Directors that weren't nominated but were almost close at being nominated for Best Director, Screenplay, or Picture with writers and producers or: Runners Up for Oscar Nominations

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Irvin Kershner
Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. He later turned to television, directing and photographing a series of documentaries called "Confidential File"...
“ Best Director: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi ” - adog1990
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Best Director: Top Gun
Best Director: Crimson Tide ” - adog1990
Ulu Grosbard
A former diamond cutter in his native Belgium, Ulu Grosbard was educated at the University of Chicago, then attended the Yale Drama School. Becoming a stage director in 1957, Grosbard directed many successful Broadway shows. In the early '60s Grosbard journeyed to Hollywood, where he was hired as an assistant director on several productions...
“ Best Director: The Subject Was Roses
Best Director: Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? ” - adog1990
John Landis
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes. Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns...
“ Best Director: An American Werewolf in London
Best Director: Trading Places ” - adog1990
“ Best Original Screenplay: Home Alone ” - adog1990
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ Best Director: Starman ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Client ” - adog1990
Michael Bay
Producer, Transformers
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and The Divinyls...
“ Best Director: The Rock ” - adog1990
Joe Wright
Director, Atonement
“ Best Director: Atonement ” - adog1990
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ Best Director: A History of Violence
Best Director: Eastern Promises ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Monster's Ball
Best Director: Finding Neverland ” - adog1990
Jan de Bont
Cinematographer, Die Hard
Jan de Bont was born in the Netherlands to a Roman Catholic Dutch family on the 22 of October 1943. He has always had a creative mind and good mentality for camera techniques and soon got into film as a popular cinematographer. He worked on a huge number of films before finding himself on the production of the film Speed...
“ Best Director: Speed
Best Picture: Minority Report ” - adog1990
Barry Sonnenfeld
Director, Men in Black
Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water. Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple.. This film began his collaboration with the Coen Bros....
“ Best Director: The Addams Family
Best Director: Men in Black
Best Picture: Enchanted ” - adog1990
Walter Hill
Producer, Aliens
Hill was born in Long Beach, California and educated at Mexico City College and Michigan State University. He worked in oil drilling and construction in the 60s before becoming a 2nd assistant director in 1967. He has written and co-written screenplays, including several uncredited works. He has produced and directed films since 1975.
“ Best Picture: Alien
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aliens
Best Director: Geronimo: An American Legend ” - adog1990
Vincent Ward
Writer, Alien³
Vincent Ward has produced, executive produced and/or written and directed feature films including What Dreams May Come (Which won an Oscar and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards), The River Queen (Won best film in Shanghai) and The Last Samurai (4 Academy Award nominations and winner of Best Foreign Film in Japan) developing the underlying material he chose the director...
“ Best Director: What Dreams May Come ” - adog1990
Don Taylor
Director, Damien: Omen II
Born in Freeport, Pennsylvania, Don Taylor studied law, then speech and drama at Penn State University, where as a freshman he began taking part in college stage productions. Hitchhiking to Hollywood in 1942, the youthful Taylor screen-tested at Warner Brothers but was rejected because of his draft status...
“ Best Director: Tom Sawyer ” - adog1990
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ Best Director: A Simple Plan
Best Director: Spider-Man 2 ” - adog1990
Paul Schrader
Writer, Taxi Driver
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18...
“ Best Original Screenplay: Taxi Driver
Best Adapted Screenplay: Raging Bull
Best Adapted Screenplay: Affliction ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Superman
Best Director: Inside Moves
Best Director: Lethal Weapon
Best Director: Maverick ” - adog1990
Richard Lester
Director, Superman II
Richard Lester was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, and continued his career into the 1970s and early '80s. He is best remembered for the two films he helmed starring The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), the frenetic cutting style of which was seen by many as the predecessor of the music video a generation later...
“ Best Director: A Hard Day's Night
Best Director: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Pretty Woman ” - adog1990
Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943. The Libra is 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She is the younger sister of filmmakers Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin...
“ Best Director: Big
Best Director: Awakenings ” - adog1990
Jon Favreau
Producer, Iron Man
Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director. The amiable, husky-framed actor with the tight...
“ Best Director: Iron Man ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Usual Suspects ” - adog1990
Edgar Wright
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...
“ Best Adapted Screenplay: The Adventures of Tintin ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Ghost
Best Picture: My Best Friend's Weeding ” - adog1990
Frank Oz
Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary puppeteers...
“ Best Director: Little Shop of Horrors
Best Director: In & Out ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Thousands Cheer
Best Director: Anchors Aweigh
Best Director: Annie Get Your Gun ” - adog1990
Charles Vidor
Director, Gilda
Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned his living as a singer in Broadway choruses and (at one time) with a Wagnerian troupe...
