List of Academy Award for Best Director winners by age

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This is a list of winners of the Academy Award of Merit for Achievement in Directing, presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)[1] to a director who has delivered outstanding direction while working on a particular film within the industry. More popularly known as the Academy Award (or the Oscar) for Best Director, this award was initially presented at the 1st Academy Awards ceremony for 1927 and 1928 and was most recently presented at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony for 2018.[2] Throughout the past 90 years, accounting for shared and repeat winners, AMPAS has presented a total of 93 Best Directing awards to 69 different directors. This list is current as of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 24, 2019.

As of February 2019, The list below has 20 directors in their 30s, 40 directors in their 40s, 28 directors in their 50s, 5 directors in their 60s and one director in his seventies during the reception of the award. The youngest director being Damien Chazelle aged 32 years and 68 days during the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony and the oldest being Clint Eastwood who was 74 during the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.

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List of winners[edit]

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Director
Film
Date of birth
Date of award
Age upon
receiving award
Date of death
Lifespan
Notes
1 Borzage, FrankFrank Borzage Seventh Heaven7th Heaven 1894-04-23(1894-04-23)April 23, 1894 May 16, 1929 (1929-05-16) 35 years, 23 days 1962-06-19(1962-06-19)June 19, 1962 24,893 days (68 years, 57 days) Dramatic;[4] 1st of 2
Held record as oldest winner for 1 award ceremony (from the 1st to the 2nd, May 1929–April 1930 [11 months])
2 Milestone, LewisLewis Milestone Two Arabian KnightsTwo Arabian Knights 1895-09-30(1895-09-30)September 30, 1895 May 16, 1929 (1929-05-16) 33 years, 228 days 1980-09-25(1980-09-25)September 25, 1980 31,041 days (84 years, 361 days) Comedy;[4] 1st of 2
Held record as youngest winner for 3 award ceremonies (from the 1st to the 4th, May 1929–November 1931 [2 years, 6 months])
3 Lloyd, FrankFrank Lloyd Divine LadyThe Divine Lady 1886-02-02(1886-02-02)February 2, 1886 April 3, 1930 (1930-04-03) 44 years, 60 days 1960-08-10(1960-08-10)August 10, 1960 27,217 days (74 years, 190 days) 1st of 2
Held record as oldest winner for 10 award ceremonies (from the 2nd to the 12th, April 1930–February 1940)
4 Milestone, LewisLewis Milestone All Quiet On The Western FrontAll Quiet on the Western Front 1895-09-30(1895-09-30)September 30, 1895 November 5, 1930 (1930-11-05) 35 years, 36 days 1980-09-25(1980-09-25)September 25, 1980 31,041 days (84 years, 361 days) 2nd of 2
5 Taurog, NormanNorman Taurog SkippySkippy 1899-02-23(1899-02-23)February 23, 1899 November 10, 1931 (1931-11-10) 32 years, 260 days 1981-04-07(1981-04-07)April 7, 1981 29,993 days (82 years, 43 days) Held record as youngest winner for 85 award ceremonies (from the 4th through the 89th, November 1931–February 2017 [85 years, 3 months])
6 Borzage, FrankFrank Borzage Bad GirlBad Girl 1894-04-23(1894-04-23)April 23, 1894 November 18, 1932 (1932-11-18) 38 years, 209 days 1962-06-19(1962-06-19)June 19, 1962 24,893 days (68 years, 57 days) 2nd of 2
