was My Valley *
1940 - The Grapes of Wrath *
1939 - Stagecoach
1935 - The Informer * ” - spearsdw
 
68.
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ 1996 - The People vs. Larry Flynt
1984 - Amadeus *
1975 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest * ” - spearsdw
 
69.
Bob Fosse
Miscellaneous Crew, All That Jazz
“ 1979 - All That Jazz
1974 - Lenny
1972 - Cabaret * ” - spearsdw
 
70.
Sidney Franklin
Director, The Good Earth
Sidney Franklin was involved in amateur filmmaking while still at school. With his brother Chester M. Franklin, he wrote, directed and edited a short film, The Baby, at a cost of $400. Somehow it attracted the interest of D.W. Griffith, who decided to put the brothers to work making children's films for the Triangle Film Corporation...
“ 1937 - The Good Earth ” - spearsdw
 
71.
“ 2006 - The Queen
1990 - The Grifters ” - spearsdw
 
72.
William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
“ 1973 - The Exorcist
1971 - The French Connection * ” - spearsdw
 
73.
“ 1962 - Divorce Italian Style ” - spearsdw
 
74.
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ 1995 - Braveheart * ” - spearsdw
 
75.
Tony Gilroy
Tony Gilroy was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA; and raised in upstate New York. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and screenwriter. Tony has penned many films, including The Devil's Advocate and The Cutting Edge.
“ 2007 - Michael Clayton ” - spearsdw
 
76.
Peter Glenville
Director, Becket
A talented actor and distinguished stage director, Peter Glenville was the son of Shaun Glenville, the British music hall artist and noted pantomime dame. Born in London Glenville was educated at the Jesuit's Stonyhurst College where he appeared in a production of Hamlet in the 1930s where he was singled out by critics for his matinee idol looks...
“ 1964 - Becket ” - spearsdw
 
77.
Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter. After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada Television...
“ 2006 - United 93 ” - spearsdw
 
78.
“ 2004 - Ray ” - spearsdw
 
79.
Paul Haggis
Writer, Crash
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay...
“ 2005 - Crash ” - spearsdw
 
80.
Alexander Hall
Making his stage debut in 1898 at age four, Alexander Hall entered films in 1914 as an actor. Leaving the film industry to serve in the American army in World War I, he returned from military service in 1917 and re-entered the business, but this time as an editor and assistant director. He made his directorial debut in 1932...
“ 1941 - Here Comes Mr. Jordan ” - spearsdw
 
81.
“ 1999 - The Cider House Rules
1987 - My Life as a Dog ” - spearsdw
 
82.
“ 2012 - Amour ” - spearsdw
 
83.
Curtis Hanson
After small films like The Bedroom Window and Sweet Kill, Curtis Hanson went on to direct major features including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild and the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential. Setting his sights on another city, Hanson was critically acclaimed for directing Eminem in Universal Pictures' 8 Mile...
“ 1997 - L.A. Confidential ” - spearsdw
 
84.
“ 1968 - The Lion in Winter ” - spearsdw
 
85.
Henry Hathaway
Director, True Grit
Henry Hathaway, a son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge, he briefly tried a career in finance but then returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such directors as Frank Lloyd...
“ 1935 - The Lives of a Bengal Lancer ” - spearsdw
 
86.
Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
“ 1941 - Sergeant York ” - spearsdw
 
87.
Michel Hazanavicius
Director, The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis...
“ 2011 - The Artist * ” - spearsdw
 
88.
“ 1978 - Heaven Can Wait (Note: co-nominated with Warren Beatty) ” - spearsdw
 
89.
Scott Hicks
Director, Shine
Hicks was born in Uganda and lived in Kenya, just outside Nairobi, until the age of ten. His family then moved, first to England and, when he was 14, on to Adelaide, Australia. Hicks graduated from Flinders University of South Australia (BA Honors) in 1975 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1997...
“ 1996 - Shine ” - spearsdw
 
90.
George Roy Hill
Director, The Sting
Combative director George Roy Hill never hit it off with the critics, despite the fact that two of his films -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting -- had remained among the top ten box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks, Andrew Sarris famously referring to it as 'idiosyncratic odious oiliness'...
“ 1973 - The Sting *
1969 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ” - spearsdw
 
91.
“ 1970 - Love Story ” - spearsdw
 
92.
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ 1960 - Psycho
1954 - Rear Window
1945 - Spellbound
1944 - Lifeboat
1940 - Rebecca ” - spearsdw
 
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Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces, which premiered at the London Film Festival; it was released theatrically and later shown on Channel 4...
“ 2010 - The King's Speech * ” - spearsdw
 
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Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ 2008 - Frost/Nixon
2001 - A Beautiful Mind * ” - spearsdw
 
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“ 1981 - Chariots of Fire ” - spearsdw
 
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John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ 1985 - Prizzi's Honor
1952 - Moulin Rouge
1951 - The African Queen
1950 - The Asphalt Jungle
1948 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre * ” - spearsdw
 
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films-Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006) (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful (2010), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), and The Revenant (2015)-have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins...
“ 2015 - The Revenant *
2014 - Birdman *
2006 - Babel ” - spearsdw
 
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James Ivory
The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean Renoir...
“ 1993 - The Remains of the Day
1992 - Howards End
1986 - A Room with a View ” - spearsdw
 
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Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ 2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King *
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ” - spearsdw
 
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Norman Jewison
Producer, The Hurricane
Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, University of Toronto...
“ 1987 - Moonstruck
1971 - Fiddler on the Roof
1967 - In the Heat of the Night ” - spearsdw