Martin Scorsese is aiming to match what only one other director has achieved at the Golden Globes

Martin Scorsese could be on cloud nine when the Golden Globe ceremony is over. The icon is on track to earn his ninth Best Director nomination, for his meditative mob epic “The Irishman,” but more importantly, if his name is in the envelope, he’d tie the record for most wins in the category at four.

Elia Kazan is the sole record holder, having converted all four of his nominations into wins for “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947), “On the Waterfront” (1954), “Baby Doll” (1956) and “America America” (1963). Three other directors have a perfect record from multiple bids, but they’re all from two nominations: James Cameron (1997’s “Titanic” and 2009’s “Avatar”), Alfonso Cuaron (2013’s “Gravity” and 2018’s “Roma”) and William Friedkin (1971’s “The French Connection” and 1973’s “The Exorcist”).

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Scorsese received the first of his eight bids for “Raging Bull” (1980), but like at the Oscars, he didn’t win any until this century. His first victory was for “Gangs of New York” (2002), which was his fifth nomination, and he followed up with a second statuette four years later for “The Departed” (2006) en route to his first and only Oscar. His third win was for 2011’s “Hugo,” which also his most recent nomination.

Four other helmers have won three Globes: Clint Eastwood (1988’s “Bird,” 1992’s “Unforgiven” and 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby”), Milos Forman (1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” 1984’s “Amadeus” and 1996’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt”), David Lean (1957’s “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and 1965’s “Doctor Zhivago”) and Oliver Stone (1986’s “Platoon,” 1989’s “Born on the Fourth of July” and 1991’s “JFK”).

Armed with raves for “The Irishman,” a fitting, elegiac punctuation to his mob flicks, Scorsese has a healthy lead in the top spot in our director odds, ahead of Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Sam Mendes (“1917”) and Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”). If this turns out to be the final five, only Mendes has won before, for “American Beauty” (1999), and Tarantino is the only other previous nominee, having gone 0-3 so far.

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