Which director has won the most Oscars Awards in history?
Several directors have been behind projects that have earned multiple awards at the Oscars, but who holds the record for landing the most for Best Director?
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The 95th Academy Awards will take place 12 March 2023 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars Awards ceremony, the premier awards event in world cinema, for a third time. The winners of which enter the pantheon of Hollywood greats and one of the most coveted awards is that of Best Director.
The award has a historical lineage involving some of the most famous names in cinema including John Ford, Frank Capra, Milos Forman, Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Roman Polanski, and Peter Jackson. Several directors have won multiple statuettes but who leads the way with the most best director Oscars in history?
Multiple Best Director Oscar winners
With four Oscars, John Ford is the most acclaimed director in the history of the awards. The films that won him these awards were The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Quiet Man (1952). In addition to his Best Director awards, Ford also won two Oscars in the Best Documentary category.
Other Best Director Oscars records
Among other coveted achievements at the Oscars is winning the statuette in consecutive years, which as well as Ford only two other directors - Alejandro González Iñárritu and Joseph L. Mankiewicz - have ever managed to do.
The youngest-ever winner of the Best Director Oscar was Damien Chazelle, who won for La La Land in 2016 at the age of 32.
William Wyler holds the record for the most nominations in history with 12 in total. Other directors with multiple nominations include nine-time Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg got his ninth nod in 2023, Billy Wilder eight times, as well as Woody Allen, David Lean and Fred Zinnemann were contenders seven times.
The United States leads the way overall in the category with 68 awards, followed by the United Kingdom with 10 and Mexico with five.
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