Top 10 modern day directors who can compete with Christopher Nolan in terms of winning Oscar

Renowned filmmaker, Christopher Nolan is known for his genius work. His latest release was the biography of Dr Robert Oppenheimer, which got a lot of appreciation from the world, apart from Japan where the film wasn't released.

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Renowned filmmaker, Christopher Nolan, is known for Interstellar, Oppenheimer, Inception, and many more which have finally become an Oscar winner. His last release was an autobiography on Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, who built an atomic bomb which was pivotal in Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki tragedy. Meanwhile, over the years, a lot of directors have missed out. 

Here are the Top 10 modern-day directors who can compete with Christopher Nolan:

1. Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve

With Dune Part Two receiving praise, Denis Villeneuve can be one of the contenders for the Oscars next year. His first Dune movie won six Oscars, although Villeneuve wasn't nominated for the 'Best Director' category. His sole Best Director nomination was for Arrival, but he lost out to Damien Chazelle for La La Land. Villeneuve's Dune series could mirror Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy at the Oscars.

2. Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott

One of the criminally underrated filmmakers from the 1970s, Scott has never won an Oscar. He started the trend of Sci-fi films such as Alien and Blade Runner. He had to wait till the 1990s for his first nomination for Thelma and Louise. Since then, he has been nominated for Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, but he has yet to win.

3. Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele

Peele is known for his Horror films. This genre doesn't receive much recognition at the Oscars. However, the movie 'Get Out' got four nominations.  Peele won Best Original Screenplay but lost Best Director to Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. Peele is relatively young in his career and might manage to at least win one Oscar.  

4. Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

It is hard to digest that a filmmaker of his stature has not yet won an Oscar for Best Director. Even though he has two Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, of Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, he has yet to win the same for Best Direction. If he sticks to his word about The Movie Critic to be his final film, he has only one chance to win the ultimate prize.

5. Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola

Her most critically acclaimed work till now is 'Lost in Translation', a melancholic romance starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. She was nominated for Best Director, but lost to Peter Jacksons' for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'. Coppola's movies have always split opinions, but she is not afraid to make bold choices in her direction.

6. Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson

After a long wait, Anderson finally won an Oscar in 2024 for 'The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar'. This was his first win after eight nominations. His movies have scored nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Animated Picture. 2023's 'Asteroid City' was unlikely to win in any of the major categories, but it was a surprise that he was unable to secure an Oscar award.

7. Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson

One of the most surprising picks in this list is Paul Thomas Anderson. He has earned numerous awards, but Oscars have so far eluded him. Despite 11 nominations, he never managed to win the Silverware.  His Best Director nominations were for There Will Be Blood, Phantom Threadand Licorice Pizza

8. David Fincher

David Fincher

The crime genre doesn't always win the award and it is similar to his films such as Fight Club, Zodiac, Gone Girl, and SevenFincher's movies, music videos and TV shows have won him plenty of other awards. Fincher's immersive style had served him well in his crime thrillers, but it also did wonders for his character studies, such as Mank and The Social Network.

9. Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig

It was a shocker for the fans when she didn't win the award for Barbie which is very surprising. Gerwig was already one of the most exciting filmmakers before Barbie, but the movie's wild success gives her even more of a platform. She could yet join the exclusive club of female directors to win Best Director.

10. Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Spike Lee is one of the most influential Black directors in the history of American cinema, and his work has been outstanding in a variety of genres. Lee could have become the first director of colour to be nominated for Best Director for 'Do the Right Thing'but he was surprisingly snubbed.