Oscar Directors: Age, Life Span–Trends

The first Best Directing Oscar was divided between Comedy and Dramatic films.

Frank Capra (lifespan 94 years, 108 days) is one of three directors (alongside Billy Wilder and Elia Kazan) to have lived over 55 years (56 years, 188 days) after receiving the award.

Victor Fleming (lifespan 59 years, 318 days) is one of two directors (alongside Carol Reed) to have lived less than 10 years (8 years, 312 days) after receiving the award.

Billy Wilder holds the record for longest lifespan (95 years, 278 days). He is one of three directors (alongside Frank Capra and Elia Kazan) to have lived over 55 years (56 years, 20 days) after receiving the award.

Elia Kazan (lifespan 94 years, 21 days) is one of three directors (alongside Billy Wilder and Frank Capra) to have lived over 55 years (55 years, 192 days) after receiving the award.

Carol Reed (lifespan 69 years, 117 days) is one of two directors (alongside Victor Fleming) to have lived less than 10 years (7 years, 11 days) after receiving the award.

Anthony Minghella holds the record for shortest lifespan (54 years, 72 days).