Steven Spielberg ties Martin Scorsese with nine Oscar nominations


Filmmaker Steven Spielberg made Oscar history. Upon being nominated for Best Director at the 2023 Academy Awards for his autobiographical film “The Fabelmans,” Spielberg became the third filmmaker to be nominated on nine separate occasions.

The director’s other nominations were for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1978), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “ET the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Schindler’s List” (1993), “The Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “Munich” (2005), “Lincoln” (2012) and “West Side Story” (2021). He won only twice, for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan”.

With that, Spielberg (who is also the only filmmaker to compete for awards in six different decades) equals his colleague Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), who also has nine nominations for Best Director. Still, both are behind William Wyler (“Ben Hur”), who ran for an incredible 12 statuettes and won three.

“Os Fabelmans” is a dramatization of the director’s childhood and adolescence memories, which was inspired by his own life to tell a story of love for family and cinema itself.

In addition to nominations for Best Director, the work is also up for Best Picture, Best Actress (for Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (for Judd Hirsch), Best Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Soundtrack.


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