Friday, November 21, 2014

CinSpecs vs. Oscars: Directing Statistics

Cuarón won two Oscars and two CinSpecs for Gravity.

Here is more trivia comparing the CinSpecs and the Oscars, as well as some CinSpec stats. This time I've focused on wins and nominations for directors. More CinSpec directing stats here.

Directors who won a CinSpec and an Oscar for the same film:
Frank Capra, It Happened One Night
John Ford, The Grapes of Wrath
Michael Curtiz, Casablanca
George Stevens, Giant
Billy Wilder, The Apartment
Mike Nichols, The Graduate
William Friedkin, The French Connection
Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

No directing lineups have matched the Oscars.

Directors who've won multiple CinSpecs, but no directing Oscar:
Paul Thomas Anderson, Roy Andersson, Ingmar Bergman, Leos Carax, Charles Chaplin, Sofia Coppola, Xavier Dolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Curtis Hanson, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Sergio Leone, Richard Linklater, Terrence Malick, Martin McDonagh, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Carol Reed, Jean Renoir, Orson Welles

Other CinSpec statistics:

Directors who've won 3 or more CinSpecs for one film:
Charles Chaplin, City Lights
Charles Chaplin, Modern Times
Leo McCarey, The Awful Truth
Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes
Billy Wilder, The Apartment
Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove
Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter
Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential
Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation
Richard Linklater, Before Sunset
Xavier Dolan, Mommy

Directors who've lost in 3 or more categories for one film:
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, A Matter of Life and Death
Charles Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux
Orson Welles, Touch of Evil
Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick, The Shining
Terry Gilliam, Brazil
Michael Mann, Heat
Christopher Nolan, The Prestige
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Directors who've been nominated multiple times, but not for directing:*
Pedro Almodovar - 6 screenplay nominations, 1 win
Wes Anderson - 3 screenplay nominations, 1 animated film nomination, 1 win
Noah Baumbach - 2 screenplay nominations
Jacques Becker - 2 screenplay nominations
Susanne Bier - 2 screenplay nominations, 1 win
Brad Bird - 2 animated film nominations, 1 win
James L. Brooks - 2 screenplay nominations, 1 win
Luis Buñuel - 3 screenplay nominations, 1 win
Laurent Cantet - 2 screenplay nominations, 1 win
Shane Carruth - 2 editing nominations
Sylvain Chomet - 2 music nominations, 2 animated film nominations, 2 wins
Cameron Crowe - 2 screenplay nominations
Jacques Demy - 1 screenplay nomination, 1 music nomination, 1 win
John Hughes - 2 screenplay nominations
Peter Jackson - 2 screenplay nominations, 1 animated film nomination, 1 win
Spike Jonze - 2 screenplay nominations
Philip Kaufman - 3 screenplay nominations, 1 win (didn't direct one of the films)
Yorgos Lanthimos - 2 screenplay nominations
Kenneth Lonergan - 2 screenplay nominations
Louis Malle - 2 screenplay nominations
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - 4 screenplay nominations, 1 win (didn't direct one of the films)
Anthony Minghella - 2 screenplay nominations, 1 win
Gaspar Noé - 1 cinematography nomination, 1 editing nomination
Alexander Payne - 2 screenplay nominations
Rob Reiner - 1 screenplay nomination, 1 music nomination
Eric Rohmer - 3 screenplay nominations
Roberto Rossellini - 2 screenplay nominations
M. Night Shyamalan - 3 screenplay nominations
Steven Soderbergh - 1 screenplay nomination, 1 cinematography nomination
Andrew Stanton - 2 animated film nominations, 2 wins
Robert Zemeckis - 1 screenplay nomination, 1 animated film nomination, 1 win

*I'm not counting Nicolas Roeg, Ben Affleck, Robert Benton, or Robert Rossen, as some of their nominations were for films they didn't direct.*

Obscure wins for notable directors who've only won one CinSpec:
Dario Argento & Bernardo Bertolucci - screenplay win for Once Upon a Time in the West
Barry Levinson - screenplay win for Diner
Sidney Lumet - screenplay win for Prince of the City
David Lynch - editing win for Eraserhead
Bruce Robinson - screenplay win for Withnail & I
Robert Rodriguez - editing win for Sin City
Jean Vigo - screenplay win for L'Atalante

Women nominated for Best Director:*
Andrea Arnold
Kathryn Bigelow
Jane Campion
Sofia Coppola (only winner, and only one with multiple directing noms)
Julie Taymor

*Several other female directors, such as Susanne Bier, Claire Denis, Lynne Ramsay, Clio Barnard, and Kelly Reichardt, have been nominated in the writing categories.*

Only Best Director win for a film that wasn't nominated for Best Picture:
Jean Cocteau, The Blood of a Poet

Note: Some of these statistics were harder to track than acting ones. If I see someone I've missed, I'll add them to this post.

Updated: 6/24/15


  1. Nice work here. As far as I'm concerned, if you've won a CinSpec AND an Oscar, then you've got it made.