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OSCARS QUIZ: Which of these four best-picture champs also had its director nominated?

December 30, 2008 |  7:03 pm

Three times in Academy Awards history a movie won the top prize without its helmer being nominated! Which of the four films pictured below did have its director in the running? That helmer won, but was never nominated again. CLICK HERE to see the answer.


ANSWER: When "Marty" won best picture of 1955, director Delbert Mann (photo below) also prevailed, but he was never acknowledged by academy voters for his other films, including "Separate Tables" (1958), which earned David Niven best actor. He also helmed "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (supporting actress nomination for Shirley Knight, 1960) and "That Touch of Mink" starring Cary Grant and Doris Day (nominations for writing, sound and art direction, 1962).

William A. Wellman was snubbed for directing "Wings" (best picture winner, 1929), but was nominated for helming "A Star Is Born" (the 1937 version starring Frederic March and Janet Gaynor), "Battleground" (1949) and "The High and the Mighty" (1954). "Star" and "Battleground" were nommed for best picture, "High and the Mighty" was not. Wellman won an Oscar for co-writing "Star."

Bruce Beresford was snubbed for "Driving Miss Daisy" (best picture winner, 1989), but was nommed for directing "Tender Mercies" (best picture nominee, 1983) and penning the screenplay to "Breaker Morant" (not nommed for best pic, 1980). He lost both races.

"Grand Hotel" (best picture winner, 1932) helmer Edmund Goulding directed 40 films, including "Dark Victory" starring Bette Davis (best picture nominee, 1939) and wrote the screenplays to more than 60 movies, including best picture winner "Broadway Melody" (1929), but he was never nominated for an Oscar.


Photos: MGM, Paramount, United Artists, Warner Bros., AP