Oscars 2022: Steven Spielberg breaks a record thanks to his nomination for West Side Story

He becomes the first filmmaker to have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar for six consecutive decades.

The nominations for the 94th Academy Awards, to be held in Los Angeles on March 27, just felland with them a whole bunch of statistics and fun facts fun. Entertainment Weekly notes as well as Steven Spielberg, nominated for the Oscar for best director for West Side Storybecomes the first director in history to be nominated for this award for six consecutive decades.

Steven Spielberg was indeed nominated for the Oscar for best director in the 1970s (Dating of the Third Kind in 1978), in the 80s (The Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1982, AND the extra-terrestrial in 1983), in the 90s (Schindler’s List In 1994, We have to save the soldier Ryan in 1999), in the 2000s (Munich in 2006) and in the 2010s (lincoln in 2013). The 2020 decade is now added to the list.

Note that the filmmaker won two statuettes for best director in all, for Schindler’s List and We must save Private Ryan, as well as an Oscar for best picture (as a producer, therefore) for Schindler’s List and a Special Oscar (the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award) in 1987. It was also nominated in the Best Picture category for AND, The color purple, We have to save the soldier Ryan, Munich, Letters from Iwo Jima (directed by Clint Eastwood), War Horse, lincoln, The Bridge of Spies and Pentagon Papers.

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With this record of longevity, Steven Spielberg passes in front of his comrade Martin Scorsese, who until then shared with him the title of the person “nominated for the Oscar for best director for five consecutive decades”, Marty having been nominated in the 80’s (raging bull in 1981, The Last Temptation of Christ in 1989), the 90’s (Freedmen in 1991), the 00’s (Gangs of New York in 2003, Airman in 2005, Infiltrators in 2007), the 10’s (Hugo Cabret in 2012, The wolf of Wall Street in 2014) and the 20’s (The Irishman in 2020).

After West Side Story (which was also nominated for best picture, best supporting actress, best cinematography, best sound, best costumes and best art direction), Steven Spielberg already has a new film in the pipeline, The Fabelmansbased on the story of his own family, which is scheduled for release in the United States on November 23, 2022. If he wins the Best Director Oscar this year, he will not break the record held by his idol John Ford (4 Oscars in all, for The Snitch, Grapes of Wrath, How green was my valley and The Quiet Man). But he will still be able to tell a little about it, as in this extract from Austin Powers in Goldmemberwhich already mixed golden statuette, Spielberg and entrechats, twenty years before West Side Storyin a gesture that can be described as totally visionary:

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