Nominated/Won (for) an Oscar, but not necessarily for what you think.

by JustusAnkka | created - 31 Mar 2018 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

List of actors and directors, who have been nominated (and/or won) an Academy Award , but not for his primary known work (such as acting, but for example instead directing, producing or writing) PS: Sorry for repeating the phrase "Primarily known for..." (I have deliberately left out known writer-directors, such as Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Sylvester Stallone and so on, because they're are known for them. This list consists of, for me at least, mostly unexpected and surprising nominations.)

EDIT: Spike Lee removed due to him, very deservedly, getting a nomination for Best Director for BlackKKLansman and winning for Best Adapted Screenplay.

1. Fisher Stevens

Actor | Short Circuit

Fisher Stevens moved from his native Chicago to New York at the age of 13 to pursue an acting career. He tried, unsuccessfully, to get any kind of job and was, he recalls, even rejected as extra for a Crest commercial.

When his acting teacher, Dan Fauci, lost the lease to his teaching studio, he ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films and TV shows, he won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for The Cove in the 82nd Academy Awards.

2. Peter Capaldi

Actor | Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Nancy (Soutar) and Gerald John Capaldi. His parents owned an ice cream business. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), Scottish, and Irish descent. Capaldi attended drama classes and was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art. After ...

Note: Primarily known for his role as the 12th Doctor in BBC's Doctor Who among others, Capaldi won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life in the 67th Academy Awards. The Oscar was shared with another film called Trevor as the votes were tied.

3. Steven Wright

Actor | Natural Born Killers

Steven Wright was born on December 6, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Alexander Wright. He is an actor and producer, known for Natural Born Killers (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films and TV shows, Wright won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings in the 61st Academy Awards.

4. Jeff Goldblum

Actor | Jurassic Park

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Shirley (Temeles), a radio broadcaster who also ran an appliances firm, and Harold L. Goldblum, a doctor. His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry.

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Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films and TV shows, Goldblum was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Little Surprises in the 68th Academy Awards.

5. Keith Carradine

Actor | Nashville

It seems the second generation of acting Carradines -- David, Keith and Robert -- are proudly continuing the family tradition and begetting a third generation of talent. The dynasty began with veteran Hollywood patriarch John Carradine, the son of a surgeon and a correspondent for the Associated ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in TV shows and movies, Carradine for the Oscar for Best Original Song named I'm Easy for Nashville in the 48th Academy Awards.

6. Peter Weller

Actor | RoboCop

Peter Frederick Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Jean (Davidson) and Frederick Bradford Weller, a federal judge and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army. He traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in movies and TV shows, Weller was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Partners in the 66th Academy Awards.

7. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in TV shows and films, MacFarlane was nominated for Best Original Song named Everybody Needs A Best Friend for Ted in the 85th Academy Awards.

8. Kobe Bryant

Producer | Dear Basketball

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He is a producer and writer, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and Detail (2018). He has been married to Vanessa Laine Bryant since April 18, 2001. They have four children.

Note: Primarily known as a professional basketball player and not a film maker, Bryant won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball in the 90th Academy Awards.

9. Danny DeVito

Actor | Matilda

Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film.

Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker. ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in numerous films and TV shows, DeVito was nominated as a producer for Best Picture for Erin Brockovich in the 73rd Academy Awards.

10. Griffin Dunne

Actor | After Hours

Griffin Dunne was born on June 8, 1955 in New York City, the oldest child of Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer, and Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne, an activist. His sister was actress Dominique Dunne. He grew up mainly in Los Angeles, California and attended school in Colorado before ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films and TV shows, Dunne was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Duke Of Groove in the 68th Academy Awards.

11. Sean Astin

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Sean Patrick Astin (né Duke; February 25, 1971) is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, producer, family man, author, marathon runner, political activist and philanthropist who is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), for playing...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in film and TV shows, Astin was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Kangaroo Court in the 67th Academy Awards.

12. Billy Bob Thornton

Actor | Sling Blade

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films and TV series, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sling Blade in the 69th Academy Awards.

Note: He was also nominated for Best Actor the same year and was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for A Simple Plan in the 71st Academy Awards.

13. Julie Delpy

Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc

Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.

She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...

Note: Primarily known for her acting roles in film, she has been nominated twice, alongside her acting partner Ethan Hawke, for Best Adapted Screenplay for Before Sunset and After Midnight in the 77th and 86th Academy Awards, respectively

14. Sacha Baron Cohen

Actor | Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born...

Note: Primarily known his acting roles in films and TV shows, Cohen was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Borat in the 79th Academy Awards.

15. Ben Affleck

Producer | Argo

American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...

