Oscar History via Oscar Directors: Frank Lloyd, Third Winner (The Divine Lady; Cavalcade)–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography–New Framework

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Frank Lloyd was born February 2, 1886, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lloyd was among the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), in 1927.  Later on, he served as its president, between 1934 and 1935.

Lloyd was Scotland’s first Oscar winner, nominated for three directing Oscars in the same year (1929), for the silent film The Divine Lady, the part-talkie Weary River, and a full talkie, Drag. He won for The Divine Lady.

Lloyd was nominated for the directing Oscar and won again, in 1933, for his big-screen adaptation of Noël Coward’s Cavalcade, which won the Best Picture Oscar.


In 1935, he received his third and last Best Director nomination, for his most successful film, Mutiny on the Bounty, which won the Best Picture of the Year.

Read about the first Best Director winner: Lewis Milestone


In 1957, Lloyd was awarded the George Eastman Award, given by the Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.

He died on August 10, 1960 in Santa Monica, California, age 74.

Frank Lloyd Career Summation

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Formal Education:

Training: he began as an actor

First Film: The Black Box, 1915; aged 29


First Oscar Nomination: The Divine Lady, 1929; aged 43

Gap between First Film and First Nom: 14

Other Oscars: Cavalcade, 1933; aged 47

Other Oscar Nominations: Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935; aged 49

Oscar Awards: 2 Best Director Oscars

Nominations Span: 1929-1935; 6 years

Genre (specialties): adventure, comedy


Last Film: The Last Command, 1955; aged 69


Career Length: 1929-1955; 26 years (vibrant career about two decades)

Career Output: about 30 (15 sound films)



Death: 1960; aged 74

Career Analysis

He began his career as an actor.

Half of his output consists of silent films.

His career as a director was practically over in 1945, when he was 59.

He made only one more film after that, The Last Command, in 1955.


Select Filmography

Memorable films are in bold letters

Silent Films (partial list)

The Black Box (1915)

The Tongues of Men (1916)

The Code of Marcia Gray (1916)

The Intrigue (1916)

The Loves of Letty (1919)

Madame X (1920)

Oliver Twist (1922)

Black Oxen (1923)

The Sea Hawk (1924)

The Eagle of the Sea (1926)

Children of Divorce (1927)

The Divine Lady (1929), Best Director Oscar

Parasites (1929), Best Director Oscar

Weary River (1929), Best Director nomination


Sound Films: 15 Features

Drag (1929)

The Lash (1930)

Cavalcade (1933), Best Director Oscar

Hoop-La (1933)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Best Director nomination

Under Two Flags (1936)

Wells Fargo (1937)

Maid of Salem (1937)

If I Were King (1938)

Rulers of the Sea (1939)

The Howards of Virginia (1940)

Forever and a Day (1943)

Blood on the Sun (1945)

The Shanghai Story (1945)

The Last Command (1955)