The Best Picture Oscar goes to producers, and fans can find out who some of the best producers are by checking out Oscar history. Some of these producers are also directors and/or screenwriters, a couple have even turned their skills towards acting, while others are simply producers. One or two of the acclaimed names on this list have even had numerous nominations spread over several decades.
Tiebreakers are the number of career wins, followed by who reached that number of wins first, then the same rules for nominations. Producer partners are not matched, but are treated as individuals.
Frank Marshall – 5
Frank Marshall was nominated for Best Picture for The Raiders of the Lost Ark (nineteen eighty one), The purple color (1985), The sixth sense (1999), sea cookie (2003), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He frequently worked with Steven Spielberg as well as his wife and producing partner, Kathleen Kennedy.
Marshall has also directed five films, including congo and eight below. Marshall has had small roles in movies, including a pilot in one of the coolest action scenes in The Raiders of the Lost Ark. He and Kathleen Kennedy received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the Oscars in 2018.
Francis Ford Coppola – 5
Francis Ford Coppola’s producer nominations have been for american graffiti (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The connection (1974), Revelation now (1979), and The Godfather: Part III (1990). He won the award for The Godfather: Part IIwith the perfect cast of Al Pacino.
Coppola was also nominated four times for direction and five times for screenplay. He won Best Director for The Godfather: Part IIand he won for his screenplays for Patton and the first two Godfather movies. From 2022, Coppola seeks to realize his dream project, Megalopolis, even using his own money to finance the film, according to IndieWire.
Jeremy Kleiner – 5
Jeremy Kleiner has been nominated for Best Picture five times, including 12 years of slavery (2013), Selma (2014), The big court (2015), Moonlight (2016), and Vice (2018). He won the award for 12 years of slavery and Moonlightbecoming the youngest person to win Best Picture twice.
As co-president of Plan B Entertainment, he produces each film with his co-president and producing partner, Dede Gardner. Although it didn’t receive the nomination for it, it also produced the Best Picture nominee. minari.
Clint Eastwood – 5
Clint Eastwood was nominated for Best Picture for the movies unforgiven (1992), the mystical river (2003), Million dollar baby (2004), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), and American sniper (2014). He won for unforgiven and Million dollar baby.
Eastwood was also nominated twice for Best Actor and four times for Best Director. He also won Best Director for unforgiven and Million dollar baby. Eastwood is one of the most Oscar-nominated directors of the 21st century.
Eric Fellner – 6
The films nominated for Best Picture by Eric Fellner are Elizabeth (1998), Atonement (2007), Frost/Nixon (2008), Wretched (2012), The theory of everything (2014), and darkest hour (2017). He frequently produces with his producing partner, Tim Bevan.
Fellner hasn’t won an Oscar, but he’s just one of six producers to have had six or more Best Picture nominations in his career. He and Bevan are co-presidents of Working Title Films.
Stanley Kramer – 6
Stanley Kramer was a filmmaker for most of the 1950s and 1960s. He was nominated for the Oscar’s top prize for high noon (1952), Cain’s mutiny (1954), The defiant (1958), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), ship of fools (1965), and Guess who’s coming to dinner (1967).
Kramer did not win a competitive Oscar, but he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1961. He was also nominated for three Best Director awards.
Dede Gardner – 6
Dede Gardner was nominated for films The tree of life (2011), 12 years of slavery (2013), Selma (2014), The big court (2015), Moonlight (2016), and Vice (2018). She won for 12 years of slavery and Moonlight.
Gardner’s second win made her the first producer to win Best Picture twice. She is co-president of Plan B Entertainment and frequently makes movies with her producing partner, Jeremy Kleiner. She was the sole chairwoman for a while, but she and Plan B founder Brad Pitt together decided to add Kleiner to the top job with her.
Kathleen Kennedy – 8
Kathleen Kennedy was nominated for the production of AND the extra-terrestrial (1982), The purple color (1985), The sixth sense (1999), sea cookie (2003), Munich (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Battle horse (2011), and lincoln (2012). She produces frequently with her husband, Frank Marshall, and has produced 12 films directed by Steven Spielberg.
Kennedy ranks third all-time with eight Best Picture nominations. Although she did not win the award, she received the 2018 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Kennedy has been the president of Lucasfilm since 2012, producing star wars movies and shows, and upcoming willow follow-up series and Indiana Jones 5.
Scott Rudin – 9
Scott Rudin’s producer nominations were for Hours (2002), There is no country for old people (2007), The social network (2010), The real courage (2010), extremely loud and incredibly close (2011), Captain Phillips (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Fences (2016), and lady bird (2017). He won for There is no country for old people. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature for isle of dogsone of Wes Anderson’s top five films according to Letterboxd.
In 2021, allegations were made regarding the intimidation and physical abuse of Rudin employees (per The Hollywood Reporter). As of 2022, Rudin has resigned or been removed from all movies, TV shows and plays he produced.
Steven Spielberg – 11
Steven Spielberg holds the record for producing nominations. He was nominated for AND the extra-terrestrial (1982), The purple color (1985), Schindler’s list (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Munich (2005), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Battle horse (2011), lincoln (2012), bridge of spies (2015), The post office (2017), and West Side Story (2021). He won for Schindler’s list and Saving Private Ryan.
Spielberg has also been nominated for Best Director eight times, winning for Schindler’s list. It has been nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for the same film six times. Although he won both for Schindler’s list, Saving Private Ryan losing Best Picture has often been considered one of the biggest rebuffs for an Oscar win in Oscar history.
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