Mama always said Robert Zemeckis was the top Best Director Oscar winner of the 1990s for his work on “Forrest Gump.” Zemeckis was the top choice in Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for your favorite of the ’90s, and no other director came close.
Zemeckis won Gold Derby’s poll with an astonishing 49% of the vote, leaving everyone else in the dust. Steven Spielberg (“Schindler’s List”) came in second at 15%, while Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) was the only other double-digit vote-getter at 10%. Rounding out the top five here were Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) at 9% and James Cameron (“Titanic”) at 8%. Far below the rest we had Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) at 4%, followed by Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”) at 2%. Three directors tied for last in our poll with 1% of the vote each: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”) and Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”).
“Forrest Gump” also won Gold Derby’s Best Picture poll of the 1990s, where it similarly dominated. This was Zemeckis’ only nomination and win in Best Director thus far. He did have one previous nomination in Best Original Screenplay for co-writing “Back to the Future” (1985).
Zemeckis also directed the entire “Back to the Future” trilogy and such Oscar nominated movies as “Contact” (1997), “Cast Away” (2000), “The Polar Express” (2004), “Flight” (2012) and “Allied” (2016). His next film, the fantasy drama “The Women of Marwen,” will be released in November. See our list of Zemeckis’ Top 10 movies.
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