Oscar Directors: Age at First Film (Winners and Nominees) 1927-Present

Nov 30, 2020

Oscar Nominated Directors (A-Z)

Age at First Film: Summary

Up to 24: 16 directors

25-29:      64

30-34:      71

35-39:      48

40-44:      27

Over 45:     9

 

Up to 24 (16 directors)

Bertolucci, Bernardo, 21,

Borzage, Frank, 19,

Egoyan, Atom, 24,

Ford, John, 23,

Franklin, Sidney, 23

Hicks, Scott, 21

Howard, Ron, 23

Lelouch, Claude, 20,

Leonard, Robert Z., 24

Malle, Louis, 24

Milestone, Lewis, 23

Minghella, Anthony, 24

Noonan, Chris, 21

Shyamalan, M. Night, 22

Singleton, John, 23

Vidor, King, 19

 

25 to 29 (64 directors)

Anderson, Michael, 29,

Anderson, Paul Thomas, 26,

Anderson, Wes, 26

Aronofsky, Darren, 29,

Babenco, Hector, 29

Beaumont, Harry, 27,

Bogdanovich, Peter, 29

Branagh, Kenneth, 29,

Brest, Martin, 27

Brown, Clarence, 25

Cameron, James. 28

Capra, Frank, 27,

Coen, Joel, 29

Coppola, Francis Ford, 27

Coppola, Sofia, 28

Curtiz, Michael, 26

Dmytryk, Edward, 27

Forster, Marc, 26,

Glenville, Peter, 27

Hall, Alexander, 28

Hallstrom, Lasse, 29

Hanson, Curtis, 27

Hitchcock, Alfred, 26

Jackson, Peter, 26

Jenkins, Barry, 29

King, Henry, 29,

Koster, Henry, 27,

Kubrick, Stanley, 25,

La Cava, Gregory, 29,

Lang, Walter, 29,

Lanthymos, Yorgos, 28

Lee, Spike, 29

LeRoy, Mervyn, 28,

Linklater, Richard, 28,

Litvak, Anatole, 28,

Lloyd, Frank, 29

Lubitsch, Ernst, 25

Lucas, George, 27

Mann, Michael, 25

Mereilles, Fernando, 28

Nolan, Christopher, 27

Peterssen, Wolfgang, 27

Preminger, Otto, 26

Radford, Michael, 27

Reed, Carol, 29

Reitman, Jason, 28

Richardson, Tony, 27

Schertzinger, Victor, 29

Scorsese, Martin, 26

Seaton, George, 26

Soderbergh, Steven, 26

Spielberg, Steven, 27

Sternberg, Josef von, 29

Stevens, George, 26

Stevenson, Robert, 27

Stone, Oliver, 28

Tarantino, Quentin, 28

Teshigahara, Hiroshi, 26

Truffaut, Francois, 27

Van Dyke, W. S. 28

Welles, Orson, 26

Wellman, William A. 27

Wyler, William, 27

Zemeckis, Robert, 26

 

30-34 (71 directors)

Almodovar, Pedro (Spanish), 31

Altman, Robert, 32,

Allen, Woody, 34

Benigni, Roberto, 31

Beresford, Bruce, 32

Bergman, Ingmar, 33

Bigelow, Kathryn, 30,

Bong, Joon-ho (Korean for Korean), 31

Boorman, John, 32,

Brenon, Herbert, 33,

Cacoyannis, Michael, 32

Cardiff, Jack, 34

Cassavetes, John, 31

Cattaneo, Peter, 33

Chaplin, Charles, 32

Chazelle, Damien. 32

Clooney, George, 31

Cuaron, Alfonso, 30

Cukor, George, 31

Cummings, Irving, 34

Dassin, Jules, 31.