“ Best Director: A Farewell to Arms ” - adog1990
Robert Aldrich
Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, and directed his first feature in 1953 (Big Leaguer)...
“ Best Director: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Best Director: The Dirty Dozen
Best Director: The Longest Yard ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Die Hard ” - adog1990
Gordon Parks
Director, Shaft
The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft, achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film effort...
“ Best Director: Shaft ” - adog1990
Alex Proyas
Director, Dark City
Alex Proyas has moved effortlessly between helming TV commercials and music videos to feature films. Born to Greek parents in Egypt, Proyas relocated to Australia with his family when he was three years old. He began making films at age ten and went on to attend the Australian Film Television and Radio School along with Jane Campion and Jocelyn Moorhouse...
“ Best Director: I, Robot ” - adog1990
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day and The Patriot. Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Emmerich began his career in his native Germany...
“ Best Director: The Patriot ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ” - adog1990
Anthony Mann
Director, El Cid
“ Best Director: The Glenn Miller Story
Best Director: El Cid
Best Director: The Fall of the Roman Empire ” - adog1990
Roy Rowland
Roy Rowland studied law at the University of Southern California, then joined MGM as a script clerk. As if getting that job wasn't enough good luck in the middle of the Depression, he also married the niece of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. He sharpened his directing chops at MGM with a series of shorts starting in the 1930s...
“ Best Director: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Best Director: Meet Me in Las Vegas ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Venus ” - adog1990
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
“ Best Director: Carrie
Best Director: The Untouchables ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Star Trek ” - adog1990
H. Bruce Humberstone
Director, Wonder Man
A juvenile actor, Bruce Humberstone started his career as a script clerk, later serving as assistant director for the likes of King Vidor, Edmund Goulding and Allan Dwan. One of the 28 founders of the Directors Guild of America, Humberstone worked in a number of capacities on several silent films...
“ Best Director: Wonder Man ” - adog1990
Fritz Lang
Director, M
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914...
“ Best Director: Fury ” - adog1990
“ Best Adapted Screenplay: The Dark Knight ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Blind Side ” - adog1990
Harold Ramis
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
“ Best Original Screenplay: Ghostbusters ” - adog1990
Rob Cohen
Rob Cohen is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. One of the 1970's "baby moguls", he built a thriving career as a producer, before concentrating full time on directing from the 1990's, with high adrenaline action blockbusters such as xXx and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. He is the creator of The Fast and the Furious, Universal Pictures' biggest franchise of all time...
“ Best Director: DragonHeart ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Meet the Parents
Best Picture: Borat: Cultural Learnings of American for Making Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan ” - adog1990
Rodrigo García
Producer, Blue
“ Best Director: Albert Nobbs ” - adog1990
Christopher Guest
U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes), was a vice president of casting at CBS...
“ Best Original Screenplay: A Mighty Wind ” - adog1990
“ Best Adapted Screenplay: The Fugitive ” - adog1990
Andrew Davis
Director, The Fugitive
Director/Producer/Writer) Andrew Davis is a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent thrillers, most notably the Academy Award-nominated box-office hit The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and 'Tommy Lee Jones' (Fqv). The film received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and earned Jones a Best Supporting Actor award...
“ Best Director: The Fugitive ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Towering Inferno
Best Director: Death on the Nile ” - adog1990
Ted Demme
Director, Blow
“ Best Director: Life ” - adog1990
Tobe Hooper
Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror. Before becoming a filmmaker, Hooper--a native of Austin, TX--spent the 1960s as a college teacher and documentary cameraman. He organized a small cast of teachers and students and made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre...
“ Best Director: Poltergeist ” - adog1990
Wes Craven
Director, Scream
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote...
“ Best Director: Music of the Heart ” - adog1990
Jonathan Kaplan
Producer, ER
Jonathan Kaplan was born in Paris, France, to film composer Sol Kaplan and actress Frances Heflin (the sister of actor Van Heflin and a regular on ABC's soap opera All My Children. He started his career as a child actor in the Broadway production of "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," directed by Elia Kazan...
“ Best Director: Heart Like a Wheel
Best Director: The Accused ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Odd Couple
Best Director: Cactus Flower ” - adog1990
Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
“ Best Original Screenplay: Tropic Thunder ” - adog1990
Nicholas Stoller
Writer, Yes Man
Nicholas Stoller is an English-American screenwriter and director. He is known best for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and writing/directing its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek. He also wrote The Muppets and directed the Seth Rogen comedy, Neighbors. He is a frequent creative partner of Jason Segel.