7 Lloyd, FrankFrank Lloyd CavalcadeCavalcade 1886-02-02(1886-02-02)February 2, 1886 March 16, 1934 (1934-03-16) 48 years, 42 days 1960-08-10(1960-08-10)August 10, 1960 27,217 days (74 years, 190 days) 2nd of 2
8 Capra, FrankFrank Capra It Happened One NightIt Happened One Night 1897-05-18(1897-05-18)May 18, 1897 February 27, 1935 (1935-02-27) 37 years, 285 days 1991-09-03(1991-09-03)September 3, 1991 34,440 days (94 years, 108 days)[5] 1st of 3
9 Ford, JohnJohn Ford InformerThe Informer 1894-02-01(1894-02-01)February 1, 1894 March 5, 1936 (1936-03-05) 42 years, 33 days 1973-08-31(1973-08-31)August 31, 1973 29,065 days (79 years, 211 days) 1st of 4
10 Capra, FrankFrank Capra Mr Deeds Goes To TownMr. Deeds Goes to Town 1897-05-18(1897-05-18)May 18, 1897 March 4, 1937 (1937-03-04) 39 years, 290 days 1991-09-03(1991-09-03)September 3, 1991 34,440 days (94 years, 108 days)[5] 2nd of 3
11 McCarey, LeoLeo McCarey Awful TruthThe Awful Truth 1898-10-03(1898-10-03)October 3, 1898 March 10, 1938 (1938-03-10) 39 years, 158 days 1969-07-05(1969-07-05)July 5, 1969 25,842 days (70 years, 275 days) 1st of 2
12 Capra, FrankFrank Capra You Cant Take It With YouYou Can't Take It with You 1897-05-18(1897-05-18)May 18, 1897 February 23, 1939 (1939-02-23) 41 years, 281 days 1991-09-03(1991-09-03)September 3, 1991 34,440 days (94 years, 108 days)[5] 3rd of 3
13 Fleming, VictorVictor Fleming Gone With The WindGone with the Wind 1889-02-23(1889-02-23)February 23, 1889 February 29, 1940 (1940-02-29) 51 years, 6 days 1949-01-06(1949-01-06)January 6, 1949 21,866 days (59 years, 318 days)[6] Held record as oldest winner for 4 award ceremonies (from the 12th to the 16th, February 1940–March 1944)
14 Ford, JohnJohn Ford Grapes Of WrathThe Grapes of Wrath 1894-02-01(1894-02-01)February 1, 1894 February 27, 1941 (1941-02-27) 47 years, 26 days 1973-08-31(1973-08-31)August 31, 1973 29,065 days (79 years, 211 days) 2nd of 4
15 Ford, JohnJohn Ford How Green Was My ValleyHow Green Was My Valley 1894-02-01(1894-02-01)February 1, 1894 February 26, 1942 (1942-02-26) 48 years, 25 days 1973-08-31(1973-08-31)August 31, 1973 29,065 days (79 years, 211 days) 3rd of 4
16 Wyler, WilliamWilliam Wyler Mrs MiniverMrs. Miniver 1902-07-01(1902-07-01)July 1, 1902 March 4, 1943 (1943-03-04) 40 years, 246 days 1981-07-27(1981-07-27)July 27, 1981 28,881 days (79 years, 26 days) 1st of 3
17 Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz CasablancaCasablanca 1886-12-24(1886-12-24)December 24, 1886 March 2, 1944 (1944-03-02) 57 years, 69 days 1962-04-10(1962-04-10)April 10, 1962 27,500 days (75 years, 107 days) Held record as oldest winner for 9 award ceremonies (from the 16th to the 25th, March 1944–March 1953)
18 McCarey, LeoLeo McCarey Going My WayGoing My Way 1898-10-03(1898-10-03)October 3, 1898 March 15, 1945 (1945-03-15) 46 years, 163 days 1969-07-05(1969-07-05)July 5, 1969 25,842 days (70 years, 275 days) 2nd of 2
19 Wilder, BillyBilly Wilder Lost WeekendThe Lost Weekend 1906-06-22(1906-06-22)June 22, 1906 March 7, 1946 (1946-03-07) 39 years, 258 days 2002-03-27(2002-03-27)March 27, 2002 34,977 days (95 years, 278 days)[7] 1st of 2
20 Wyler, WilliamWilliam Wyler Best Years of Our LivesThe Best Years of Our Lives 1902-07-01(1902-07-01)July 1, 1902 March 13, 1947 (1947-03-13) 44 years, 255 days 1981-07-27(1981-07-27)July 27, 1981 28,881 days (79 years, 26 days) 2nd of 3
21 Kazan, EliaElia Kazan Gentlemans AgreementGentleman's Agreement 1909-09-07(1909-09-07)September 7, 1909 March 20, 1948 (1948-03-20) 38 years, 195 days 2003-09-28(2003-09-28)September 28, 2003 34,354 days (94 years, 21 days)[8] 1st of 2