Del Toro, Guillermo, 30

DeMille, Cecil B. 33,

Demme, Jonathan, 30

Dieterle, William, 30,

Farrow, John, 30,

Fellini, Federico, 30

Fincher, David, 30,

Fleming, Victor, 30

Forman, Milos, 32

Frears, Stephen, 30

Friedkin, William, 32

Gavras-Costa, 32

Germi, Pietro, 32

Gerwig, Greta, 34

Greengrass, Paul, 34

Hawks, Howard, 30

Hooper, Tom, 32,

Jonze, Spike, 30,

Jordan, Neil, 32,

Kurosawa, Akira, 32

Lean, David, 34

Leigh, Mike, 30

Logan, Joshua, 30

Lumet, Sidney, 33,

Lynch, David, 30

McCarey, Leo, 33

Malick, Terrence, 30

Mendes, Sam, 34

Miller, Bennett, 32

Miller, George, 34

Molinaro, Eduard, 30

Mulligan, Robert, 32

Parker, Alan, 31

Perry, Frank, 32

Phillips, Todd, 30,

Polanski, Roman, 31,

Pollack, Sydney, 31

Renoir, Jean, 30

Robbins, Tim, 33

Robson, Mark, 30

Rydell, Mark, 33

Siodmak, Robert, 30

Taurog, Norman, 30

Troell, Jan, 34

Van Sant, Gus, 33

Villeneuve, Denis, 31

Weir, Peter, 30

Yates, Peter, 34

Wise, Robert, 30

Zeitlin, Benh, 30

35-39 (48 directors)

Abrahamson, Lenny, 38

Antonioni, Michelangelo (Italian), 38

Avildsen, John G., 35

Barrymore, Lionel, 36

Boyle, Danny, 38

Brooks, Richard, 38,

Campion, Jane, 35.

Clayton, Jack, 38

Costner, Kevin, 36

Daniels, Lee, 37

Figgis, Mike, 36

Gibson, Mel, 38

Hackford, Taylor, 36

Harvey, Anthony, 36

Hathaway, Henry, 35

Hiller, Arthur, 35

Hudson, Hugh, 39

Huston, John, 35

Jewison, Norman, 36

Kazan, Elia, 36

Kieslowski, Krzystof, 35

Lee, Ang, 37,

Lonergan, Kenneth, 38

Lyne, Adrian, 39

McCarthy, Tom, 37

McQueen, Steve, 39

Mankiewicz, Joseph L., 37

Mann, Delbert, 36

Negulesco, Jean, 36

Nichols, Mike, 35

Olivier, Laurence, 39

Payne, Alexander, 35

Peele, Jordan, 38

Penn, Arthur, 36

Rossen, Robert, 39

Ruggles, Wesley, 38

Russell, Ken, 37

Russell, David O. 36

Schlesinger, John, 36

Sturges, John, 36

Thompson, Lee J., 36

Tyldun, Morten, 36

Walters, Charles, 35,

Wertmueller, Lina, 35

Wilde, Ted, 35

Wilder, Billy, 36

Wood, Sam, 37

Zinnemann, Fred, 35

 

40-44 (27 directors)

Beatty, Warren, 41

Benton Robert, 40

Brooks, James L. 43

Daldry, Stephen, 40

Eastwood, Clint, 43

Fosse, Bob, 42

Gilroy, Tony, 41

Haggis, Paul, 40

Hill, George Roy, 41

Ivory, James, 44

Jaffe, Roland, 40

Kramer, Stanley, 42

Levinson, Barry, 40

McKay, Adam, 42

Marshall, Rob, 42

Minnelli, Vincente, 40

Pakula, Alan J. 41

Paulikowski, Pawell, 43

Pontecorvio, Gillo, 44

Redford, Robert, 44

Ritt, Martin, 43

Robbins, Jerome, 43

Ross, Herbert, 42

Schaffner, Franklin, 43

Scott, Ridley, 40

Sheridan, Jim, 40

Zeffirelli, Franco, 44

45-49 (9 directors)

Ashby, Hal, 47

Attenborough, Richard, 46

Crichton, Charles, 47

Henry, Buck, 48

Haneke, Michael, 47

Madden, John, 45

Schnabel, Julian, 45

Schroeder, Barbet, 46

Coen, Ethan, 50 (but writer and producer before)

 

 

A (12 directors)

Abrahamson, Lenny, 38

Allen, Woody, 34

Almodovar, Pedro (Spanish born for Spanish film), 31

Altman, Robert, 32,

Anderson, Michael, 29,

Anderson, Paul Thomas, 26,

Anderson, Wes, 26.

