Oscar Directors: Wilder, Billy–Eight Nominations

Billy Wilder received a total of 21 Academy Award nominations: eight for Best Director, twelve for writing, and one as the producer of Best Picture.

Best Director

With eight nominations for the Best Director, Wilder is, together with Martin Scorsese, the second most nominated director in the history of the Academy Awards, behind William Wyler, who holds the record with 12 nominations.

Writing Nominations

Wilder’s 12 Oscar nominations for screenwriting were a record until 1997, when Woody Allen received a 13th nomination for Deconstructing Harry.

Oscar Wins

Wilder won a total of six Oscars: Best Director for The Lost Weekend and The Apartment, Best Screenplay for The Lost Weekend, Sunset Blvd., and The Apartment, and Best Picture for The Apartment.