22 Huston, JohnJohn Huston Treasure Of The Sierra MadreThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1906-08-05(1906-08-05)August 5, 1906 March 24, 1949 (1949-03-24) 42 years, 231 days 1987-08-28(1987-08-28)August 28, 1987 29,608 days (81 years, 23 days)
23 Mankiewicz, JosephJoseph L. Mankiewicz Letter To Three WivesA Letter to Three Wives 1909-02-11(1909-02-11)February 11, 1909 March 23, 1950 (1950-03-23) 41 years, 40 days 1993-02-05(1993-02-05)February 5, 1993 30,675 days (83 years, 360 days) 1st of 2
24 Mankiewicz, JosephJoseph L. Mankiewicz All About EveAll About Eve 1909-02-11(1909-02-11)February 11, 1909 March 29, 1951 (1951-03-29) 42 years, 46 days 1993-02-05(1993-02-05)February 5, 1993 30,675 days (83 years, 360 days) 2nd of 2
25 Stevens, GeorgeGeorge Stevens Place In The SunA Place in the Sun 1904-12-18(1904-12-18)December 18, 1904 March 20, 1952 (1952-03-20) 47 years, 93 days 1975-03-08(1975-03-08)March 8, 1975 25,647 days (70 years, 80 days) 1st of 2
26 Ford, JohnJohn Ford Quiet ManThe Quiet Man 1894-02-01(1894-02-01)February 1, 1894 March 19, 1953 (1953-03-19) 59 years, 46 days 1973-08-31(1973-08-31)August 31, 1973 29,065 days (79 years, 211 days) 4th of 4
Held record as oldest winner for 12 award ceremonies (from the 25th to the 37th, March 1953–April 1965)
27 Zinnemann, FredFred Zinnemann From Here To EternityFrom Here to Eternity 1907-04-29(1907-04-29)April 29, 1907 March 25, 1954 (1954-03-25) 46 years, 330 days 1997-03-14(1997-03-14)March 14, 1997 32,827 days (89 years, 319 days) 1st of 2
28 Kazan, EliaElia Kazan On The WaterfrontOn the Waterfront 1909-09-07(1909-09-07)September 7, 1909 March 30, 1955 (1955-03-30) 45 years, 204 days 2003-09-28(2003-09-28)September 28, 2003 34,354 days (94 years, 21 days)[8] 2nd of 2
29 Mann, DelbertDelbert Mann MartyMarty 1920-01-30(1920-01-30)January 30, 1920 March 21, 1956 (1956-03-21) 36 years, 51 days 2007-11-11(2007-11-11)November 11, 2007 32,062 days (87 years, 285 days)
30 Stevens, GeorgeGeorge Stevens GiantGiant 1904-12-18(1904-12-18)December 18, 1904 March 27, 1957 (1957-03-27) 52 years, 99 days 1975-03-08(1975-03-08)March 8, 1975 25,647 days (70 years, 80 days) 2nd of 2
31 Lean, DavidDavid Lean Bridge On The River KwaiThe Bridge on the River Kwai 1908-03-25(1908-03-25)March 25, 1908 March 26, 1958 (1958-03-26) 50 years, 1 day 1991-04-16(1991-04-16)April 16, 1991 30,337 days (83 years, 22 days) 1st of 2
32 Minnelli, VincenteVincente Minnelli GigiGigi 1903-02-28(1903-02-28)February 28, 1903 April 6, 1959 (1959-04-06) 56 years, 37 days 1986-07-25(1986-07-25)July 25, 1986 30,463 days (83 years, 147 days)
33 Wyler, WilliamWilliam Wyler Ben-HurBen-Hur 1902-07-01(1902-07-01)July 1, 1902 April 4, 1960 (1960-04-04) 57 years, 278 days 1981-07-27(1981-07-27)July 27, 1981 28,881 days (79 years, 26 days) 3rd of 3
34 Wilder, BillyBilly Wilder ApartmentThe Apartment 1906-06-22(1906-06-22)June 22, 1906 April 17, 1961 (1961-04-17) 54 years, 299 days 2002-03-27(2002-03-27)March 27, 2002 34,977 days (95 years, 278 days)[7] 2nd of 2
35 Robbins, JeromeJerome Robbins West Side StoryWest Side Story 1918-10-11(1918-10-11)October 11, 1918 April 9, 1962 (1962-04-09) 43 years, 180 days 1998-07-29(1998-07-29)July 29, 1998 29,146 days (79 years, 291 days) Shared
36 Wise, RobertRobert Wise West Side StoryWest Side Story 1914-09-10(1914-09-10)September 10, 1914 April 9, 1962 (1962-04-09) 47 years, 211 days 2005-09-14(2005-09-14)September 14, 2005 33,242 days (91 years, 4 days) Shared; 1st of 2
