Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s: Oliver Stone x 2, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford … ? [POLL]

The 1980s at the Oscars were full of matches between Best Picture and Best Director. Of the 10 Best Director winners, eight of their films won Best Picture, including Robert Redford, Richard Attenborough, James L. Brooks, Milos Forman, Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci and Barry Levinson. The only instances of a Picture/Director split were in 1981 when Warren Beatty won for “Reds” and 1989 when Stone won his second directing Oscar for “Born on the Fourth of July.”

So who is your favorite Best Director winner of the ’80s? Look back on each of their wins and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert Redford, “Ordinary People” (1980) — Redford’s directorial debut proved he had the chops, winning for the harrowing domestic drama “Ordinary People.” Redford’s other Oscar nominations were for “The Sting” (1973) in Best Actor and both Best Picture and Best Director for “Quiz Show” (1994).

Warren Beatty, “Reds” (1981) — The actor-turned-director narrative continued the very next year with Beatty winning for the political intrigue drama “Reds.” He was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for the film, which ultimately lost Best Picture to “Chariots of Fire.” He has also earned nominations for “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Shampoo” (1975), “Heaven Can Wait” (1978), “Bugsy” (1991) and “Bullworth” (1998).

Richard Attenborough, “Gandhi” (1982) — Attenborough won his Oscar for directing the biopic “Gandhi,” about the iconic activist. While he has not earned Oscar nominations for any other films, he also won Best Picture for “Gandhi” as the film’s primary producer.

James L. Brooks, “Terms of Endearment” (1983) — Brooks, who is a legendary TV director in his own right, found success in film with the tearjerking mother-daughter drama “Terms of Endearment.” He also won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for the film. His other nominations are for “Broadcast News” (1987), “Jerry Maguire” (1996) and “As Good as It Gets” (1997).

Milos Forman, “Amadeus” (1984) — Forman took home his second Oscar with “Amadeus,” about the rivalry between Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). He has the distinction of directing another Best Picture winner, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), for which he won Best Director. He was later nominated for “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996).

Sydney Pollack, “Out of Africa” (1985) — Pollack, one of the masters of mainstream adult film, took home a pair of Oscars, Best Picture and Best Director, for the sweeping melodrama “Out of Africa.” He earned other nominations in Picture, Director or both for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969), “Tootsie” (1982), “Michael Clayton” (2007) and “The Reader” (2008).

Oliver Stone, “Platoon” (1986) — Stone collected his second Oscar for the violent antiwar film “Platoon.” His previous win was for writing “Midnight Express” (1978) while his third win was just a few years later for “Born on the Fourth of July.” He was subsequently nominated for “JFK” (1991) and “Nixon” (1995).

Bernardo Bertolucci, “The Last Emperor” (1987) — Bertolucci won his Oscar for Chinese biopic “The Last Emperor,” one of the few Best Picture winners to feature a foreign language. He also won Best Adapted Screenplay for the film. His previous nominations are for similarly foreign-tinged films, “The Conformist” (1970) and “Last Tango in Paris” (1973).

Barry Levinson, “Rain Man” (1988) — Levinson took home gold for the comedy-drama “Rain Man,” about an autistic savant. His previous nominations were for writing “And Justice for All” (1979), “Diner” (1982) and “Avalon” (1990) and producing and directing “Bugsy” (1991). He has recently migrated primarily to television, earning an Emmy nomination last year for “The Wizard of Lies.”

Oliver Stone, “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989) — Stone earned his other Best Director Oscar just three years after his first, and for a similarly antiwar film, “Born on the Fourth of July.” This was the other case of Best Director not matching up with Picture, as that year’s winner, “Driving Miss Daisy,” was not even nominated for Best Director.

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