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BEST DIRECTOR


It is a well known truth of the film industry that movies are a director's medium ... they are the men and women whose vision steers the entire film, the individuals who block the shots, visualize the entire story, and shape the style that will make the film truly unique. The Academy's Best Directors were the ones who put their solid stamp and style on their films, contributing something memorable and meaningful to the history of cinema.

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1927 / 28 : COMEDY = Lewis Milestone for TWO ARABIAN KNIGHTS, DRAMA = Frank Borzage for 7TH HEAVEN and a special directorial award to Charles Chaplin, for his efforts on THE CIRCUS

1928 / 29 : Frank Lloyd for THE DIVINE LADY

1929 / 30 : Lewis Milestone for ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

1930 / 31 : Norman Taurog for SKIPPY

1931 / 32 : Frank Borzage for BAD GIRL

1932 / 33 : Frank Lloyd for CAVALCADE

1934 : Frank Capra for IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

1935 : John Ford for THE INFORMER

1936 : Frank Capra for MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN

1937 : Leo McCarey for THE AWFUL TRUTH

1938 : Frank Capra for YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

1939 : Victor Fleming for GONE WITH THE WIND

1940 : John Ford for THE GRAPES OF WRATH

1941 : John Ford for HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

1942 : William Wyler for MRS. MINIVER

1943 : Michael Curtiz for CASABLANCA

1944 : Leo McCarey for GOING MY WAY

1945 : Billy Wilder for THE LOST WEEKEND

1946 : William Wyler for THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

1947 : Elia Kazan for GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT

1948 : John Huston for THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

1949 : Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A LETTER TO THREE WIVES

1950 : Joseph L. Mankiewicz for ALL ABOUT EVE

1951 : George Stevens for A PLACE IN THE SUN

1952 : John Ford for THE QUIET MAN

1953 : Fred Zinnemann for FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

1954 : Elia Kazan for ON THE WATERFRONT

1955 : Delbert Mann for MARTY

1956 : George Stevens for GIANT

1957 : David Lean for THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

1958 : Vincente Minnelli for GIGI

1959 : William Wyler for BEN-HUR

1960 : Billy Wilder for THE APARTMENT

1961 : Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise for WEST SIDE STORY

1962 : David Lean for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

1963 : Tony Richardson for TOM JONES

1964 : George Cukor for MY FAIR LADY

1965 : Robert Wise for THE SOUND OF MUSIC

1966 : Fred Zinnemann for A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

1967 : Mike Nichols for THE GRADUATE

1968 : Carol Reed for OLIVER!

1969 : John Schlesinger for MIDNIGHT COWBOY

1970 : Franklin J. Schaffner for PATTON

1971 : William Friedkin for THE FRENCH CONNECTION

1972 : Bob Fosse for CABARET

1973 : George Roy Hill for THE STING

1974 : Francis Ford Coppola for THE GODFATHER PART II

1975 : Milos Forman for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

1976 : John G. Avildsen for ROCKY

1977 : Woody Allen for ANNIE HALL

1978 : Michael Cimino for THE DEER HUNTER

1979 : Robert Benton for KRAMER VS. KRAMER

1980 : Robert Redford for ORDINARY PEOPLE

1981 : Warren Beatty in REDS

1982 : Richard Attenborough for GANDHI

1983 : James L. Brooks for TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

1984 : Milos Forman for AMADEUS

1985 : Sydney Pollack for OUT OF AFRICA

1986 : Oliver Stone for PLATOON

1987 : Bernardo Bertolucci for THE LAST EMPEROR

1988 : Barry Levinson for RAIN MAN

1989 : Oliver Stone for BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

1990 : Kevin Costner for DANCES WITH WOLVES

1991 : Jonathan Demme for THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

1992 : Clint Eastwood for UNFORGIVEN

1993 : Steven Spielberg for SCHINDLER'S LIST

1994 : Robert Zemeckis for FORREST GUMP

1995 : Mel Gibson for BRAVEHEART

1996 : Anthony Minghella for THE ENGLISH PATIENT

1997 : James Cameron for TITANIC

1998 : Steven Spielberg for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

1999 : Sam Mendes for AMERICAN BEAUTY

2000 : Steven Soderbergh for TRAFFIC

2001 : Ron Howard for A BEAUTIFUL MIND

2002 : Roman Polanski for THE PIANIST

2003 : Peter Jackson for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

2004 : Clint Eastwood for MILLION DOLLAR BABY

2005 : Ang Lee for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

2006 : Martin Scorsese for THE DEPARTED

2007 : Joel Coen & Ethan Coen for NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

2008 : Danny Boyle for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

2009 : Kathryn Bigelow for THE HURT LOCKER

2010 : Tom Hooper for THE KING'S SPEECH

2011 : Michel Hazanavicius for THE ARTIST

2012 : Ang Lee for LIFE OF PI

2013 : Alfonso Cuarón for GRAVITY

2014 : Alejandro G. Iñárritu for BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

2015 : Alejandro G. Iñárritu for THE REVENANT

2016 : Damien Chazelle for LA LA LAND

2017 : Guillermo Del Toro for THE SHAPE OF WATER

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