OSCARS 2012: Know Your Nominees:Best Director

In the days leading up to the 84th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Michel Hazanavicius

Nominated for: directing that loving ode to Hollywood’s past, The Artist.

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle.

Won, Best Director, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Won, David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Hazanavicius is known in Europe for his work on the OSS 117 franchise.

History with Oscar:

This is Michel Hazanavicius’ first Oscar nomination, although he is also nominated this year for Best Writing, Original Screenplay and with Anne-Sophie Bion for Best Achievement in Film Editing.

Alexander Payne

Nominated for: directing George Clooney as a man trying to reconnect with his daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident in The Descendants.

Other honors for this film:

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actor, National Board of Review.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Payne also directed Sideways, About Schmidt, and Election.

History with Oscar:

Alexander Payne has been nominated for an Oscar three times in the past, winning once, and is nominated for another two awards this year–with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and with Jim Burke and Jim Taylor for Best Motion Picture of the Year, both for The Descendants.

2000: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jim Taylor), Election (Lost to John Irving, The Cider House Rules).

2005: Best Achievement in Directing, Sideways (lost to Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby).

2005: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jim Taylor),  Sideways (Won).

Martin Scorsese

Nominated for: adapting “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” to the big screen in Hugo.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Director, National Board of Review.

Runner-Up, Best Director, 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, Boston Society of Film Critics.

Nominated, Best Director, 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Nominated, David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction, 2012 BAFTA Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Scorsese is one of the honored and reknown directors in film today, with a resume that includes Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed and many others.

History with Oscar:

Martin Scorcese has been nominated for an Oscar eight times in the past, winning once, and is nominated for another award this year–with Graham King for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Hugo.

1981: Best Director, Raging Bull (Lost to Robert Redford, Ordinary People).

1989: Best Director, The Last Temptation of Christ (Lost to Barry Levinson, Rain Man).

1991: Best Director, Goodfellas (Lost to Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves).

1991: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (with Nicholas Pileggi), Goodfellas (Lost to Michael Blake, Dances with Wolves).

1994: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (with Jay Cocks), The Age of Innocence (Lost to Steve Zaillian, Schindler’s List).

2003: Best Director, Gangs of New York (Lost to Roman Polanski, The Pianist).

2005: Best Achievement in Directing, The Aviator (lost to Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby).

2007: Best Achievement in Directing, The Departed (Won).

Woody Allen

Nominated for: directing a business trip to Paris that results in a trip through time in Midnight in Paris.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Director, Washington DC Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, 2012 Directors Guild Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Woody Allen has had a long and productive career both behind and in front of the cameras. Notable films include Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Match Point.

History with Oscar:

Woody Allen has been nominated for an Oscar an impressive twenty-one times in the past, winning three times, and is nominated for another award this year–Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Midnight in Paris.

1978: Best Director, Annie Hall (Won).

1978: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (with Marshall Brickman), Annie Hall (Won).

1978: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Annie Hall (Lost to Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl).

1979: Best Director, Interiors (Lost to Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter).

1979: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Interiors (Lost to Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones, Coming Home).

1980: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (with Marshall Brickman), Manhattan (Lost to Steve Tesich, Breaking Away).

1985: Best Director, Broadway Danny Rose (lost to Milos Foreman, Amadeus).

1985: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Broadway Danny Rose (lost to Robert Benton, Places in the Heart).

1986: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, The Purple Rose of Cairo (lost to Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Witness).

1987: Best Director, Hannah and Her Sisters (Lost to Oliver Stone, Platoon).

1987: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Hannah and Her Sisters (Won).

1988: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Radio Days (Lost to John Patrick Shanley, Moonstruck).

1990: Best Director, Crimes and Misdemeanors (Lost to Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July).

1990: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Crimes and Misdemeanors (Lost to Tom Schulman, Dead Poets Society).

1991: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Alice (Lost to Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost).

1993: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Husbands and Wives (Lost to Neil Jordan, The Crying Game).

1995: Best Director, Bullets Over Broadway (Lost to Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump).

1995: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (with Douglas McGrath), Bullets Over Broadway (Lost to Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary, Pulp Fiction).

1996: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Mighty Aphrodite(Lost to Christopher McQuarrie, The Usual Suspects).

1998: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen , Deconstructing Harry (Lost to Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting).

2006: Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Match Point (lost to Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco, Crash).

Terrence Malick

Nominated for: directing the esoteric coming of age film, The Tree of Life.

Other honors for this film:

Won, Best Director, 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, San Francisco Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Malick has directed films such as Badlands, The Thin Red Line, and The New World.

History with Oscar:

Terrence Malick has been nominated for an Oscar two times in the past.

1999: Best Director, A Thin Red Line (Lost to Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan).

1999: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, A Thin Red Line (Lost to Bill Condon, Gods and Monsters).

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