Antonioni, Michelangelo (Italian, English film), 38,

Aronofsky, Darren, 29,

Ashby, Hal, 47,

Attenborough, Richard, 46,

Avildsen, John G., 35,

 

B (21 directors)

Babenco, Hector, 29

Barrymore, Lionel, 36

Beatty, Warren, 41

Beaumont, Harry, 27,

Benigni, Roberto, 31

Benton Robert, 40,

Beresford, Bruce, 32

Bergman, Ingmar, 33

Bertolucci, Bernardo, 21,

Bigelow, Kathryn, 30,

Bogdanovich, Peter, 29

Bong, Joon-ho (Korean for Korean), 31

Boorman, John, 32,

Borzage, Frank, 19,

Boyle, Danny, 38

Branagh, Kenneth, 29,

Brenon, Herbert, 33,

Brest, Martin, 27,

Brooks, James L. 43,

Brooks, Richard, 38,

Brown, Clarence, 25

 

 

C (22 directors)

Cacoyannis, Michael, 32

Cameron, James. 28

Campion, Jane, 35.

Capra, Frank, 27,

Cardiff, Jack, 34

Cassavetes, John, 31

Cattaneo, Peter, 33

Chaplin, Charles, 32

Chazelle, Damien. 32

Cimino, Michael. 35

Clayton, Jack, 38

Clooney, George, 31

Coen, Ethan, 50, 50 (but writer and producer before)

Coen, Joel, 29

Coppola, Francis Ford, 27

Coppola, Sofia, 28

Costner, Kevin, 36

Crichton, Charles, 47

Cuaron, Alfonso, 30

Cukor, George, 31

Cummings, Irving, 34

Curtiz, Michael, 26

 

D (8 directors)

Daldry, Stephen, 40

Daniels, Lee, 37

Dassin, Jules, 31.

Del Toro, Guillermo, 30.

DeMille, Cecil B. 33,

Demme, Jonathan, 30

Dieterle, William, 30,

Dmytryk, Edward, 27,

 

E

Eastwood, Clint, 43

Egoyan, Atom, 24,

 

F (12 directors)

Farrow, John, 30,

Fellini, Federico, 30

Figgis, Mike, 36,

Fincher, David, 30,

Fleming, Victor, 30

Ford, John, 23,

Forman, Milos, 32,

Forster, Marc, 26,

Fosse, Bob, 42,

Franklin, Sidney, 23,

Frears, Stephen, 30

Friedkin, William, 32

 

G (7)

Gavras-Costa, 32

Germi, Pietro, 32

Gerwig, Greta, 34

Gibson, Mel, 38

Gilroy, Tony, 41.

Glenville, Peter, 27,

Greengrass, Paul, 34

 

H (17)

Hackford, Taylor, 36,

Haggis, Paul, 40,

Hall, Alexander, 28,

Hallstrom, Lasse, 29,

Haneke, Michael, 47

Hanson, Curtis, 27,

Harvey, Anthony, 36,

Hathaway, Henry, 35

Hawks, Howard, 30,

Henry, Buck, 48

Hicks, Scott, 21

Hill, George Roy, 41

Hiller, Arthur, 35,

Hitchcock, Alfred, 26,

Hooper, Tom, 32,

Howard, Ron, 23

Hudson, Hugh, 39,

Huston, John, 35

 

I (1)

Ivory, James, 44

 

J (6)

Jackson, Peter, 26

Jaffe, Roland, 40

Jenkins, Barry, 29

Jewison, Norman, 36

Jonze, Spike, 30,

Jordan, Neil, 32,

 

K (7)

Kazan, Elia, 36

Kieslowski, Krzystof, 35

King, Henry, 29,

Koster, Henry, 27,

Kramer, Stanley, 42,

Kubrick, Stanley, 25,

Kurosawa, Akira, 32

 

L (21)

