Oscar Directors: Lloyd, Frank–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography (Mutiny on the Bounty

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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, and later served as its president, between 1934 and 1935.

Frank 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.

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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 Ocar

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)