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Academy Award - Directing (winners)

Here is a list of the movie directors that have won the Directing Oscar or Academy Award. The early Academy Awards were for two years. So an Oscar was given for the years 1927-1928. This list shows the director that won the best picture Oscaraward as well as the year the award was won and the movie for which the directing award was won.

76 Directors have won the Academy Award for Directing more than once. Woody Allen, Fred Zimmerman, Frank Capra, and David Lean have been nominated 6 times. Billy Wilder has been nominated for the award 8 times. William Wyler stands out as the Academy's all time favorite director with 12 nominations and 3 Oscars.

Year Movie Director
1934 It Happened One Night Frank Capra
1935 The Informer John Ford
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Frank Capra
1937 The Awful Truth Leo McCarey
1938 You Can't Take It with You Frank Capra
1939 Gone with the Wind Victor Fleming
1940 The Grapes of Wrath John Ford
1941 How Green Was My Valley John Ford
1942 Mrs. Miniver William Wyler
1943 Casablanca Michael Curtiz
1944 Going My Way Leo McCarey
1945 The Lost Weekend Billy Wilder
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler
1947 Gentleman's Agreement Elia Kazan
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston
1949 A Letter to Three Wives Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1950 All about Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1951 A Place in the Sun George Stevens
1952 The Quiet Man John Ford
1953 From Here to Eternity Fred Zinnemann
1954 On the Waterfront Elia Kazan
1955 Marty Delbert Mann
1956 Giant George Stevens
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean
1958 Gigi Vincente Minnelli
1959 Ben-Hur William Wyler
1960 The Apartment Billy Wilder
1961 West Side Story Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
1962 Lawrence of Arabia David Lean
1963 Tom Jones Tony Richardson
1964 My Fair Lady George Cukor
1965 The Sound of Music Robert Wise
1966 A Man for All Seasons Fred Zinnemann
1967 The Graduate Mike Nichols
1968 Oliver! Carol Reed
1969 Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger
1970 Patton Franklin J. Schaffner
1971 The French Connection William Friedkin
1972 Cabaret Bob Fosse
1973 The Sting George Roy Hill
1974 The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola
1975 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Milos Forman
1976 Rocky John G. Avildsen
1977 Annie Hall Woody Allen
1978 The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton
1980 Ordinary People Robert Redford
1981 Reds Warren Beatty
1982 Gandhi Richard Attenborough
1983 Terms of Endearment James L. Brooks
1984 Amadeus Milos Forman
1985 Out of Africa Sydney Pollack
1986 Platoon Oliver Stone
1987 The Last Emperor Bernardo Bertolucci
1988 Rain Man Barry Levinson
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone
1990 Dances With Wolves Kevin Costner
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme
1992 Unforgiven Clint Eastwood
1993 Schindler's List Steven Spielberg
1994 Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis
1995 Braveheart Mel Gibson
1996 The English Patient Anthony Minghella
1997 Titanic James Cameron
1998 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg
1999 American Beauty Sam Mendes
2000 Traffic Steven Soderbergh
2001 A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard
2002 The Pianist Roman Polanski
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson
2004 Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood

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