Academy Awards for Best Director

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  1. 1928 - Frank Borzage (Seventh Heaven)
  2. 1929 - Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady)
  3. 1930 - Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front)
  4. 1931 - Norman Taurog (Skippy)
  5. 1932 - Frank Borzage (Bad Girl)
  6. 1933 - Frank Lloyd (Cavalcade)
  7. 1934 - Frank Capra (It Happened One Night)
  8. 1935 - John Ford (The Informer)
  9. 1936 - Frank Capra (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town)
  10. 1937 - Leo McCarey (The Awful Truth)
  11. 1938 - Frank Capra (You Can't Take It with You)
  12. 1939 - Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind)
  13. 1940 - John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath)
  14. 1941 - John Ford (How Green Was My Valley)
  15. 1942 - William Wyler (Mrs. Miniver)
  16. 1943 - Michael Curtiz (Casablanca)
  17. 1944 - Leo McCarey (Going My Way)
  18. 1945 - Billy Wilder (The Lost Weekend)
  19. 1946 - William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives)
  20. 1947 - Elia Kazan (Gentleman's Agreement)
  21. 1948 - John Huston (Treasure of the Sierra Madre)
  22. 1949 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives)
  23. 1950 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve)
  24. 1951 - George Stevens (A Place in the Sun)
  25. 1952 - John Ford (The Quiet Man)
  26. 1953 - Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity)
  27. 1954 - Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront)
  28. 1955 - Delbert Mann (Marty)
  29. 1956 - George Stevens (Giant)
  30. 1957 - David Lean (The Bridge on the River Kwai)
  31. 1958 - Vincente Minnelli (Gigi)
  32. 1959 - William Wyler (Ben-Hur)
  33. 1960 - Billy Wilder (The Apartment)
  34. 1961 - Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (West Side Story)
  35. 1962 - David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia)
  36. 1963 - Tony Richardson (Tom Jones)
  37. 1964 - George Cukor (My Fair Lady)
  38. 1965 - Robert Wise (The Sound of Music)
  39. 1966 - Fred Zinnemann (A Man for All Seasons)
  40. 1967 - Mike Nichols (The Graduate)
  41. 1968 - Carol Reed (Oliver!)
  42. 1969 - John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy)
  43. 1970 - Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton)
  44. 1971 - William Friedkin (The French Connection)
  45. 1972 - Bob Fosse (Cabaret)
  46. 1973 - George Roy Hill (The Sting)
  47. 1974 - Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part II)
  48. 1975 - Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
  49. 1976 - John G. Avildsen (Rocky)
  50. 1977 - Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
  51. 1978 - Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter)
  52. 1979 - Robert Benton (Kramer VS. Kramer)
  53. 1980 - Robert Redford (Ordinary People)
  54. 1981 - Warren Beatty (Reds)
  55. 1982 - Richard Attenborough (Gandhi)
  56. 1983 - James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)
  57. 1984 - Milos Forman (Amadeus)
  58. 1985 - Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa)
  59. 1986 - Oliver Stone (Platoon)
  60. 1987 - Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor)
  61. 1988 - Barry Levinson (Rain Man)
  62. 1989 - Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July)
  63. 1990 - Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves)
  64. 1991 - Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs)
  65. 1992 - Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)
  66. 1993 - Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List)
  67. 1994 - Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump)
  68. 1995 - Mel Gibson (Braveheart)
  69. 1996 - Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)
  70. 1997 - James Cameron (Titanic)
  71. 1998 - Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan)
  72. 1999 - Sam Mendes (American Beauty)
  73. 2000 - Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)
  74. 2001 - Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)
  75. 2002 - Roman Polanski (The Pianist)
  76. 2003 - Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  77. 2004 - Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)
  78. 2005 - Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
  79. 2006 - Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
  80. 2007 - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men)
  81. 2008 - Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
  82. 2009 - Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
  83. 2010 - Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
  84. 2011 - Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  85. 2012 - Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  86. 2013 - Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  87. 2014 - Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
  88. 2015 - Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)

You better check your spelling for Master ScorSese!

Sorry ma'am, won't happen again. :(

The academy was always clueless about cinema, but at least their picks used to carry some symbolic meaning about the state of the art. They also used to favor (though they failed in many cases) films they predicted would withstand the test of time. Honestly, I can't think of more uninteresting, forgetable movies as those that have been given this award for the last ten years.