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    Not since the 2nd Academy Awards has there been a Best Director winner not nominated for Best Picture. This will likely never happen again, but what do you think are the closest times this has come to happening in the past? I think there are a few cases that can be made for some coming in third place or even second (not including occasions such as the 1966 awards, where there was only a two film overlap). Here are the instances I would say maybe came in third:

    • 1995: Tim Robbins, Dead Man Walking (second place)
    • 1988: Charles Crichton, A Fish Called Wanda (third, behind Alan Parker)
    • 1985: Akira Kurosawa, Ran (third, behind Peter Weir)
    • 1983: Ingmar Bergman, Fanny and Alexander (second place)
    • 1968: Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (second place)
    • 1960: Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho (second place)

    Are there any that I missed? Are there any of these that were maybe lower than I thought?

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    Not Akira no.
    Wings won but the director wins went to others in comedy and drama.
    John Ford won for The Informer but Picture went to Mutiny on The Bounty.
    These are marginal as they did receive director nods but as you say, might be close to.
    phone showing 4 screens. There are other examples will post later

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Philip K Dick Blade Runner

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    I think Paul Greengrass was possibly 2nd for United 93, although Scorsese won that year with a huge gap, so even if Greengrass was 2nd he still was probably not that close to winning.

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    Not since the 2nd Academy Awards has there been a Best Director winner not nominated for Best Picture. This will likely never happen again, but what do you think are the closest times this has come to happening in the past? I think there are a few cases that can be made for some coming in third place or even second (not including occasions such as the 1966 awards, where there was only a two film overlap). Here are the instances I would say maybe came in third:

    • 1995: Tim Robbins, Dead Man Walking (second place)
    • 1988: Charles Crichton, A Fish Called Wanda (third, behind Alan Parker)
    • 1985: Akira Kurosawa, Ran (third, behind Peter Weir)
    • 1983: Ingmar Bergman, Fanny and Alexander (second place)
    • 1968: Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey (second place)
    • 1960: Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho (second place)

    Are there any that I missed? Are there any of these that were maybe lower than I thought?

    I seriously doubt that Hitchcock and Kubrick ranked anywhere close to being that high–not that they didn’t deserve it, but because those films have grown in reputation and esteem exponentially since they came out, but very few people were convinced that they were bona fide “classics” at the time, let alone award-worthy. I think it’s safer to say that Cardiff and Zefferelli (or perhaps Harvey, that year’s DGA winner) placed second in those years, respectively.

    If Hitchcock ever placed (a distant) second, I’d think it was more likely in 1954, because he had softer competition with Seaton and Wilder (at his airiest) as well as Wellman (who also was helming a non-Picture nominee).

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