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The Most Nominated Best Directors

The Most Nominated Best Directors

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The Most Nominated Best Directors:
Although John Ford has won more Oscars, he has only five Best Director nominations, WilliamWyler holds the record for the most nominations as director - twelve. Runner-up is Billy Wilder with eight Best Director nominations.
 
In addition, Billy Wilder has a total of twenty-one career nominations and six Oscars for variousroles:
Nominated eight times for director (with two Best Director wins - see below) between1944 and 1960
 
Nominated twelve times for screenwriting (with three wins for 
,
, and
)
Nominated (and won) once as producer for the Best Picture-winning 
 
A few directors have accomplished the 'hat trick' of triple Oscar wins as producer-director-writer:
Leo McCarey for 
Going My Way (1944)
 
Billy Wilder for 
 
Francis Ford Coppola for  
 
 
James L. Brooks for 
Peter Jackson for 
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
 
The Winning-est Directors (with Two Best Director Oscars):
Fifteen directors have two Best Director Oscar wins, and include the following (with no. of nominations in parentheses):
Billy Wilder (8)
 
David Lean (7)
 
Fred Zinnemann (7)
 
Steven Spielberg (6)
 
Elia Kazan (5)
 
George Stevens (5)
 
Clint Eastwood (4)
 
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (4)
Robert Wise (3)
 
Oliver Stone (3)
 
Milos Forman (3)
 
Leo McCarey (3)
 
Lewis Milestone (3)
 
Frank Lloyd (3)
 
Frank Borzage (2)
 
Back-to-Back Director Winners:
Only two directors have won back-to-back (consecutive year) directing Oscars:
John Ford for 
 and
 
 
Joseph L. Mankiewicz for 
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
and
 (Mankiewicz is the
only 
writer-director to have back-to-back double wins for bothscreenwriting and directing)
 
Best Director Oscar Omissions:
Some of the greatest directors of all time have never won an Academy Award for Best Director (and many were never nominated - see
), including ClarenceBrown, Charlie Chaplin, King Vidor, Howard Hawks, D. W. Griffith, Brian De Palma, GeorgeSidney, John Cassavetes, Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, F.W. Murnau, WilliamA. Wellman, Otto Preminger, Sam Wood, Gregory La Cava, Norman Jewison, Sidney Lumet,Ernst Lubitsch, Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, Robert Rossen, Fritz Lang, Spike Lee, RoubenMamoulian, W.S. Van Dyke, Stanley Kubrick, Herbert Ross, Tim Burton, Blake Edwards, StanleyKramer, Joshua Logan, James Ivory, Alan J. Pakula, Paul Mazursky, Arthur Penn, RichardBrooks, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Peter Weir, Akira Kurosawa, Barbra Streisand,Ingmar Bergman, and Sam Peckinpah.
Best Director Summary:
It appears that twenty-six directors have been nominated four or more times:
John Ford (5 nominations, 4 wins):Oscar wins
: The Informer (1935)
,
 
.Nominated:
William Wyler (12 nominations, 3 wins):Oscar wins:
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
, 
 
Nominated:
The Collector (1965)
,
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
,
 
,
Detective Story (1951)
,
The Heiress (1949)
,
The Little Foxes (1941)
, 
,
 
,
Dodsworth (1936)
 
Frank Capra (6 nominations, 3 wins):Oscars wins:
, 
,and
 YouCan't Take It With You (1938)
 Nominated:
, 
 
,
Ladyfor a Day (1933)
Billy Wilder (8 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
and
 Nominated:
,
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
,
Sabrina(1954)
,
Stalag 17 (1953)
, 
, 
 
David Lean (7 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
 
 Nominated:
A Passage to India (1984)
,
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
,
Summertime (1955)
,
Great Expectations (1946)
, 
Fred Zinnemann (7 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
and
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
 
 
Nominated:
Julia (1977)
,
The Sundowners (1960)
,
The Nun's Story (1959)
,
,
The Search (1948)
 
Steven Spielberg (6 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
and
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Nominated:
Munich (2005)
,
 
, 
,
Elia Kazan (5 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
and
 Nominated:
America, America (1963)
,
, 
 
George Stevens (5 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
and
Giant (1956)
Nominated:
, 
, 
The Diary of Anne Frank(1959)
 
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (4 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
, 
Nominated:
Five Fingers (1952)
,
Sleuth (1972)
Clint Eastwood (4 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
,
Nominated:
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), Mystic River (2003)
Frank Lloyd (3 official nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
The Divine Lady (1928/29)
(unofficial) and
Cavalcade (1932/33)
 Nominated:
, 
Weary River (1928/9)
and
Drag (1928/29)
(unofficial)
Oliver Stone (3 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
Platoon (1986)
and
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
 Nominated:
JFK (1991)
Milos Forman (3 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
Amadeus (1984)
Nominated:
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
 
Robert Wise (3 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
 
 (co-winner),
Nominated:
I Want to Live! (1958)
 
Leo McCarey (3 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
, 
Going My Way (1944)
Nominated:
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Lewis Milestone (3 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
 
,Two Arabian Knights (1927/8)
Nominated:
The Front Page (1931)
Frank Borzage (2 nominations, 2 wins):Oscar wins:
Bad Girl (1931/2), Seventh Heaven (1927/8)

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