Note: Primarily known for his acting and directing credits in film, Affleck has won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting in the 70th Academy Awards and a producer-Oscar for Best Picture for Argo in the 85th Academy Awards.

16. Matt Damon

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor. His father was of English and ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films, he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting in the 70th Academy Awards and has been nominated for Best Actor-Oscar multiple times since.

17. Owen Wilson

Actor | The Royal Tenenbaums

Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Cunningham Wilson was born in Dallas, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. He grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura (Cunningham), a photographer; his father, Robert Andrew Wilson, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson (the eldest) and ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films, Wilson was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tannenbaums in the 74th Academy Awards.

18. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

Note: Primarily known for acting, Gerwig was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in the 90th Academy Awards.

19. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | Synecdoche, New York

Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon ...

Note: In addition for being nominated for Best Original Screenplay multiple times and winning once, he was nominated for Best Animated Feature for Anomalisa in the 88th Academy Awards.

20. Brad Pitt

Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith

An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999). However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011), and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (...

Note: Despite having been nominated multiple times for acting Oscars, Pitt won a producer-Oscar for Best Picture for 12 Years A Slave in the 86th Academy Awards, for which he's been nominated also multiple times afterwards and before.

21. Jim Rash

Actor | The Way Way Back

Jim Rash was born on July 15, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Way Way Back (2013), The Descendants (2011) and Community (2009).

Note: Mostly known for appearing in numerous TV shows, Rash won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants in the 84th Academy Awards.

22. Pharrell Williams

Soundtrack | Despicable Me 2

Pharrell Williams was born on April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. He has been married to Helen Lasichanh since October 12, 2013. They have four children.

Note: Primarily known for being a singer-songwriter, for which he's been nominated once for Happy for Despicable Me 2 in the 87th Academy Awards, he was also nominated for a producer-Oscar for Hidden Figures in the 89th Academy Awards.

23. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

Note: World famed German director known primarily for his narrative works has been nominated three times for Best Documentary feature, and never anything else, for Buena Vista Social Club, Pina and The Salt of The Earth in the 72nd, 84th and 87th Academy Awards, respectively.

24. Werner Herzog

Director | Fitzcarraldo

Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...

Note: Known primarily for directing and appearing in narrative films, he was nominated Best Documentary Feature for Encounters at the End of the World in the 81st Academy Awards.

25. Banksy

Director | Exit Through the Gift Shop

Banksy is known for his work on Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) and History of the Wall (2017).

Note: Gone notorious for his graffiti art on the streets of England and not having his name known to the public, he was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for Exit Through The Gift Shop in the 83rd Academy Awards.

26. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

Note: Despite been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay on multiple occasions, his only Academy Award came for Best Visual Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey in the 41st Academy Awards.

27. Dexter Gordon

Soundtrack | 'Round Midnight

Dexter Gordon was considered one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever, During his heyday, namely `45-`80, he played tenor sax with many of the all-time jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and many others. In the 60s, he left his vices behind and created some ...

Note: Primarily known for being a jazz saxophonist, Gordon got his only Oscar-nomination for Best Actor for After Midnight in the 59th Academy Awards, while Bernie Hancock won Best Original Score in the same year.

28. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born on April 15, 1959 in Paddington, London, into a family of actors - father Eric Thompson and mother Phyllida Law, who has co-starred with Thompson in several films. Her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well. Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born. ...

Note: Primarily known for her acting roles in film, including winning the Oscar for Best Actress for Howards End in the 65th Academy Awards, she also won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility in the 68th Academy Awards.

29. Kumail Nanjiani

Actor | The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani was born on February 21, 1978 in Karachi, Pakistan. He is an actor and writer, known for The Big Sick (2017), Life as We Know It (2010) and Men in Black: International (2019). He has been married to Emily V. Gordon since July 14, 2007.

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in TV shows and films, Nanjiani was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick in the 90th Academy Awards.

30. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in TV shows and films, Coogan was nominated as a producer for Best Picture and as a writer for Philomena in the 86th Academy Awards.

(PS: Coogan had written multiple shows for TV before)

31. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...

Note: In addition for being known for his acting roles in films, for which Sellers had been nominated in multiple occasions, he received a nomination for Best Live Action Short Film for The Running, Jumping and Standing-Still Film in the 32nd Academy Awards.

32. Ray McKinnon

Writer | Rectify

Ray McKinnon is a writer, actor, director and producer. He served from 2012 through 2016 as creator, showrunner, writer and director of the Peabody Award winning, Sundance TV series, "Rectify."

As an actor, McKinnon has created a canon of unforgettable, offbeat and richly textured characters. In a ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in TV shows and films, McKinnon won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for The Accountant in the 74th Academy Awards.

