Also absent: Cecil B. DeMille of The Ten Commandments, not just the helmer of the year's biggest moneymaker, but the only director of a Best Picture nominee left off the Best Director nominations. I guess he was seen more as a producer than a director: the one time he was nominated in the second category, was the year Ford won his fourth. Still, DeMille won Best Picture for The Greatest Show on Earth that same year, stunning many and subsequently going down in history as one of the worst Best Picture winners of all time. I've not seen it, I can't say, but I guess, like Ford going four-for-five, they figured he was honored enough. The Ten Commandments wound up being his final film.
In DeMille's stead was King Vidor, a fellow veteran of Early Hollywood, who received his first Oscar nomination at the first Academy Awards, for directing The Crowd. He had not been nominated since 1938's The Citadel, and wouldn't win until 1979 - an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.
Still, he did get to be part of this lineup:
Around the world in Eighty Days
first and only nomination; DGA Award nominee, Golden Globe nominee
The King and I
first and only nomination; DGA Award nominee
second of two wins, fourth of five nominations in this category; DGA Awards winner; Golden Globes nominee
War and Peace
fifth and final nomination; DGA Awards nominee, Golden Globes nomineeGiven the unenviable task of adapting and abridging a doorstop of a novel, Vidor balances the intimate personal drama with the epic war flick without short shrifting either. His Napoleon scenes? Effective. The long march of the French through Russian winter? Jaw-dropping. The love story between Fonda and Hepburn? I liked it!
past two-time winner, tenth of twelve nominations in this category; Cannes Film Festival winner - Palme d'Or; DGA Awards nominee
Barely a contest! I co-sign Oscar and give my vote to:
Tomorrow, the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay: Around the world in Eighty Days, Baby Doll, Friendly Persuasion, Giant and Lust for Life.