The 23 Directors Who Have Been Nominated for Both a Best Director Oscar and a Golden Raspberry for Worst Director
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The 23 Directors Who Have Been Nominated for Both a Best Director Oscar and a Golden Raspberry for Worst Director

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | June 3, 2013 | Comments ()


The fun news at the box office over the weekend is that the number one film was not After Earth, which combined the once unstoppable Will Smith with the once Unbreakable M. Night Shyamalan, and landed in a meager third place with $27 million. That's even worse when you consider that the budget was $130 million. In fact, After Earth unexpectedly finished even lower than Now You See Me, which beat expectations with a $28 million opening. Neither film, however, could take down last weekend's number one film, Fast and Furious 6, which added another $37 million to bring its domestic total to $170 million after 10 days (and $480 million internationally). Star Trek Into Darkness is fading, landing at number four (with a $181 million haul so far) and in fifth place, Epic's 51 percent drop was promising for an animated film with no other competition in the marketplace.

Speaking of Shyamalan -- who hasn't really had a hit since 2002's Signs -- isn't the first director, obviously, to be heralded as greatness only to deliver a disappointment, although he is likely the biggest offender, being the only Oscar nominated director, ever, to win two Golden Raspberry Awards (in fact, he's the only director to win two Raspberry Awards). But then again, the fact that M. Night has been nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Raspberry actually puts him in some pretty decent company, although there have been some very questionable choices for worst director on the Golden Raspberries part over the years.

Here are the 23 directors who have been nominated for both and Oscar and a Golden Raspberry in the Directing category.

1. M. Night Shyamalan

Best Director: The Sixth Sense.

Worst Director: Lady in the Water (win), The Happening and The Last Airbender (win).

2. Stanley Kubrick

Best Director: Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dr. Strangelove.

Worst Director: Full Metal Jacket (What?)

3. William Friedkin

Best Director: Exorcist and The French Connection (won)

Worst Director: Cruising

4. John Huston

Best Director: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (won), Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, Prizzi's Honor

Worst Director: Annie

5. Richard Brooks

Best Director: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Professionals, In Cold Blood.

Worst Director: Fever Pitch (1985)

6. Hugh Hudson

Best Director: Chariots of Fire

Worst Director: Revolution

7. Michael Cimino

Best Director: Deer Hunter

Worst Director: Year of the Dragon

8. John G. Avildsen

Best Director: Rocky (won)

Worst Director: Karate Kid III, Rocky V

9. Barry Levinson

Best Director: Bugsy, Rain Man (won),

Worst Director: Toys

10. Adrian Lyne

Best Director: Fatal Attraction

Worst Director: Indecent Proposal

11. Rob Reiner

Best Director: A Few Good Men

Worst Picture: North

12. Richard Rush

Best Director: Stunt Man

Worst Director: Color of Night

13. Roland Joffé

Best Director: The Killing Fields, The Mission

Worst Director: The Scarlet Letter, Captivity

14. Kevin Costner

Best Director: Dances with Wolves (won)

Worst Director: Waterworld, The Postman

15. Stephen Frears

Best Director: The Queen, The Grifters

Worst Director: Mary Reilly

16. Oliver Stone

Best Director: JFK, Born on the Fourth of July (won), Platoon (won)

Worst Director: U Turn, Alexander

17. Gus Van Sant

Best Director: Milk, Good Will Hunting

Worst Director: Psycho

18. George Lucas

Best Director: Star Wars, American Graffiti

Worst Director: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

19. John Schlesinger

Best Director: Sunday Bloody Sunday, Midnight Cowboy (won), Darling

Worst Director: The Next Best Thing

20. Warren Beaty

Best Director: Reds, Heaven Can Wait

Worst Director: Town & Country

21. Roberto Benigni

Best Director: Life in Beautiful

Worst Director: Pinocchio

22. Martin Brest

Best Director: Scent of a Woman

Worst Director: Gigli

23. Ron Howard

Best Director: Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind

Worst Director: The Da Vinci Code

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