La Cava, Gregory, 29,

Lang, Walter, 29,

Lanthymos, Yorgos, 28,

Lean, David, 34

Lee, Spike, 29,

Lee, Ang, 37,

Leigh, Mike, 30,

Lelouch, Claude, 20,

Leonard, Robert Z., 24,

LeRoy, Mervyn, 28,

Levinson, Barry, 40,

Linklater, Richard, 28,

Litvak, Anatole, 28,

Lloyd, Frank, 29,

Logan, Joshua, 30,

Lonergan, Kenneth, 38,

Lubitsch, Ernst, 25,

Lucas, George, 27,

Lumet, Sidney, 33,

Lynch, David, 30,

Lyne, Adrian, 39

 

M (20)

McCarey, Leo, 33

McCarthy, Tom, 37,

McKay, Adam, 42,

McQueen, Steve, 39,

Madden, John, 45

Malick, Terrence, 30,

Malle, Louis, 24,

Mankiewicz, Joseph L., 37,

Mann, Delbert, 36,

Mann, Michael, 25,

Marshall, Rob, 42

Mendes, Sam, 34

Mereilles, Fernando, 28

Milestone, Lewis, 23,

Miller, Bennett, 32,

Miller, George, 34.

Minghella, Anthony, 24.

Minnelli, Vincente, 40,

Molinaro, Eduard, 30,

Mulligan, Robert, 32

 

N (4)

Negulesco, Jean, 36

Nichols, Mike, 35,

Nolan, Christopher, 27,

Noonan, Chris, 21

 

O (1)

Olivier, Laurence, 39

 

P (13)

Pakula, Alan J. 41,

Parker, Alan, 31

Paulikowski, Pawell, 43,

Payne, Alexander, 35

Peele, Jordan, 38,

Penn, Arthur, 36,

Perry, Frank, 32

Peterssen, Wolfgang, 27,

Phillips, Todd, 30,

Polanski, Roman, 31,

Pollack, Sydney, 31,

Pontecorvio, Gillo, 44,

Preminger, Otto, 26

 

R (16)

Radford, Michael, 27

Redford, Robert, 44

Reed, Carol, 29

Reitman, Jason, 28

Renoir, Jean, 30,

Richardson, Tony, 27,

Ritt, Martin, 43,

Robbins, Jerome, 43,

Robbins, Tim, 33

Robson, Mark, 30,

Ross, Herbert, 42,

Rossen, Robert, 39,

Ruggles, Wesley, 38,

Russell, Ken, 37

Russell, David O. 36

Rydell, Mark, 33

 

S (19)

Schafflner, Franklin, 43

Schertzinger, Victor, 29,

Schlesinger, John, 36,

Schnabel, Julian, 45

Schroeder, Barbet, 46

Scorsese, Martin, 26,

Scott, Ridley, 40,

Seaton, George, 26

Sheridan, Jim, 40

Shyamalan, M. Night, 22,

Singleton, John, 23,

Siodmak, Robert, 30,

Soderbergh, Steven, 26

Spielberg, Steven, 27

Sternberg, Josef von, 29

Stevens, George, 26

Stevenson, Robert, 27

Stone, Oliver, 28,

Sturges, John, 36

 

T (7)

Tarantino, Quentin, 28,

Taurog, Norman, 30

Teshigahara, Hiroshi, 26

Thompson, Lee J., 36

Troell, Jan, 34

Truffaut, Francois, 27,

Tyldun, Morten, 36

 

U

 

V (4)

Van Dyke, W. S. 28

Van Sant, Gus, 33

Vidor, King, 19

Villeneuve, Denis, 31

 

W (10)

Walters, Charles, 35,

Weir, Peter, 30,

Welles, Orson, 26

Wellman, William A. 27,

Wertmueller, Lina, 35,

Wilde, Ted, 35

Wilder, Billy, 36

Wise, Robert, 30,

Wood, Sam, 37

Wyler, William, 27

 

Y

Yates, Peter, 34

 

Z (4)

Zeffirelli, Franco, 44,

Zeitlin, Benh, 30,

Zemeckis, Robert, 26

Zinnemann, Fred, 35