The Oscars are so stat heavy, it’s difficult to keep up with the bevy of information. One of those stats that gets lost in the noise is acting nominations by director. If you’ve read my previous piece last year, I am somewhat of an expert in this field, and this year’s set of nominees provides some interesting stats.
Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah), Florian Zeller (The Father) and Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) join a list of 39 other directors who have two directed Oscar performances with a victory. In the same realm, Ceorge C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Darius Mauder (Sound of Metal) join 60 other directors with two nominated performances, but no wins.
Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) joins a list of 33 other directors with directing a single nomination and win. She joins Rupert Goold and Todd Phillips from 2019. Regina King (One Night in Miami), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Aaron Sorkin (Trial of the Chicago 7), Jason Woliner (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), and Kornei Mundruczo (Pieces of a Woman) join a list of 199 directors with a single nomination and no wins.
Following the nomination for Andra Day, Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) has now directed three nominations. Monique’s victory in 2009 is the only win. He is one of 21 directors with one victory in three nominations. Noah Baumbach joined that list in 2019.
Two acting nominations directed by David Fincher (Mank) moves him into a tie for 62nd all-time with seven nominated performances. He joins three other directors, including Alexander Payne, with seven nominations and zero wins. He is also tied for the fourth most nominations without a winning performance.
Glenn Close’s nomination for Hillbilly Elegy puts Ron Howard in a tie for 35th all-time with nine nominated performances. He is tied with ten other directors, including Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. Howard’s films have garnered two Oscar wins. Additionally, Howard is tied for ninth all-time in the Best Supporting Actress category, with four nominated performances.
|14||David O. Russell||4||1|
Following nominations for the actors in films of Zhao, Regina King and Fennell, 35 women have directed nominated performances. Of those 35 women, 21 have only directed one nominated performance, while 28 have only had performances nominated for one film.
Barbra Streisand and Greta Gerwig lead with four nominations each, but have yet to win. McDormand’s win is the eighth Oscar win directed by a woman, out of 57 nominations. Jane Campion is the only one who has directed multiple Oscar wins.
Shaka King, Regina King and Wolfe are the 11th, 12th and 13th Black directors to direct a nominated performance. Of the 25 nominations, 19 have come since 2013.
With three nominations, Daniels is now tied with Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen and Spike Lee for the most nominated performances from a Black director. Shaka King and Wolfe move into a tie for fifth with Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington, each with two. Regina King joins Jordan Peele, Ryan Coogler, Dee Rees and Kasi Lemmons with one nominated performance.
|8||*George C. Wolfe||2||0||0.0%|
William Wyler continues to be the king of this statistic. He directed 36 nominations and 14 wins, holding significant leads over his next highest competion. The only active directors in the top 30 are David O. Russell, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
|15||Francis Ford Coppola||14||2||14.3%|
|19||David O. Russell||12||3||25.0%|
|24||Joseph L. Mankiewicz||12||2||16.7%|
Until next year…