33. JoBeth Williams

Actress | Poltergeist

The product of a musical family, Margaret JoBeth Williams was born in Houston, Texas, to Frances Faye (Adams), a dietitian, and Fredric Roger Williams, a wire/cable company manager and opera singer. Her father encouraged her early interest in theater during high school. She made her professional ...

Note: Primarily known for her acting roles in TV shows and films, Williams was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for On Hope in the 67th Academy Awards.

34. John Astin

Actor | The Frighteners

Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family (1964), John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in TV shows and films, Astin was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Prelude in the 41st Academy Awards.

35. Peter Riegert

Actor | The Mask

Peter Riegert was born on April 11, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Mask (1994), National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Oscar (1991).

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in TV shows and films, Riegert was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for By Courier in the 73rd Academy Awards.

36. William Zabka

Actor | The Karate Kid

William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as William Michael Zabka. He is an actor and producer, known for The Karate Kid (1984), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Back to School (1986). He has been married to Stacie Lynn Doss since 2008.

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films and TV shows, Zabka was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Most in the 76th Academy Awards.

37. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

Note: Primarily known for his acting roles in films and TV shows, Cleese was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for A Fish Called Wanda in the 61st Academy Awards.

PS: Cleese has written on multiple occasions for TV shows and some films, as well.

38. Peter Ustinov

Actor | Spartacus

Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions.

He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, ...

Note: In addition to winning Best Supporting Actor twice, Ustinov was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Hot Millions in the 41st Academy Awards.

39. Tim Burton

Producer | Edward Scissorhands

Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...

Note: Despite being known for directing multiple critically acclaimed live action films, Burton has only been nominated, twice, for Best Animated Feature for Corpse Bride in the 78the Academy Awards and for Frankenweenie in the 85th Academy Awards, respectively.

40. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

Note: Despite being known for directing multiple critically acclaimed live action films, Verbinski has been nominated only for and won Best Animated Feature for Rango in the 84th Academy Awards.

41. Michael McKean

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

Michael McKean was born on October 17, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael John McKean. He is an actor, known for This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Better Call Saul (2015) and Clue (1985). He has been married to Annette O'Toole since March 20, 1999. He was previously married to Susan Russell.

Note: Despite being known for his acting roles in TV shows and films, McKean was nominated for Best Original Song for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" for A Mighty Wind in the 76th Academy Awards.

Side note: McKean is a known song-writer, performing with, for instance, Spinal Tap.

42. Annette O'Toole

Actress | Superman III

Beautiful red-haired film/stage actress, dancer, writer, singer, producer and composer Annette O'Toole was born on April 1, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Dorothy Geraldine (Niland) and William West Toole, Jr. She started with acting at a very young age and during the 60s, she began a career in theater...

Note: Despite being known for her acting roles in TV shows and films, O'Toole was nominated for Best Original Song for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" for A Mighty Wind in the 76th Academy Awards, alongside her husband Michael McKean.

43. Kristen Wiig

Actress | Bridesmaids

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...

Note: Despite being known for her acting roles in films and TV shows, Wiig was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Bridesmaids in the 84th Academy Awards.

44. James Mangold

Producer | Logan

James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017).

Mangold also wrote and directed Cop...

Note: Despite being known for directing multiple critically acclaimed films, his so-far only Oscar-nomination came for Best Adapted Screenplay for Logan in the 90th Academy Awards.

45. Joseph Bologna

Actor | Big Daddy

Before signing with director Stanley Donen to play Michael Caine's libidinous best friend in Blame It on Rio (1984), Joe Bologna netted rave reviews for his Sid Caesar send-up in the well-received comedy My Favorite Year (1982) with Peter O'Toole. Well known as both a writer and an actor, Bologna ...

Note: Despite being known for his acting roles in TV shows and movies, Bologna was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Loves and Other Strangers in the 43rd Academy Awards.

46. Renée Taylor

Actress | The Nanny

Renée Taylor was born in the Bronx, New York to Frieda (née Silverstein) and Charles Wexler. She worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. She earned notice for her portrayal of Eva Braun in Mel Brooks's The...

Note: Despite being known for her acting roles in TV shows and movies, Taylor was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Loves and Other Strangers in the 43rd Academy Awards.

47. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break ...

Note: Despite being known for his acting roles in movies and TV shows, Wilder was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Young Frankenstein in the 47th Academy Awards.

(PS: Wilder was also previously nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Producers in the 41st Academy Awards.)

