25 Famous Directors That Never Won An Academy Award

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.


John Hughes

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Directing the 80s classics The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, John Hughes used several directing techniques that have inspired later filmmakers to mimic his storytelling style. But his popularity, financial success, and talent weren’t enough to help him land a nomination for Best Director.


M. Night Shyamalan

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M. Night Shyamalan’s rocky career is well known. Kicking things off with smash hits in the 90s and early 00s, but nose diving to ridicule and obscurity with movies like The Happening and The Last Airbender. He’s recently made a comeback with The Visit and Split, but not many remember that his first blockbuster success The Sixth Sense won him a nomination for Best Director.


Richard Donner

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There’s no question Richard Donner was a titan of Hollywood, creating smash hits like Superman, The Goonies, and Lethal Weapon. He’s inspired several filmmakers with his vision and storytelling style. The last film he directed was 16 Blocks in 2006.


Sergio Leone

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A name synonymous with spaghetti westerns, Sergio Leone directed some of the best westerns of all time, including The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; A Fistful of Dollars, and Once Upon a Time in the West. He had a long-lasting influence on westerns and film, and we also have him to thank for making Clint Eastwood a major Hollywood star.


Terry Gilliam

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Gathering a cult following from his work on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, and Twelve Monkeys, he only has been nominated for one Oscar for his writing on Brazil. He’s primarily known for his quirky, bizarre, and enigmatic storytelling which seems perfect for the Academy, but as of yet has not found the project to take him all the way.

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