September 2009


Woody Allen

Diane Keaton, Woody Allen and Tony Roberts in the 1977 Academy Award winner for Best Picture: Annie Hall

Diane Keaton, Woody Allen and Tony Roberts in the 1977 Academy Award winner for Best Picture: Annie Hall

  • Born:  1935
  • Rank:  10
  • Score:  794.70
  • Awards:  Oscar / DGA / 2 BAFTA / 3 NYFC / NSFC / NBR
  • Nominations:  6 Oscars / 4 DGA / 4 BAFTA / 4 Golden Globes
  • Awards Note:  Is the all-time leader in Oscar screenplay nominations with 14 and the all-time leader in WGA nominations with 19
  • Feature Films:  39
  • Best:  Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Worst:  Manhattan Murder Mystery

Top 10 Feature Films:

  1. Hannah and Her Sisters – 1986
  2. Annie Hall – 1977
  3. Manhattan – 1979
  4. Crimes and Misdemeanors – 1989
  5. The Purple Rose of Cairo – 1985
  6. Zelig – 1983
  7. Bullets over Broadway – 1994
  8. Stardust Memories – 1980
  9. Sweet and Lowdown – 1999
  10. Interiors – 1978

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1977 – 4th – Annie Hall
  • 1978 – 4th – Interiors
  • 1979 – 4th – Manhattan
  • 1980 – 7th – Stardust Memories
  • 1983 – 5th – Zelig
  • 1984 – 7th – Broadway Danny Rose
  • 1985 – 5th – The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • 1986 – 1st – Hannah and Her Sisters
  • 1989 – 5th – Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • 1994 – 7th – Bullets over Broadway
  • 1999 – 9th – Sweet and Lowdown

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Peter Jackson

The Fellowship of the Ring: Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Sean Bean (Boromir), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn) and Sean Astin (Samwise) in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Fellowship of the Ring: Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Sean Bean (Boromir), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn) and Sean Astin (Samwise) in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

  • Born:  1961
  • Rank:  11
  • Score:  773.80
  • Awards:  Oscar / DGA / BAFTA / Golden Globe / BFCA / LAFC / CFC
  • Nominations:  2 Oscars / 3 DGA / 3 BAFTA / 4 Golden Globes / 3 BFCA / 4 CFC
  • Feature Films:  9
  • Best:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Worst:  Bad Taste

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 2001
  3. King Kong – 2005
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 2002
  5. Heavenly Creatures – 1994

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1994 – 4th – Heavenly Creatures
  • 2001 – 1st – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 2002 – 1st – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • 2003 – 1st – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • 2005 – 3rd – King Kong

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Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski with a knife in his masterpiece: Chinatown (1974)

Roman Polanski with a knife in his masterpiece: Chinatown (1974)

  • Born:  1933
  • Rank:  12
  • Score:  767.90
  • Awards:  Oscar / 2 BAFTAs / Golden Globe / LAFC / 2 NSFC / 2 BSFC
  • Nominations:  3 Oscars / 3 DGA / 2 BAFTAs / 2 Golden Globes
  • Feature Films:  17
  • Best:  Chinatown
  • Worst: Pirates

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. Chinatown – 1974
  2. The Pianist – 2002
  3. Rosemary’s Baby – 1968
  4. Repulsion – 1965
  5. Knife in the Water – 1962

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1963 – 6th – Knife in the Water
  • 1965 – 2nd – Repulsion
  • 1966 – 5th – Cul-de-Sac
  • 1968 – 2nd – Rosemary’s Baby
  • 1971 – 6th – Macbeth
  • 1974 – 1st – Chinatown
  • 1980 – 6th – Tess
  • 1994 – 8th – Death and the Maiden
  • 2002 – 3rd – The Pianist

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Ang Lee

Heath Ledger in the Fourth of July scene in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Heath Ledger in the Fourth of July scene in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

  • Born:  1954
  • Rank:  13
  • Score:  760.80
  • Awards:  Oscar / 2 DGA / 2 BAFTA / 2 Golden Globes / BFCA / 2 NYFC / LAFC / 2 BSFC / 2 NBR
  • Nominations:  2 Oscars / 3 DGA / 3 Golden Globes / BFCA
  • Feature Films:  11
  • Best:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Worst:  Ride with the Devil

