Oscar Directors: Youngest Winners

Youngest winners

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

1 32 years, 38 days Damien Chazelle La La Land 2016 January 19, 1985 February 26, 2017 Has held record for 3 years (2017–present)

2 32 years, 260 days Norman Taurog Skippy 1930/31 February 23, 1899 November 10, 1931 Held record for 86 years (1931–2017)

3 33 years, 228 days Lewis Milestone Two Arabian Knights 1927/28 September 30, 1895 May 16, 1929 Held record for 2 years (1929–1931)

4 34 years, 238 days Sam Mendes American Beauty 1999 August 1, 1965 March 26, 2000

5 35 years, 23 days Frank Borzage 7th Heaven 1927/28 April 23, 1894 May 16, 1929

6 35 years, 36 days Lewis Milestone All Quiet on the Western Front 1929/30 September 30, 1895 November 5, 1930

7 35 years, 313 days Tony Richardson Tom Jones 1963 June 5, 1928 April 13, 1964

8 36 years, 1 day Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part II 1974 April 7, 1939 April 8, 1975

9 36 years, 51 days Delbert Mann Marty 1955 January 30, 1920 March 21, 1956

10 36 years, 66 days Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves 1990 January 18, 1955 March 25, 1991

 

Youngest nominees
Rank Age Name Film Year in Film Date of Birth Date of Nomination Notes
1 24 years, 44 days John Singleton Boyz n the Hood 1991 January 6, 1968 February 19, 1992 Has held record for 28 years (1992–present)
2 26 years, 279 days Orson Welles Citizen Kane 1941 May 6, 1915 February 9, 1942 Held record for 50 years (1942–1992)
3 29 years, 66 days Kenneth Branagh Henry V 1989 December 10, 1960 February 14, 1990
4 29 years, 113 days Claude Lelouch A Man and a Woman 1966 October 30, 1937 February 20, 1967
5 29 years, 193 days M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense 1999 August 6, 1970 February 15, 2000
6 29 years, 281 days George Lucas American Graffiti 1973 May 14, 1944 February 19, 1974
7 30 years, 88 days Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 October 14, 1982 January 10, 2013
8 30 years, 95 days Jason Reitman Juno 2007 October 19, 1977 January 22, 2008
9 30 years, 116 days Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich 1999 October 22, 1969 February 15, 2000
10 31 years, 65 days Steven Spielberg Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 December 18, 1946 February 21, 1978