48. Paul Hogan

Actor | Crocodile Dundee

Paul Hogan became a worldwide success with his irresistible comic performance in Crocodile Dundee (1986), which he created and co-wrote. This earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor as well as an Academy Award nomination (for Best Screenplay). The versatile actor got his start in Australian ...

Note: Despite being known for his acting roles in movies, Hogan was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Crocodile Dundee in the 59th Academy Awards.

49. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Note: In addition to winning Best Director twice in the 86th Academy Awards and again in the 91st Academy Awards, he also won for Best Cinematography for Roma in the 91st Academy Awards.

50. Bradley Cooper

Actor | A Star Is Born

Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the ...

Note: In addition for being nominated for Best Actor three times and Best Supporting Actor once, he has been nominated for Best Picture twice and for Best Adapted Screenplay once for A Star Is Born in the 91st Academy Awards.

51. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

Note: In addition for being nominated for Best Original Screenplay three times and once for Best Director and Best Picture in the 87th Academy Awards, he has also been nominated twice for Best Animated Feature.

52. Oprah Winfrey

Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid. She was raised as the daughter of Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman. However, according to Kitty Kelley, author of Oprah: A Biography, "The birth certificate for Oprah Gail ...

Note: In addition for being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Color Purple in the 58th Academy Awards, she was nominated as a producer for Best Picture for Selma in the 87th Academy Awards.

53. Ben Burtt

Sound_department | WALL·E

Ben Burtt was born in New York, USA. Though he is a writer, an editor and a director, he is best known for his work as a sound designer. Ben has worked on many Pixar and Star Trek movies and all of the Star Wars movies. He is credited for creating Chewbacca's voice and sounds as well as the voice ...

Note: In addition for winning for Best Sound Editing four times and being nominated another three times + two nominations for Best Sound, he has also been nominated for Best Short Subject Documentary once for Special Effects: Anything Can Happen in the 69th Academy Awards.

54. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

Note: Despite being known for directing multiple critically acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated films, her so far only nomination has come for Best Documentary Feature for 13th in the 89th Academy Awards.

55. Blake Edwards

Writer | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with ...

Note: Despite directing many critically acclaimed films during his lifetime, his only nomination came for Best Adapted Screenplay for Victor/Victoria in the 55th Academy Awards.

56. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

Note: Despite being known for directing and writing multiple critically acclaimed live-action films, his so far only nomination has come for Best Original Screenplay for Toy Story in the 68th Academy Awards.

57. Chris Columbus

Producer | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Chris Columbus was first inspired to make movies after seeing "The Godfather" at age 15. After enrolling at NYU film school, he sold his first screenplay (never produced) while a sophomore there. After graduation Columbus tried to sell his fourth script, "...

Note: Despite being known for directing and writing many critically acclaimed films, his so far only nomination has come for as a producer for Best Picture for The Help in the 84th Academy Awards.

58. Larry Hankin

Actor | El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Larry Hankin was born on August 31, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019), Barry (2018) and Breaking Bad (2008).

Note: Despite being known for his acting roles in films and TV, Hankin was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Solly's Diner in the 52nd Academy Awards.

59. Christine Lahti

Actress | Chicago Hope

Christine Lahti was born April 4, 1950 in Birmingham, Michigan, to Elizabeth Margaret (Tabar), a painter and nurse, and Paul Theodore Lahti, a surgeon. She is of half Finnish and half Austro-Hungarian descent. She studied fine arts at Florida State University and received a bachelors degree in ...

Note: In addition for being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Swing Swift in the 57th Academy Awards, Lahti won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for Lieberman In Love in the 68th Academy Awards.

60. Jonathan Penner

Actor | Let the Devil Wear Black

Jonathan Penner was born on March 5, 1962 in New York, USA as Jonathan Lindsay Penner. He is an actor and producer, known for Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), Down Periscope (1996) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). He is married to Stacy Title. They have two children.

Note: Despite being known for his acting roles in films and TV, Penner was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film for Down On The Waterfront in the 66th Academy Awards.

61. David Frankel

Director | The Devil Wears Prada

David Frankel was born on April 2, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), One Chance (2013) and Band of Brothers (2001).

Note: Despite being known for directing films and for TV, Frankel won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for Dear Diary in the 69th Academy Awards.

62. Chris Tashima

Actor | Go for Broke

In 1998, Chris Tashima received an Academy Award® for Live Action Short Film, for Visas and Virtue (1997) -- a 26-minute historical drama inspired by Holocaust rescuer Chiune 'Sempo' Sugihara -- which he directed, co-wrote (adapting an original one-act play by Tim Toyama), and starred as the ...

Note: Despite being known for his acting roles in films and TV, Tashima won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for Visas and Virtue in the 70th Academy Awards.



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