John Singleton, “Boyz N the Hood” (1991) • Two years after Spike Lee was passed over for a nomination for “Do the Right Thing,” John Singleton became the first African American to earn a Best Director nomination for his star-studded drama set in South Central L.A. That year, Jonathan Demme won the award for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
Lee Daniels, “Precious” (2009) • Eighteen years passed before a second African American filmmaker was recognized: Lee Daniels, for his gritty portrait of a young woman seeking to overcome a childhood of poverty and abuse. In another Oscar first, Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director to win the Oscar, for “The Hurt Locker.”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” (2013) • British director Steve McQueen gritty drama about American slavery picked up nine nominations, including one for his directing. But the film won Best Picture (and McQueen earned a statuette as a producer, he lost the directing prize to “Gravity” filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron.
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” (2016) • Jenkins’ underdog indie pulled off a major upset, beating front-runner “La La Land” for Best Picture. But Damien Chazelle claimed the directing prize for the modern-day musical. (Jenkins did take home the statuette for Best Adapted Screenplay.)
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” (2017) • Peele became the latest actor-turned-filmmaker to earn a Best Director nod, for his feature filmmaking debut.
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