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – 2000
  2. Brokeback Mountain – 2005
  3. Sense and Sensibility – 1995
  4. The Ice Storm – 1997
  5. Lust, Caution – 2007

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1995 – 1st – Sense and Sensibility
  • 1997 – 3rd – The Ice Storm
  • 2000 – 1st – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • 2005 – 2nd – Brokeback Mountain
  • 2007 – 10th – Lust, Caution

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John Huston

Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, with Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet looking on in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, with Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet looking on in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1941)

  • Born:  1906
  • Died:  1987
  • Rank:  14
  • Score:  745.90
  • Awards:  Oscar / 2 Golden Globes / 3 NYFC / NSFC / 2 NBR / BSFC
  • Nominations:  5 Oscars / 7 DGA / 5 Golden Globes
  • Awards Note:  Nominated for 15 Oscars overall, including 6 for Adapted Screenplay (the most ever)
  • Feature Films:  36
  • Best:  The Maltese Falcon
  • Worst:  Phobia

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The Maltese Falcon – 1941
  2. Treasure of the Sierra Madre – 1948
  3. The African Queen – 1951
  4. The Man Who Would Be King – 1975
  5. The Dead – 1987

Top 10 Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1941 – 2nd – The Maltese Falcon
  • 1942 – 7th – Across the Pacific
  • 1948 – 1st – Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • 1948 – 10th – Key Largo
  • 1950 – 5th – The Asphalt Jungle
  • 1951 – 4th – The African Queen
  • 1953 – 10th – Beat the Devil
  • 1964 – 4th – Night of the Iguana
  • 1973 – 10th – Fat City
  • 1975 – 4th – The Man Who Would Be King
  • 1984 – 6th – Under the Volcano
  • 1985 – 7th – Prizzi’s Honor
  • 1987 – 7th – The Dead

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John Ford

Henry Fonda, who somehow didn't win an Oscar as Tom Joad and Jane Darwell who did win the Oscar as Ma Joad in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Henry Fonda, who somehow didn't win an Oscar as Tom Joad and Jane Darwell who did win the Oscar as Ma Joad in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

  • Born:  1894
  • Died:  1973
  • Rank:  15
  • Score:  743.70
  • Awards:  4 Oscars / DGA / 4 NYFC / NBR
  • Nominations:  5 Oscars / 5 DGA / Golden Globe
  • Feature Films:  59
  • Best:  The Searchers
  • Worst:  The Sun Shines Bright

Top 5 Feature Films:

  1. The Searchers – 1956
  2. The Grapes of Wrath – 1940
  3. The Informer – 1935
  4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – 1962
  5. Mr. Roberts – 1955

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk News):

  • 1931-32 – 10th – Arrowsmith
  • 1935 – 1st – The Informer
  • 1936 – 9th – Prisoner of Shark Island
  • 1939 – 5th – Stagecoach
  • 1940 – 1st – The Grapes of Wrath
  • 1940 – 10th – The Long Voyage Home
  • 1941 – 8th – How Green Was My Valley
  • 1945 – 1oth – They Were Expendable
  • 1946 – 1oth – My Darling Clementine
  • 1948 – 9th – Fort Apache
  • 1952 – 5th – The Quiet Man
  • 1955 – 6th – Mr. Roberts
  • 1956 – 2nd – The Searchers
  • 1962 – 4th – The Man Who Liberty Valance

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Orson Welles

Orson Welles and Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles and Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil (1958)

  • Born:  1915
  • Died:  1985
  • Rank:  16
  • Score:  735.30
  • Nominations:  Oscar
  • Feature Films:  10
  • Best:  Touch of Evil
  • Worst:  Mr. Arkadin

Top 5 Films:

  1. Touch of Evil – 1958
  2. Citizen Kane – 1941
  3. Chimes at Midnight – 1965
  4. The Magnificent Ambersons – 1942
  5. Othello – 1952

Top 10 Best Director Finishes  (Nighthawk Awards):

  • 1941 – 1st – Citizen Kane
  • 1942 – 2nd – The Magnificent Ambersons
  • 1946 – 9th – The Stranger
  • 1948 – 4th – Macbeth
  • 1948 – 5th – The Lady from Shanghai
  • 1955 – 9th – Othello
  • 1958 – 1st – Touch of Evil
  • 1967 – 2nd – Chimes at Midnight

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