Every Black Oscar Winning and Nominated Director


Black directors are very much underrated and underutilized in Hollywood. But of course we know they’re creating plenty of amazing work that represents for The Culture. We’ve gone ahead and put together a list of every black Oscar winning and nominated director. Not just for best director but for flexing their directorial skills in every Academy Award category.

Spoiler Alert: The list of nominees is short and the list of winners even shorter (winners are in bold) but the lack of representation is not a correlation to a lack of #blackexcellence.

Best Director

John SingletonBoyz N The Hood (1991)

Lee Daniels – Precious (2009)

Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave (2013)

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight (2016)

Jordan PeeleGet Out (2017)

Spike LeeBlackkklansman (2018)

Best Documentary Feature

Callie Crossley – Bridge To Freedom (1987)

William Miles – Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in Work Ward II (1993)

Spike Lee – 4 Little Girls (1997)

Karolyn Ali – Tupac: Resurrection (2004)

T.J. Martin – Undefeated (2012)

Ava DuVernay13th (2016)

Roger Ross Williams – Life, Animated (2016)

Raoul & Herbert Peck – I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

  • The Pecks became the first Haitians to be nominated in this category

Ezra Edelman – O.J., Made In America (2016)

Yance Ford – Strong Island (2017)

RaMell Ross – Hale Country This Morning, This Evening (2018)

Best Documentary Short Subject

Leelai Demoz – On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps To Freedom (2000)

Roger Ross Williams – Music by Prudence (2009)

Best Short Film (Animated)

Matthew A. Cherry – Hair Love (2019)

Best Short Film (Live Action)

David Massey – Last Breeze of Summer (1991)

Dianne Houston – Tuesday Morning Ride (1995)

Kevin Wilson Jr. – My Nephew Emmitt (2017)

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