Academy Award Winners and Nominees: Directors - Full List

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2000s

2008

Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Stephen Daldry – The Reader

2007

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men

Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jason Reitman – Juno
Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood

2006

Martin Scorsese – The Departed

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

2005

Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain

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

2004

Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby

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

2003

Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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

2002

Roman PolanskiThe Pianist

Rob Marshall – Chicago
Martin Scorsese – Gangs of New York
Stephen Daldry – The Hours
Pedro Almodovar – Talk to Her

2001

Ron HowardA Beautiful Mind

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

2000

Steven SoderberghTraffic

Stephen Daldry – Billy Elliot
Ang Lee – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ridley Scott – Gladiator
Steven Soderbergh – Erin Brockovich

 

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1990s

1999

Sam Mendes – American Beauty

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

1998

Steven Spielberg – Saving Private Ryan

Roberto Benigni – Life is Beautiful
John Madden – Shakespeare in Love
Terrence Malick – The Thin Red Line
Peter Weir – The Truman Show

1997

James CameronTitanic

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

1996

Anthony Minghella – The English Patient

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

1995

Mel GibsonBraveheart

Mike Figgis – Leaving Las Vegas
Chris Noonan – Babe
Michael Radford – Il Postino
Tim Robbins – Dead Man Walking

1994

Robert ZemeckisForrest Gump

Woody Allen – Bullets over Broadway
Krzysztof Kieslowski – Trois couleurs: Rouge (Red)
Robert Redford – Quiz Show
Quentin Tarantino – Pulp Fiction

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

1992

Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven

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

1991

Jonathan Demme – The Silence of the Lambs

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

1990

Kevin CostnerDances with Wolves

Francis Ford Coppola – The Godfather, Part III
Stephen Frears – The Grifters
Barbet Schroeder – Reversal of Fortune
Martin Scorsese – Good Fellas

 

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1980s

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

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

1987

Bernardo Bertolucci – The Last Emperor

John Boorman – Hope and Glory
Lasse Hallstrom – Mitt liv som hund (My Life as a Dog)
Norman Jewison – Moonstruck
Adrian Lyne – Fatal Attraction

1986

Oliver StonePlatoon

Woody Allen – Hannah and Her Sisters
James Ivory – A Room with a View
Roland Joffe – Mission
David Lynch – Blue Velvet

1985

Sydney PollackOut of Africa

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

1984

Milos Forman – Amadeus

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

1983

James L. Brooks – Terms of Endearment

Bruce Beresford – Tender Mercies
Ingmar Bergman – Fanny & Alexander
Mike Nichols – Silkwood
Peter Yates – The Dresser

1982

Richard Attenborough – Gandhi

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

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

1980

Robert Redford – Ordinary People

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

 

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1970s

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

1978

Michael CiminoThe Deer Hunter

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

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

1976

John G. Avildsen – Rocky

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

1975

Milos Forman – One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

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

1974

Francis Ford Coppola – The Godfather, Part II

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

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

1972

Bob Fosse – Cabaret

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

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

1970

Franklin J. SchaffnerPatton

Robert Altman – M*A*S*H
Federico Fellini – Fellini Satyricon
Arthur Hiller – Love Story
Ken Russell – Women in Love

 

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1960s

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?

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 & Juliet

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

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?

1965

Robert WiseThe Sound of Music

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

1964

George Cukor – My Fair Lady

Michael Cacoyannis – Zorba the Greek
Peter Glenville – Becket
Stanley Kubrick – Dr. Strangelove
Robert Stevenson – Mary Poppins

1963

Tony Richardson – Tom Jones

Federico Fellini – Federico Fellini's 8 1/2
Elia Kazan – America, America
Otto Preminger – The Cardinal
Martin Ritt – Hud

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

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

1960

Billy Wilder – The Apartment

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

 

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1950s

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

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!

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

1956

George Stevens – Giant

Michael Anderson – Around the World in 80 Days
Walter Lang – The King and I
William Wyler – Friendly Persuasion
King Vidor – War and Peace

1955

Delbert Mann – Marty

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

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

1953

Fred Zinnemann – From Here to Eternity

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

1952

John Ford – The Quiet Man

Cecil B. De Mille – The Greatest Show on Earth
John Huston – Moulin Rouge
Joseph L. Mankiewicz – Five Fingers
Fred Zinnemann – High Noon

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

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

 

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1940s

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

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

1947

Elia Kazan – Gentleman's Agreement

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

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

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

1944

Leo McCarey – Going My Way

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

1943

Michael CurtizCasablanca

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

1942

William Wyler – Mrs. Miniver

Michael Curtiz – Yankee Doodle Dandy
John Farrow – Wake Island
Mervyn LeRoy – Random Harvest
Sam Wood – King's Row

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

1940

John Ford – The Grapes of Wrath

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

 

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1930s

1939

Victor FlemingGone with the Wind

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

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

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

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

1935

John Ford – The Informer

Michael Curtiz – Captain Blood
Henry Hathaway – Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Frank Lloyd – Mutiny on the Bounty

1934

Frank Capra – It Happened One Night

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

1933

Frank Lloyd – Cavalcade

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

1932

Frank Borzage – Bad Girl

King Vidor – The Champ
Josef Von Sternberg – Shanghai Express

1931

Norman Taurog – Skippy

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

1930

Lewis Milestone – All Quiet on the Western Front

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

 

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1920s

1929

Frank Lloyd – The Divine Lady

Lionel Barrymore – Madame X
Harry Beaumont – Broadway Melody
Irving Cummings – In Old Arizona
Ernst Lubitsch – The Patriot

1928

Frank Borzage – Seventh Heaven (Drama)
Lewis Milestone – Two Arabian Knights (Comedy)

Herbert Brenon – Sorrell and Son
Charles Chaplin – The Circus
King Vidor – The Crowd
Ted Wilde – Speedy