With eight Oscar nominations to his name Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most celebrated filmmakers currently working. However, he has yet to actually win one of those little golden statues. The iconoclastic filmmaker celebrates his 50th birthday on June 25, 2020. To celebrate, tour through our photo gallery of all eight of Anderson’s films ranked from worst to best.
Anderson made his feature directing debut with “Hard Eight” (1996), made when he was just 26-years-old. He earned his first Oscar nomination the very next year: Best Original Screenplay for “Boogie Nights” (1997). Another Best Original Screenplay bid followed just two years after that for “Magnolia” (1999). Then he hit the Oscar jackpot with Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations for “There Will Be Blood” (2007) — well, almost hit the jackpot as none of those noms resulted in a win. It took another seven years for him to return to the Best Adapted Screenplay race for “Inherent Vice” (2014). For his 2017 film “Phantom Thread” he earned nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
Take a look through our gallery of Anderson’s greatest films, including a couple for which he didn’t receive Oscar nominations.