37 Lean, DavidDavid Lean Lawrence Of ArabiaLawrence of Arabia 1908-03-25(1908-03-25)March 25, 1908 April 8, 1963 (1963-04-08) 55 years, 14 days 1991-04-16(1991-04-16)April 16, 1991 30,337 days (83 years, 22 days) 2nd of 2
38 Richardson, TonyTony Richardson Tom JonesTom Jones 1928-06-05(1928-06-05)June 5, 1928 April 13, 1964 (1964-04-13) 35 years, 313 days 1991-11-14(1991-11-14)November 14, 1991 23,172 days (63 years, 162 days)
39 Cukor, GeorgeGeorge Cukor My Fair LadyMy Fair Lady 1899-07-07(1899-07-07)July 7, 1899 April 5, 1965 (1965-04-05) 65 years, 272 days 1983-01-24(1983-01-24)January 24, 1983 30,516 days (83 years, 201 days) Held record as oldest winner for 38 award ceremonies (from the 37th to the 75th, April 1965–March 2003)
40 Wise, RobertRobert Wise Sound Of MusicThe Sound of Music 1914-09-10(1914-09-10)September 10, 1914 April 18, 1966 (1966-04-18) 51 years, 220 days 2005-09-14(2005-09-14)September 14, 2005 33,242 days (91 years, 4 days) 2nd of 2
41 Zinnemann, FredFred Zinnemann Man For All SeasonsA Man for All Seasons 1907-04-29(1907-04-29)April 29, 1907 April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10) 59 years, 346 days 1997-03-14(1997-03-14)March 14, 1997 32,827 days (89 years, 319 days) 2nd of 2
42 Nichols, MikeMike Nichols GraduateThe Graduate 1931-11-06(1931-11-06)November 6, 1931 April 10, 1968 (1968-04-10) 36 years, 156 days 2014-11-19(2014-11-19)November 19, 2014 30,329 days (83 years, 13 days)
43 Reed, CarolCarol Reed OliverOliver! 1906-12-30(1906-12-30)December 30, 1906 April 14, 1969 (1969-04-14) 62 years, 105 days 1976-04-25(1976-04-25)April 25, 1976 25,319 days (69 years, 117 days)[9]
44 Schlesinger, JohnJohn Schlesinger Midnight CowboyMidnight Cowboy 1926-02-16(1926-02-16)February 16, 1926 April 7, 1970 (1970-04-07) 44 years, 50 days 2003-07-25(2003-07-25)July 25, 2003 28,283 days (77 years, 159 days)
45 Schaffner, FranklinFranklin J. Schaffner PattonPatton 1920-05-30(1920-05-30)May 30, 1920 April 15, 1971 (1971-04-15) 50 years, 320 days 1989-07-02(1989-07-02)July 2, 1989 25,235 days (69 years, 33 days)
46 Friedkin, WilliamWilliam Friedkin French ConnectionThe French Connection 1935-08-29(1935-08-29)August 29, 1935 April 10, 1972 (1972-04-10) 36 years, 225 days 2019-11-13 30,757 days (84 years, 76 days)
47 Fosse, BobBob Fosse CabaretCabaret 1927-06-23(1927-06-23)June 23, 1927 March 27, 1973 (1973-03-27) 45 years, 277 days 1987-09-23(1987-09-23)September 23, 1987 22,007 days (60 years, 92 days)
48 Hill, GeorgeGeorge Roy Hill StingThe Sting 1921-12-20(1921-12-20)December 20, 1921 April 2, 1974 (1974-04-02) 52 years, 103 days 2002-12-27(2002-12-27)December 27, 2002 29,592 days (81 years, 7 days)
49 Coppola, FrancisFrancis Ford Coppola Godfather Part 2The Godfather Part II 1939-04-07(1939-04-07)April 7, 1939 April 8, 1975 (1975-04-08) 36 years, 1 day 2019-11-13 29,440 days (80 years, 220 days)
50 Forman, MilosMiloš Forman One Flew Over The Cuckoos NestOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1932-02-18(1932-02-18)February 18, 1932 March 29, 1976 (1976-03-29) 44 years, 40 days 2018-04-14(2018-04-14)April 14, 2018 31,467 days (86 years, 55 days) 1st of 2
51 Avildsen, JohnJohn G. Avildsen RockyRocky 1935-12-21(1935-12-21)December 21, 1935 March 28, 1977 (1977-03-28) 41 years, 97 days 2017-06-16(2017-06-16)June 16, 2017 29,763 days (81 years, 177 days)
