The period from the 1910s to 1960s is known as the “Golden Age of Hollywood”, but that should not mean we would undermine today’s filmmakers in the cinema industry. Some directors and artists put their all while creating a masterpiece. And they are awarded by the most prestigious award, Oscar, for their creativity. The Academy Awards is popularly known as the Oscars. The first Academy Awards was held on 16 May 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with 270 people. The post-award ceremony was held at the Mayfair Hotel. The guests needed to buy the dinner tickets of $5 (worth $74 in 2020 dollars). In that ceremony, fifteen Oscar statuettes were awarded honoring directors, actors, and other artists in the film industry.
Although Academy Awards are not the ultimate measures of the creativity of the directors, it has a useful reference for comparison. In this article, we will try to list down the directors with the most Oscars.
Christopher Nolan (10 Oscars)
Christopher Edward Nolan is a British-American director famous for making distinctive and personal movies in the Hollywood mainstream. The director earned a gross of $4.7 billion in theatres worldwide. He was nominated for 34 Oscars as a filmmaker and won ten of them. Nolan studied English literature at University College London and made his debut film in 1998. He is the only director on the list who has won awards for “Best Director” and “Best Picture”. And it is quite satisfying to those who are familiar with his directing and writing style. Nolan’s second film Memento was internationally recognized and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. All of his films are commercial hits and critically acclaimed, he also earned his fair of nomination in the Academic Awards, but the jury overlooked him when it comes to the final stage.
Alfonso Cuaron (10 Oscars)
Alfonso Cuarón is a Mexican movie screenwriter, producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Audiences and critics praise most of his movies. He was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won five among them including Best Film Editing for Gravity in 2013, two Best Director awards for Gravity and Roma (2018). Cuaron released his first feature film in the United States titled A Little Princess which was the adaptation of a classic novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. His next feature film was based on the novel of Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. The film stars Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Cuaron holds a record for receiving nominations for six different categories in Oscar. His other films like Children of Men was also an adaptation of P.D. James’ novel starring Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, and Clive Owen. The film was also critically acclaimed, widely accepted by audiences, and nominated for three Academy Awards.
Damien Chazelle (10 Oscars)
Damien Sayre Chazelle is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is famous for movies like Whiplash in 2014, La La Land in 2016, and First Man in 2018. He has received several nominations and awards for the film including an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, which makes him the youngest person to win either prize at the age of 32. Chazelle directed and wrote his debut feature film Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench as part of the final thesis project with his senior Justin Hurwitz at Harvard. The movie premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and received various awards on the festival circuit. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to produce his musical drama La La Land. Before that, he worked as “writer-for-hire” and worked in films like The Last Exorcism Part II in 2013 and Grand Piano in 2013. In 2016, he created La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. His film Whiplash which was also a drama related to music won three Oscars. Chazelle has also won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for a biographical film on Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission.
Ang Lee (12 Oscars)
Ang Lee is a Taiwanese American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is famous for movies including Pushing Hands in 1991, The Wedding Banquet in 1993, and Eat Drink Man Woman in 2994, which depicts the relationships and conflicts between modernity and tradition. He has explored a wide range of genres which included films like, The Ice Storm in 1997; martial art film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2005; the romantic drama, Brokeback Mountain in 2005; the erotic espionage film, Lust, caution in 2007; and the magical survival drama Life of Pi in 2012. Lee was nominated for Oscars eleven times and won four of them for Life of Pie. For Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won the same number of awards as the survival drama. And for the movie Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger he acquired three Oscars.
Clint Eastwood (13 Oscars)
Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an American director, actor, and producer. He became internationally famous for his role as the “Man with No Name” in Dollars Trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns during the mid-1960s. He did a remarkable performance as antihero cop, Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry movies. Eastwood made an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. He was nominated for Academy Award as Best Actor and won the category of Best Director, and Best Picture for two films western movie Unforgiven in 1992 and the sports drama Million Dollar Baby in 2004.
Clint is one of the greatest actor-turned-directors, who gained substantial international acclaim through his career for films like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He directed one of the controversial films, J. Edgar in 2011 which was a biopic of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover with Leonardo Dicaprio as Edgar. Although the film received mixed reviews, DiCaprio’s performance caught everyone’s eyes.
Martin Scorsese (20 Oscars)
Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film producer, director, actor, and screenplay writer. His films are known for violence, profanity, and rock music. He founded the World Cinema Foundation in 2017 and introduced the African Film Heritage Project. Scorsese received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature at New York University in 1964 and received his Masters in Fine Arts in film from Tisch School of the Arts. He created his first feature film in 1967 titled Who’s That Knocking at My Door, which was released into the Chicago Film Festival. In the festival critic, Roger Ebert saw the film and called it “a marvelous evocation of American city life”, announcing the arrival of the new director. In today’s industry, Martin Scorsese is one of the artistic directors who work on singular masterpieces at a time. His films like The Aviator, Hugo, and The Departed are some great films on the list of his masterpieces. He has won five Oscars for Hugo and The Aviator and bagged three Oscars for Best Director for The Departed.
James Cameron (21 Oscars)
James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, environmentalist, and engineer. He is known for creating epics and science fiction movies for the Hollywood mainstream. He has gained popularity for directing movies including The Terminator in 1984. His films like Aliens in 1986, The Abyss in 1989, Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991 Titanic in 1997, Avatar in 2009 were critically acclaimed and widely accepted by audiences. He has nominated and won Academy Awards in Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Film Editing. Cameron earned gross over $2 billion worldwide from Avatar and Titanic. His first short movie was Xenogenesis, he wrote, directed, and produced the film along with his friend.
Steven Spielberg (32 Oscars)
Steven Allan Spielberg is an American movie producer, director, and screenwriter. He started his journey with television and several minor theatrical releases. He became a household name as the director of Jaws in 1975, which was a major hit and critically acclaimed. Spielberg is known for his movies on serious issues including the Empire of the Sun in 1987, The Color Purple in 1985, Schindler’s List in 1993, Amistad in 1997, Saving Private Ryan in 1998, Lincoln in 2012, The Post in 2017, and many more. His influence in modern cinema is undeniable, and he is one of the highest-grossing directors of all time. Steven won three Oscars for the blockbuster film Jaw, Seven awards for Schindler’s List, four Oscars for E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark, three awards for Jurassic Park, and five for Saving Private Ryan.
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