Oscar Directors: Winners of Best Director Whose Films Did Not Win Best Picture

Oscar Directors: Winners of Best Director Whose Films Did Not Win Best Picture, 1929-present

My Oscar Book:

Correlation between the Two Awards

1927/1928: Frank Borzage; Wings

1928/1929: Frank Lloyd; The Broadway Melody

1929/1930: Norman Taurog; All Quiet on the Western Front

1931/1932: Frank Borzage; Grand Hotel

1935: John Ford; Mutiny on the Bounty

1936: Frank Capra; The Great Ziegfeld

1937: Leo McCarey; The Life of Emile Zola

1940: John Ford; Rebecca

1948: John Huston; Hamlet

1949: Joseph Mankiewicz; All the King’s Men

1951: George Stevens; American in Paris

1952: John Ford; The Greatest Story Ever Told

1956: George Stevens; Around the World in 80 Days

1967: Mike Nichols; In the Heat of the Night

1972: Bob Fosse; The Godfather

1981: Warren Beatty; Chariots of Fire

1989: Oliver Stone; Driving Miss Daisy

1998: Steven Spielberg; Shakespeare in Love

2000: Soderbergh; Gladiator

2002: Roman Polanski; Chicago

2005: Ang Lee; Crash

2012: Ang Lee; Argo

2013: Alfonso Cuaron; 12 Years a Slave

2015: Inarritu; Spotlight

2016: Damien Chazelle; Moonlight

2018: Cuaron; Green Book

2021: Jane Campion; CODA



In 96 years of Oscars, 27 filmmakers (about 29 percent) have won the Best Director Oscar, without earning the Best Picture kudo.

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