52 Allen, WoodyWoody Allen Annie HallAnnie Hall 1935-12-01(1935-12-01)December 1, 1935 April 3, 1978 (1978-04-03) 42 years, 123 days 2019-11-13 30,663 days (83 years, 347 days)
53 Cimino, MichaelMichael Cimino Deer HunterThe Deer Hunter 1939-02-03(1939-02-03)February 3, 1939 April 9, 1979 (1979-04-09) 40 years, 65 days 2016-07-02(2016-07-02)July 2, 2016 28,274 days (77 years, 150 days)
54 Benton, RobertRobert Benton Kramer Vs KramerKramer vs. Kramer 1932-09-29(1932-09-29)September 29, 1932 April 14, 1980 (1980-04-14) 47 years, 198 days 2019-11-13 31,821 days (87 years, 45 days)
55 Redford, RobertRobert Redford Ordinary PeopleOrdinary People 1936-08-18(1936-08-18)August 18, 1936 March 31, 1981 (1981-03-31) 44 years, 225 days 2019-11-13 30,402 days (83 years, 87 days)
56 Beatty, WarrenWarren Beatty RedsReds 1937-03-30(1937-03-30)March 30, 1937 March 29, 1982 (1982-03-29) 44 years, 364 days 2019-11-13 30,178 days (82 years, 228 days)
57 Attenborough, RichardRichard Attenborough GandhiGandhi 1923-08-29(1923-08-29)August 29, 1923 April 11, 1983 (1983-04-11) 59 years, 225 days 2014-08-24(2014-08-24)August 24, 2014 33,233 days (90 years, 360 days)
58 Brooks, JamesJames L. Brooks Terms Of EndearmentTerms of Endearment 1940-05-09(1940-05-09)May 9, 1940 April 9, 1984 (1984-04-09) 43 years, 336 days 2019-11-13 29,042 days (79 years, 188 days)
59 Forman, MilosMiloš Forman AmadeusAmadeus 1932-02-18(1932-02-18)February 18, 1932 March 25, 1985 (1985-03-25) 53 years, 35 days 2018-04-14(2018-04-14)April 14, 2018 31,467 days (86 years, 55 days) 2nd of 2
60 Pollack, SydneySydney Pollack Out Of AfricaOut of Africa 1934-07-01(1934-07-01)July 1, 1934 March 24, 1986 (1986-03-24) 51 years, 266 days 2008-05-26(2008-05-26)May 26, 2008 26,993 days (73 years, 330 days)
61 Stone, OliverOliver Stone PlatoonPlatoon 1946-09-15(1946-09-15)September 15, 1946 March 30, 1987 (1987-03-30) 40 years, 196 days 2019-11-13 26,722 days (73 years, 59 days) 1st of 2
62 Bertolucci, BernardoBernardo Bertolucci Last EmperorThe Last Emperor 1940-03-16(1940-03-16)March 16, 1940 April 11, 1988 (1988-04-11) 48 years, 26 days 2018-11-26(2018-11-26)November 26, 2018 28,744 days (78 years, 255 days)
63 Levinson, BarryBarry Levinson Rain ManRain Man 1942-04-06(1942-04-06)April 6, 1942 March 27, 1989 (1989-03-27) 46 years, 355 days 2019-11-13 28,345 days (77 years, 221 days)
64 Stone, OliverOliver Stone Born On The Fourth Of JulyBorn on the Fourth of July 1946-09-15(1946-09-15)September 15, 1946 March 26, 1990 (1990-03-26) 43 years, 192 days 2019-11-13 26,722 days (73 years, 59 days) 2nd of 2
65 Costner, KevinKevin Costner Dances With WolvesDances with Wolves 1955-01-18(1955-01-18)January 18, 1955 March 25, 1991 (1991-03-25) 36 years, 66 days 2019-11-13 23,675 days (64 years, 299 days)
66 Demme, JonathanJonathan Demme Silence Of The LambsThe Silence of the Lambs 1944-02-22(1944-02-22)February 22, 1944 March 30, 1992 (1992-03-30) 48 years, 37 days 2017-04-26(2017-04-26)April 26, 2017 26,727 days (73 years, 63 days)
67 Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood UnforgivenUnforgiven 1930-05-31(1930-05-31)May 31, 1930 March 29, 1993 (1993-03-29) 62 years, 302 days 2019-11-13 32,673 days (89 years, 166 days) 1st of 2
68 Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Schindlers ListSchindler's List 1946-12-18(1946-12-18)December 18, 1946 March 21, 1994 (1994-03-21) 47 years, 93 days 2019-11-13 26,628 days (72 years, 330 days) 1st of 2
69 Zemeckis, RobertRobert Zemeckis Forrest GumpForrest Gump 1951-05-14(1951-05-14)May 14, 1951 March 27, 1995 (1995-03-27) 43 years, 317 days 2019-11-13 25,020 days (68 years, 183 days)
