Monday, November 12, 2007

Last of the 1950s Oscar®-Winning Directors, Delbert Mann, Dies at Age 87

Delbert Mann (second from left, on the set of Marty) was the last of the 1950s Best Director winners alive. Now, the earliest Best Director winner (chrologically) still alive is Mike Nichols.

Earliest Ten Oscar-Winning Directors Alive (Chronologically by Year of Win)

1. Mike Nichols: The Graduate (1967)
2. William Friedkin: The French Connection (1971)
3. Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather, Part II (1974)
4. Milos Forman: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
5. John G. Avildsen: Rocky (1976)
6. Woody Allen: Annie Hall(1977)
7. Michael Cimino: The Deer Hunter (1978)
8. Robert Benton: Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
9. Robert Redford: Ordinary People (1980)
10. Warren Beatty: Reds (1981)

The age of Best Director winners must be going down, as every single winner from 1975 to the present is currently alive.

Only two Oscar-nominated directors from the 1950s remain: Michael Anderson (b. 1920) [Around the World in 80 Days] and Sidney Lumet (b. 1924) [12 Angry Men].

Here is a list of the 1950s Best Director Winners:

1950: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909-93): All About Eve
1951: George Stevens (1904-75): A Place in the Sun
1952: John Ford (1894-1973): The Quiet Man
1953: Fred Zinnemann (1907-97): From Here To Eternity
1954: Elia Kazan (1909-2003): On the Waterfront
1955: Delbert Mann (1920-2007): Marty
1956: George Stevens (1904-75): Giant
1957: David Lean (1908-91): The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958: Vincente Minnelli (1903-86): Gigi
1959: William Wyler (1902-81): Ben-Hur

1 comment:

Josh said...

I was so sad to hear about his passing. "Marty" is one of my favorite films of the 1950's.

BTW, I really like the way you run your website. Everything is very thorough and informative. I am officially a reader.