The Overdue Director Factor often decides the winners of top Oscar categories. Would "The Departed" or "A Beautiful Mind" have won Best Picture if Martin Scorsese or Ron Howard hadn't been ridiculously overdue? Maybe not.
Now let's take a look at a few directors who are holding an Oscar I.O.U. To keep reading, click the arrow on the right side of the photo above.
Above: With "Moonrise Kingdom," Wes Anderson added another critically acclaimed title to his already impressive list of offbeat comedies, which also includes "Bottle Rocket," "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Anderson is a three-time Oscar nominee -- for co-writing "Moonrise" and "Tenenbaums" and for Best Animated Feature for the stop-motion "Fox" -- but the respected auteur has never even been nominated for Best Director.
-- Text by Daniel Montgomery