70 Gibson, MelMel Gibson BraveheartBraveheart 1956-01-03(1956-01-03)January 3, 1956 March 25, 1996 (1996-03-25) 40 years, 82 days 2019-11-13 23,325 days (63 years, 314 days)
71 Minghella, AnthonyAnthony Minghella English PatientThe English Patient 1954-01-06(1954-01-06)January 6, 1954 March 24, 1997 (1997-03-24) 43 years, 77 days 2008-03-18(2008-03-18)March 18, 2008 19,795 days (54 years, 72 days)[10]
72 Cameron, JamesJames Cameron TitanicTitanic 1954-08-16(1954-08-16)August 16, 1954 March 23, 1998 (1998-03-23) 43 years, 219 days 2019-11-13 23,830 days (65 years, 89 days)
73 Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Saving Private RyanSaving Private Ryan 1946-12-18(1946-12-18)December 18, 1946 March 21, 1999 (1999-03-21) 52 years, 93 days 2019-11-13 26,628 days (72 years, 330 days) 2nd of 2
74 Mendes, SamSam Mendes American BeautyAmerican Beauty 1965-08-01(1965-08-01)August 1, 1965 March 26, 2000 (2000-03-26) 34 years, 238 days 2019-11-13 19,827 days (54 years, 104 days)
75 Soderbergh, StevenSteven Soderbergh TrafficTraffic 1963-01-14(1963-01-14)January 14, 1963 March 25, 2001 (2001-03-25) 38 years, 70 days 2019-11-13 20,757 days (56 years, 303 days)
76 Howard, RonRon Howard Beautiful MindA Beautiful Mind 1954-03-01(1954-03-01)March 1, 1954 March 24, 2002 (2002-03-24) 48 years, 23 days 2019-11-13 23,998 days (65 years, 257 days)
77 Polanski, RomanRoman Polanski PianistThe Pianist 1933-08-18(1933-08-18)August 18, 1933 March 23, 2003 (2003-03-23) 69 years, 217 days 2019-11-13 31,498 days (86 years, 87 days) Held record as oldest winner for 2 award ceremonies (from the 75th to the 77th, March 2003–February 2005)
78 Jackson, PeterPeter Jackson Lord Of The Rings The Return Of The KingLord of the Rings: The Return of the King 1961-10-31(1961-10-31)October 31, 1961 February 29, 2004 (2004-02-29) 42 years, 121 days 2019-11-13 21,197 days (58 years, 13 days)
79 Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Million Dollar BabyMillion Dollar Baby 1930-05-31(1930-05-31)May 31, 1930 February 27, 2005 (2005-02-27) 74 years, 272 days 2019-11-13 32,673 days (89 years, 166 days) 2nd of 2
Has held record as oldest winner for 14 award ceremonies (from the 77th through the 91st, February 2005–February 2019)
80 Lee, AngAng Lee Brokeback MountainBrokeback Mountain 1954-10-23(1954-10-23)October 23, 1954 March 5, 2006 (2006-03-05) 51 years, 133 days 2019-11-13 23,762 days (65 years, 21 days) 1st of 2
81 Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese DepartedThe Departed 1942-11-17(1942-11-17)November 17, 1942 February 25, 2007 (2007-02-25) 64 years, 100 days 2019-11-13 28,120 days (76 years, 361 days)
82 Coen, EthanEthan Coen No Country For Old MenNo Country for Old Men 1957-09-21(1957-09-21)September 21, 1957 February 24, 2008 (2008-02-24) 50 years, 156 days 2019-11-13 22,698 days (62 years, 53 days) Shared
83 Coen, JoelJoel Coen No Country For Old MenNo Country for Old Men 1954-11-29(1954-11-29)November 29, 1954 February 24, 2008 (2008-02-24) 53 years, 87 days 2019-11-13 23,725 days (64 years, 349 days) Shared
84 Boyle, DannyDanny Boyle Slumdog MillionaireSlumdog Millionaire 1956-10-20(1956-10-20)October 20, 1956 February 22, 2009 (2009-02-22) 52 years, 125 days 2019-11-13 23,034 days (63 years, 24 days)
85 Bigelow, KathrynKathryn Bigelow Hurt LockerThe Hurt Locker 1951-11-27(1951-11-27)November 27, 1951 March 7, 2010 (2010-03-07) 58 years, 100 days 2019-11-13 24,823 days (67 years, 351 days)
