Oscar: Black Directors

In the entire history of the Oscars Awards, only six African Americans have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar, though as today, no black filmmaker has..

1991: John Singleton, Boyz n the Hood

First African American to be nominated for Best Director, and youngest person ever nominated in this category (age 24).

2009: Lee Daniels, Precious

Second African American to earn a Best Director nomination, and the first African-American director to earn a Best Picture nomination.

2013: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

First black British to earn a Best Director nomination, and first black director to direct a Best Picture winning film.

2016: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Second black director to direct a Best Picture winning film.

2017: Jordan Peele, Get Out

First African American to earn a Best Director nomination and a Best Picture nomination for a debut film.

2018: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Co-winner of the Best Adapted Screenplay Award.