ACADEMY AWARDS
BEST DIRECTOR*

WINNERS


(*Best Achievement in Directing)
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Best Director Sections
Facts & Trivia (1) | Facts & Trivia (2) | Winners Chart

Year of
Award
Best Director*
Winners
Film Honored
(# - did not win Best Picture)
1927-28
Frank Borzage
Lewis Milestone
Seventh Heaven (Dramatic Picture) #
Two Arabian Knights (Comedy Picture) #
1928-29
Frank Lloyd The Divine Lady #
1929-30
Lewis Milestone All Quiet on the Western Front
1930-31
Norman Taurog Skippy #
1931-32
Frank Borzage Bad Girl #
1932-33
Frank Lloyd Cavalcade
1934
Frank Capra It Happened One Night
1935
John Ford The Informer #
1936
Frank Capra Mr. Deeds Goes to Town #
1937
Leo McCarey The Awful Truth #
1938
Frank Capra You Can't Take It With You
1939
Victor Fleming Gone With The Wind
1940
John Ford The Grapes of Wrath #
1941
John Ford How Green Was My Valley
1942
William Wyler Mrs. Miniver
1943
Michael Curtiz Casablanca
1944
Leo McCarey Going My Way
1945
Billy Wilder The Lost Weekend
1946
William Wyler The Best Years of Our Lives
1947
Elia Kazan Gentleman's Agreement
1948
John Huston The Treasure of the Sierra Madre #
1949
Joseph Mankiewicz A Letter to Three Wives #
1950
Joseph Mankiewicz All About Eve
1951
George Stevens A Place in the Sun #
1952
John Ford The Quiet Man #
1953
Fred Zinnemann From Here to Eternity
1954
Elia Kazan On The Waterfront
1955
Delbert Mann Marty
1956
George Stevens Giant #
1957
David Lean The Bridge On The River Kwai
1958
Vincente Minnelli Gigi
1959
William Wyler Ben-Hur
1960
Billy Wilder The Apartment
1961
Jerome Robbins
Robert Wise
West Side Story
1962
David Lean Lawrence of Arabia
1963
Tony Richardson Tom Jones
1964
George Cukor My Fair Lady
1965
Robert Wise The Sound of Music
1966
Fred Zinnemann A Man for All Seasons
1967
Mike Nichols The Graduate #
1968
Carol Reed Oliver!
1969
John Schlesinger Midnight Cowboy
1970
Franklin Schaffner Patton
1971
William Friedkin The French Connection
1972
Bob Fosse Cabaret #
1973
George Roy Hill The Sting
1974
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather, Part II
1975
Milos Forman One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
1976
John Avildsen Rocky
1977
Woody Allen Annie Hall
1978
Michael Cimino The Deer Hunter
1979
Robert Benton Kramer vs. Kramer
1980
Robert Redford Ordinary People
1981
Warren Beatty Reds #
1982
Richard Attenborough Gandhi
1983
James L. Brooks Terms of Endearment
1984
Milos Forman Amadeus
1985
Sydney Pollack Out of Africa
1986
Oliver Stone Platoon
1987
Bernardo Bertolucci The Last Emperor
1988
Barry Levinson Rain Man
1989
Oliver Stone Born on the Fourth of July #
1990
Kevin Costner Dances With Wolves
1991
Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs
1992
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
1993
Steven Spielberg Schindler's List
1994
Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump
1995
Mel Gibson Braveheart
1996
Anthony Minghella The English Patient
1997
James Cameron Titanic
1998
Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan #
1999
Sam Mendes American Beauty
2000
Steven Soderbergh Traffic #
2001
Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind
2002
Roman Polanski The Pianist #
2003
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
2005
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain #
2006
Martin Scorsese The Departed
2007
Joel and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
2008
Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
2009
Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
2010
Tom Hooper The King's Speech
2011
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
2012
Ang Lee Life of Pi #
2013
Alfonso Cuarón Gravity #


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