Steven Spielberg is already considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, standing alongside the likes of Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, but with the 2022 Oscar nominations, Spielberg has found himself in an elite league all of his own. West Side Story’s nominations mean that Spielberg has now become the first director to have been acknowledged by the Academy in six different decades since his first Best Director nod for Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977. Although Jaws was nominated for Best Picture at the 1976 ceremony, he was denied a Best Director nomination for the classic shark thriller.
Before the latest nominations, Spielberg and Martin Scorsese had both been nominated across five decades. So far in his career, Spielberg has been nominated for 19 Oscars, including 8 for Best Director and 11 producing nominations for Best Picture. Along with this year’s West Side Story nod, Spielberg’s previous nominations were Lincoln in the 2010s, Munich in the 2000s, both Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List in the 1990s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in the 1980s, and the aforementioned Close Encounters. That doesn’t mean that Scorsese cannot match the feat at next year’s ceremony, as the upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon is already being heavily tipped as a contender for 2023.
When it comes to overall numbers, the pair of legendary directors are locked in a bit of a battle, with Spielberg’s latest bringing him to within one of Scorsese’s total of 9 Best Director nominations. However, he will be very much concentrating on this year’s outcome at the moment, as if he manages to take home the Best Director Oscar for West Side Story, it will be his third win in the category, putting just one behind the Oscar record of four wins, which is currently held by John Ford.
Steven Spielberg Is Now One Of The Most Decorated Filmmakers In History
Although his achievements as a director are more than enough to secure Steven Spielberg in the history of cinema, having been behind the camera on some of the biggest movies such as Jurassic Park, Minority Report, War Horse, multiple Indiana Jones movies and the upcoming The Fabelmans, a semi-autobiographical drama based on his childhood, as producer on West Side Story he also claims his 11th Best Picture nomination, breaking his own record of 10 which he claimed in 2018 when producing The Post.
There are few people living today who have seen a movie that hasn’t had some involvement by Spielberg, as the scope of his work has crossed generations in a way that no other filmmaker has ever achieved. With November’s release of The Fabelmans, Spielberg will be looking to add to his Oscar tally around this time next year, and there is probably no one who would be willing to bet against his name featuring on that nomination list once again. This year, Spielberg has some tough competition from Paul Thomas Anderson, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Kenneth Branagh, and Jane Campion to take the Best Director Oscar, but if there is one movie that is going to swing it his way, then West Side Story is undoubtedly the one that has a fighting chance of coming good for him.