Oscar Directors: Winners–Nomination Span (Years between First and Last Nomination)

This essay is part of my bigger book project dealing with age, productivity, and creativity in film.

Note:

In 92 years, 20 (about 29 percent) of the 70 Oscar-winning directors have received only one nomination.

Gap between First and Last Nomination

Borzage, Frank, 2 noms (3 years)

Milestone, Lewis, 3 noms (3 years)

Lloyd, Frank, 3 noms (3 years)

Taurog, Norman, 2 noms (7 years)

Capra, Frank, 6 noms (13 years)

Ford, John, 5 noms (17 years)

McCarey, Leo, 3 noms (8 years)

Fleming, Victor, 1 nom

Wyler, William, 12 noms (29 years)

Curtiz, Michael, 4 noms (5 years)

Wilder, Billy, 8 noms (16 years)

Kazan, Elia, 5 noms (16 years)

Huston, John, 5 noms (37 years)

Mankiewicz, Joseph, 4 noms (23 years)

Stevens, George, 5 noms (17 years)

Zinnemann, Fred, 7 noms (29 years)

Mann, Delbert, 1 nom

Anderson, Michael, 1 nom

Lean, David, 7 noms (39 years)

Minnelli, Vincente, 2 noms (7 years)

Wise, Robert, 4 noms (7 years)

Robbins, Jerome, 1 nom

Richardson, Tony, 1 nom

Cukor, George, 5 noms (31 years)

Nichols, Mike, 4 noms (22 years)

Reed, Carol, 3 noms (19 years)

Schlesinger, John, 3 noms (6 years)

Schaffner, Franklin, 1

Friedkin, William, 2 noms (2 years)

Fosse, Bob, 3, (7 years)

Hill, George Roy, 2 noms (7 years)

Coppola, Francis Ford, 4 noms (18 years)

Forman, Milos, 3 noms (21 years)

Avildsen, John G., 1 nom

Allen Woody, 7 noms (34 years)

Cimino, Michael, 1 nom

Benton, Robert, 2 noms (5 years)

Redford, Robert, 2 noms (14 years)

Beatty, Warren, 2 noms (3 years)

Attenborough, Richard, 1 nom

Brooks, James L., 1 nom

Pollack, Sydney, 3 noms (16 years)

Stone, Oliver, 3 noms (5 years)

Bertolucci, Bernardo, 2 noms (14 years)

Levinson, Barry, 2 noms (3 years)

Costner, Kevin, 1 nom

Demme, Jonathan, 1 nom

Spielberg, Steven, 7 noms (35 years)

Eastwood, Clint, 4 noms (14 years)

Campion, Jane, 1 nom

Zemeckis, Robert, 1 nom

Gibson, Mel, 2 nom (21 years)

Minghella, Anthony, 1 nom

Cameron, James, 2 noms (12 years)

Mendes, Sam, 2 noms (20 years)

Soderbergh, Steven, 2 noms (same year)

Howard, Ron, 2 noms (7 years)

Polanski, Roman, 3 noms (28 years)

Jackson, Peter, 2 noms (2 years)

Lee, Ang, 3 noms (12 years)

Scorsese, Martin, 9 noms (39 years)

Coen, Joel, 3 noms (14 years)

Coen, Ethan, 2 noms (3 years)

Boyle, Danny, 1 nom

Bigelow, Kathryn, 1 nom

Hooper, Tom, 1 nom

Hazanovicius, Michel, 1 nom

Cuaron, Alfonso, 2 noms (5 years)

Innaritu, Alejandro G., 3 noms (9 years)

Chazelle, Damien, 1 nom

Del Toro, Guillermo, 1 nom

Bong Joon Ho, 1 nom

 

Nomination Span Summary:

Over 30 years: 5 directors (George Cukor, John Huston, David Lean, Spielberg, Scorsese)

20-29 years: 7 directors

10-19 years: 14 directors

5-9 years:     12 directors

1-4 years:      9 directors

1 Nomination only: 20 directors