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Age of the directors who have won the Best Picture award

- The average age for the Oscar winners is 47 (considering the day of the ceremony and the birthdate of the director).
- There is only one woman on the list: Katheryn Bigelow won the Oscar ('The Hurt Locker') at 58 years old.
- Youngest Winner: William A. Wellman in 1927 (1st Edition). He was 32 years old.
- Oldest Winner: Clint Eastwood. He was 74 years old when he won with 'Million Dollar Baby'.

A tick means that a Best Picture Oscar Winner director also won the Best Director award.
Age of the directors who have won the Best Picture award
Year Film Director Age:
2019 Green Book Peter Farrelly 62
2018 The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro 53
2017 Moonlight Barry Jenkins 37
2016 Spotlight Thomas McCarthy 49
2015 Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu 51
2014 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen 44
2013 Argo Ben Affleck 40
2012 The Artist Michel Hazanavicius 44
2011 The King's Speech Tom Hooper 38
2010 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow 58
2009 Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle 52
2008 No Country for Old Men Ethan Coen 50
2008 No Country for Old Men Joel Coen 53
2007 The Departed Martin Scorsese 64
2006 Crash Paul Haggis 52
2005 Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood 74
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson 42
2003 Chicago Rob Marshall 42
2002 A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard 48
2001 Gladiator Ridley Scott 63
2000 American Beauty Sam Mendes 34
1999 Shakespeare in Love John Madden 49
1998 Titanic James Cameron 43
1997 The English Patient Anthony Minghella 43
1996 Braveheart Mel Gibson 40
1995 Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis 42
1994 Schindler's List Steven Spielberg 47
1993 Unforgiven Clint Eastwood 62
1992 The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme 48
1991 Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner 36
1990 Driving Miss Daisy Bruce Beresford 49
1989 Rain Man Barry Levinson 46
1988 The Last Emperor Bernardo Bertolucci 47
1987 Platoon Oliver Stone 40
1986 Out of Africa Sydney Pollack 51
1985 Amadeus Milos Forman 53
1984 Terms of Endearment James L. Brooks 43
1983 Gandhi Richard Attenborough 59
1982 Chariots of Fire Hugh Hudson 45
1981 Ordinary People Robert Redford 44
1980 Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton 47
1979 The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino 40
1978 Annie Hall Woody Allen 42
1977 Rocky John G. Avildsen 41
1976 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Milos Forman 44
1975 The Godfather: Part II Francis Ford Coppola 36
1974 The Sting George Roy Hill 52
1973 The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola 33
1972 The French Connection William Friedkin 36
1971 Patton Franklin J. Schaffner 50
1970 Midnight Cowboy John Schlesinger 44
1969 Oliver! Carol Reed 62
1968 In the Heat of the Night Norman Jewison 41
1967 A Man for All Seasons Fred Zinnemann 59
1966 The Sound of Music Robert Wise 51
1965 My Fair Lady George Cukor 65
1964 Tom Jones Tony Richardson 35
1963 Lawrence of Arabia David Lean 55
1962 West Side Story Robert Wise 47
1962 West Side Story Jerome Robbins 43
1961 The Apartment Billy Wilder 54
1960 Ben-Hur William Wyler 57
1959 Gigi Vincente Minnelli 56
1958 The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean 50
1957 Around the World in 80 Days Michael Anderson 37
1956 Marty Delbert Mann 36
1955 On the Waterfront Elia Kazan 45
1954 From Here to Eternity Fred Zinnemann 46
1953 The Greatest Show on Earth Cecil B. DeMille 71
1952 An American in Paris Vincente Minnelli 49
1951 All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz 42
1950 All the King's Men Robert Rossen 42
1949 Hamlet Laurence Olivier 41
1948 Gentleman's Agreement Elia Kazan 38
1947 The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler 44
1946 The Lost Weekend Billy Wilder 39
1945 Going My Way Leo McCarey 46
1944 Casablanca Michael Curtiz 57
1943 Mrs. Miniver William Wyler 40
1942 How Green Was My Valley John Ford 48
1941 Rebecca Alfred Hitchcock 41
1940 Gone With the Wind Victor Fleming 51
1939 You Can't Take it With You Frank Capra 41
1938 The Life of Emile Zola William Dieterle 44
1937 The Great Ziegfeld Robert Z. Leonard 47
1936 Mutiny on the Bounty Frank Lloyd 50
1935 It Happened One Night Frank Capra 37
1934 Cavalcade Frank Lloyd 48
1932 Grand Hotel Edmund Goulding 41
1931 Cimarron Wesley Ruggles 42
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front Lewis Milestone 35
1929 The Broadway Melody Harry Beaumont 41
1928 Wings William A. Wellman 32
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A tick means that a Best Picture winner also won the Best Director award.

The 1st column: year awarded by the Academy. The 4th column: colors: blue: the oldest one. green: the youngest. Interesting facts:

- There is only one woman on the whole list: Kathryn Bigelow who won the Oscar at 58 years old.
- The youngest: with 32 years old William A. Wellman won in the 1st Academy Awards (1927). Followed by Coppola at 33.
- The oldest: Clint Eastwood was awarded at 74 years old.
- The most productive age is 42 years old (7 directors won Best Picture, and another 2 won Best Director without winning Best Picture). 44 and 41 are the ages with more winners.

Outside the list of winners, but including Best Picture/Best Director Oscar nominees, extremes stand out:
- John Huston was 79 years old when he was nominated for 'Prizzi's Honor'.
- John Singleton was 24 years old when he was nominated for Best Director (not Best Picture though) thanks to 'Boyz N the Hood'.
- The youngest Best Picture and Best Director nominee (without winning) was the great Orson Welles, who was nominated for 'Citizen Kane'.

If we consider the Best Director Oscar winners -who did not win Best Picture-, the average age is slightly reduced: 46 (meaning, the average age of the Best Director winners is 46, for Best Picture winners is 47: obviously, in several years it was the same person). Among these winners, the most relevant data are:
- The master, John Ford, won 3 Best Director awards, apart from the one he won in 1942 ('How Green Was my Valley') to collect a total of 4 statuettes (a record still unbeaten) from 5 nominations. He won them in the years 1936, 1941 and 1953 with 42, 47 and 59 years old, respectively.
- The youngest Best Director award winner is Norman Taurog (1931), at 32 years old, the same age (but several months older) as William A. Wellman (1927).
- Summarizing, among the most awarded with Best Director, John Ford has 4 Oscars, William Wyler and Frank Capra have 3, and 15 filmmakers have 2 statuettes, from which only Eastwood, Spielberg, Oliver Stone and Ang Lee are active.
- Among the most nominated, William Wyler received 12 nominations, and Martin Scorsese and Billy Wilder received 8.
- George Stevens (1952, 1957) and Ang Lee (2006, 2013) have 2 Oscars as Best Director, although they never won Best Picture.
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