“ Best Adapted Screenplay: The Muppets ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: My Big Fat Greek Weeding ” - adog1990
Howard Zieff
Director, My Girl
“ Best Director: Private Benjamin ” - adog1990
“ Best Original Screenplay: Edward Scissorhands
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Addams Family
Best Original Screenplay: The Nightmare Before Christmas ” - adog1990
“ Best Adapted Screenplay: Hook ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Elizabeth ” - adog1990
John Woo
Director, Face/Off
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow established...
“ Best Director: Face/Off ” - adog1990
“ Best Picture: Rosemary's Baby ” - adog1990
Richard Loncraine
Director, Firewall
Director Richard Loncraine has earned great acclaim for his work in film, television and commercials. He studied sculpture at the Central School of Art before attending the Royal College of Art Film School. He spent three years working for the BBC before moving into commercials. Since those days he has successfully alternated directing films with directing television productions...
“ Best Director: Richard III ” - adog1990
Craig Brewer
Father, Walter D. Brewer worked in a number of high-level corporate positions for Matson Navigation Company, culminating in the position of director of corporate development from 1990-1998, when he died. His work caused the family to move from Vallejo, California (where Craig attended elementary school and junior high) to Orange County...
“ Best Director: Hustle & Flow ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Shadow of the Vampire ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Bridget Jones' Diary ” - adog1990
John Frankenheimer
Director, Ronin
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
“ Best Director: The Manchurian Candidate
Best Director: Seven Days in May
Best Director: The Train
Best Director: The Fixer ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Cowboy and the Lady ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Tinker Tailor Solider Spy ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Notes of a Scandal ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Coal Miner's Daughter
Best Director: Gorillas in the Mist ” - adog1990
James Mangold
Producer, Logan
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
“ Best Director: Girl, Interrupted
Best Adapted Screenplay: Walk the Line ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Mask ” - adog1990
Guy Hamilton
Director, Goldfinger
Typically British stiff-upper-lip war dramas and action adventure laced with moments of sophisticated comedy were Guy Hamilton's trademark. The son of a British diplomat, he spent most of his youth with his family in France, seemingly destined to be groomed for a career in the diplomatic service. Growing up...
“ Best Director: Goldfinger
Best Director: Diamonds Are Forever ” - adog1990
Mike Newell
Attended Cambridge University. Three year training course at Granada Television, with intention of going into theatre. Graduated to directing TV plays, building strong reputation for work with David Hare, David Edgar, Hohn, John Osborne, Jack Rosenthal.
“ Best Director: Enchanted April
Best Director: Four Weddings and a Funeral
Best Director: Donnie Brasco ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Sexy Beast ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Thirteen ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Illusionist ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Somewhere in Time ” - adog1990
Andy Tennant
Director, Hitch
“ Best Director: Anna and the King ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Hitchcock ” - adog1990
“ Best Original Screenplay: U-571 ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: Anne of the Thousand Days
Best Director: The Other Side of Midnight ” - adog1990
Matthew Robbins
Writer, Mimic
Matthew Robbins was born in New York City and went to the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a BA degree in Romance Languages. Shortly after getting his MFA at the USC School of Cinema, he began writing screenplays with partner Hal Barwood. Together, in a period of three years, they wrote and sold six scripts...
“ Best Director: Dragonslayer ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Pursuit of Happyness ” - adog1990
“ Best Original Screenplay: Silver Streak
Best Original Screenplay: Foul Play
Best Original Screenplay: Nine to Five ” - adog1990
“ Best Adapted Screenplay: Real Steel ” - adog1990
Bertrand Tavernier
Director, 'Round Midnight
Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.
“ Best Director: Round Midnight ” - adog1990
“ Best Original Screenplay: I Am Sam ” - adog1990
Lone Scherfig
Director, An Education
Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), received the Grand Prix in Montreal and the Cinekid Prize in Amsterdam...
“ Best Director: An Education ” - adog1990
Patty Jenkins
Director, Monster
Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, helming the pilot episode of AMC's hit show The Killing and as the director of the upcoming Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers. Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City...
“ Best Director: Monster ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: The Muppet Movie ” - adog1990
“ Best Director: My Best Friend's Weeding ” - adog1990
Victor Nunez
Director, Ulee's Gold
This film director, a founding member of the Independent Feature Project, has made a name with low-budget, non-"Hollywood" projects which gestate for as long as ten years before being filmed. Nunez - who grew up in Peru and in Tallahassee, Florida - completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in film, then worked on educational and industrial shorts...
“ Best Original Screenplay: Ulee's Gold
Best Director: Ulee's Gold ” - adog1990