86 Hooper, TomTom Hooper Kings SpeechThe King's Speech 1972-10-01(1972-10-01)October 1, 1972 February 27, 2011 (2011-02-27) 38 years, 149 days 2019-11-13 17,209 days (47 years, 43 days)
87 Hazanavicius, MichelMichel Hazanavicius ArtistThe Artist 1967-03-29(1967-03-29)March 29, 1967 February 26, 2012 (2012-02-26) 44 years, 334 days 2019-11-13 19,222 days (52 years, 229 days)
88 Lee, AngAng Lee Life of PiLife of Pi 1954-10-23(1954-10-23)October 23, 1954 February 24, 2013 (2013-02-24) 58 years, 124 days 2019-11-13 23,762 days (65 years, 21 days) 2nd of 2
89 Cuaron, AlfonsoAlfonso Cuaron GravityGravity 1961-11-28(1961-11-28)November 28, 1961 March 2, 2014 (2014-03-02) 52 years, 94 days 2019-11-13 21,169 days (57 years, 350 days) 1st of 2
90 Iñárritu, Alejandro GonzálezAlejandro González Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 1963-08-15(1963-08-15)August 15, 1963 February 22, 2015 (2015-02-22) 51 years, 191 days 2019-11-13 20,544 days (56 years, 90 days) 1st of 2
91 Iñárritu, Alejandro GonzálezAlejandro González Iñárritu Revenant The Revenant 1963-08-15(1963-08-15)August 15, 1963 February 28, 2016 (2016-02-28) 52 years, 197 days 2019-11-13 20,544 days (56 years, 90 days) 2nd of 2
92 Chazelle, DamienDamien Chazelle La La Land La La Land 1985-01-19(1985-01-19)January 19, 1985 February 26, 2017 (2017-02-26) 32 years, 38 days 2019-11-13 12,716 days (34 years, 298 days) Holds record for youngest winner
93 Del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro Shape of Water The Shape of Water 1964-10-9(1964-10-09)October 9, 1964 March 4, 2018 (2018-03-04) 53 years, 146 days 2019-11-13 20,123 days (55 years, 35 days)
94 Cuaron, AlfonsoAlfonso Cuaron RomaRoma 1961-11-28(1961-11-28)November 28, 1961 February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) 57 years, 88 days 2019-11-13 21,169 days (57 years, 350 days) 2nd of 2
# Director Film Date of birth Date of award Age upon
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Date of death Lifespan Notes
  1. ^ Official website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ Official ceremony promotional website for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ Official database website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b The first Best Directing Oscar was divided between Comedy and Dramatic films.
  5. ^ a b c Frank Capra (lifespan 94 years, 108 days) is one of three directors (alongside Billy Wilder and Elia Kazan) to have lived over 55 years (56 years, 188 days) after receiving the award.
  6. ^ Victor Fleming (lifespan 59 years, 318 days) is one of two directors (alongside Carol Reed) to have lived less than 10 years (8 years, 312 days) after receiving the award.
  7. ^ a b Billy Wilder holds the record for longest lifespan (95 years, 278 days). He is one of three directors (alongside Frank Capra and Elia Kazan) to have lived over 55 years (56 years, 20 days) after receiving the award.
  8. ^ a b Elia Kazan (lifespan 94 years, 21 days) is one of three directors (alongside Billy Wilder and Frank Capra) to have lived over 55 years (55 years, 192 days) after receiving the award.
  9. ^ Carol Reed (lifespan 69 years, 117 days) is one of two directors (alongside Victor Fleming) to have lived less than 10 years (7 years, 11 days) after receiving the award.
  10. ^ Anthony Minghella holds the record for shortest lifespan (54 years, 72 days).

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