Did you know that there are famous directors that never won an Academy Award? In Hollywood, the Academy Awards is the pinnacle of all movie award ceremonies. The entire film industry comes together to celebrate the best in cinema. All over the world film professionals froth at the mouth to get a chance to get their hands on that golden statue. Directors especially covet the “Best Director” category, but despite their commercial success or popular following, few get a chance to take it home. Here are the 25 famous directors that never won an Academy Award.
While Singer became a household name bringing the X-Men comics to film, popularizing superheros rarely garners you any cred with the Academy. However, before X-Men, Singer received significant acclaim for directing The Usual Suspects which won an Oscar for Best Writing and Best Actor. Occasionally, he’ll work on a project that might grab the Academy’s attention, but as of yet he’s never been nominated for Best Director much less taken home the golden statue.
Except for The Sixth Sense the horror genre rarely gets much love at the Oscars. Sadly for John Carpenter, his name is almost synonymous with horror. Doing extensive work in the 80s and 90s, releasing classic horror and action films like Halloween, The Thing, and Escape from New York, he’s not come close to getting a nomination for Best Director at the Academy Awards.
Known more recently for his work on The Walking Dead, some may not remember that Darabont originally worked on Shawshank Redemption. A movie some consider one of the best movies of all time, receiving several Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Writing, it apparently wasn’t enough to get Darabont a nomination.
Made famous for his work on Snatch and more recently Sherlock Holmes, Guy Ritchie’s humorous, eclectic, and bold directing style has yet to pique the interest of the Academy. Since most of his movies are in the gritty action genre, none of his projects fit, but maybe one day he’ll take on something more ambitious.
Guillermo del Toro
Mostly popular within comic book circles for Blade 2 and Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro hit the Academy’s radar with Pan’s Labyrinth. An original and compelling movie that received a nomination for writing, but unfortunately for Del Toro, not Best Director. Despite that, Del Toro has the artistic vision to potentially get a nod. Time will only tell.
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