Oscar Directors: Oldest Winners

Oldest Winners (Age by year and days)

Rank Age Name Film Year in Film Date of Birth Date of Award

1 74 years, 272 days Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby 2004 May 31, 1930 February 27, 2005 Has held record for 15 years (2005–present)

2 69 years, 217 days Roman Polanski The Pianist 2002 August 18, 1933 March 23, 2003 Held record for 2 years (2003–2005)

3 65 years, 272 days George Cukor My Fair Lady 1964 July 7, 1899 April 5, 1965, Held record for 38 years (1965–2003)

4 64 years, 100 days Martin Scorsese The Departed 2006 November 17, 1942 February 25, 2007

5 62 years, 302 days Clint Eastwood Unforgiven 1992 May 31, 1930 March 29, 1993

6 62 years, 105 days Carol Reed Oliver! 1968 December 30, 1906 April 14, 1969

7 59 years, 346 days Fred Zinnemann A Man for All Seasons 1966 April 29, 1907 April 10, 1967

8 59 years, 225 days Richard Attenborough Gandhi 1982 August 29, 1923 April 11, 1983

9 59 years, 46 days John Ford The Quiet Man 1952 February 1, 1894 March 19, 1953 Held record for 12 years (1953–1965)

10 58 years, 124 days Ang Lee Life of Pi 2012 October 23, 1954 February 24, 2013

Trends:

With the exception of Richard Attenborough, all of above directors had been nominated for, or won, in earlier years.

Clint Eastwood also was the oldest winner when he won his first Best Director for Unforgiven, in 1993.

Source: AMPAS Awards Database