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Oscars for Best Director 1990-2023

Can you name Academy Award winners for Best Director since 1990?
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1. 1990
Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves)
Stephen Frears (The Grifters)
Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part III)
Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune)
2. 1991
Ridley Scott (Thelma & Louise)
Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs)
John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood)
Barry Levinson (Bugsy)
3. 1992
James Ivory (Howards End)
Martin Brest (Scent of a Woman)
Robert Altman (The Player)
Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)
4. 1993
Robert Altman (Short Cuts)
James Ivory (The Remains of the Day)
Jane Campion (The Piano)
Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List)
5. 1994
Woody Allen (Bullets over Broadway)
Robert Redford (Quiz Show)
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Three Colours: Red)
Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump)
6. 1995
Michael Radford (Il Postino: The Postman)
Chris Noonan (Babe)
Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas)
Mel Gibson (Braveheart)
7. 1996
Scott Hicks (Shine)
Joel Coen (Fargo)
Miloš Forman (The People vs. Larry Flynt)
Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)
8. 1997
Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty)
Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter)
Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential)
James Cameron (Titanic)
9. 1998
Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan)
John Madden (Shakespeare in Love)
Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)
Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)
10. 1999
Michael Mann (The Insider)
Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich)
Sam Mendes (American Beauty)
Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules)
11. 2000
Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)
Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot)
Ridley Scott (Gladiator)
Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
12. 2001
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
Robert Altman (Gosford Park)
Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)
David Lynch (Mulholland Drive)
13. 2002
Stephen Daldry (The Hours)
Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her)
Rob Marshall (Chicago)
Roman Polanski (The Pianist)
14. 2003
Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
Clint Eastwood (Mystic River)
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Fernando Meirelles (City of God)
15. 2004
Taylor Hackford (Ray)
Mike Leigh (Vera Drake)
Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)
Alexander Payne (Sideways)
16. 2005
George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck)
Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
Paul Haggis (Crash)
Bennett Miller (Capote)
17. 2006
Paul Greengrass (United 93)
Clint Eastwood (Letters from Iwo Jima)
Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
Stephen Frears (The Queen)
18. 2007
Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men)
Jason Reitman (Juno)
Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton)
Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
19. 2008
Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon)
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Stephen Daldry (The Reader)
20. 2009
James Cameron (Avatar)
Lee Daniels (Precious)
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
21. 2010
Coen Brothers (True Grit)
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
22. 2011
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
23. 2012
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Michael Haneke (Amour)
24. 2013
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
25. 2014
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
26. 2015
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Adam McKay (The Big Short)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Lenny Abrahamson (Room)
27. 2016
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
28. 2017
Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
29. 2018
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
30. 2019
Sam Mendes (1917)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
31. 2020
Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)
Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)
Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
David Fincher (Mank)
32. 2021
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog)
Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)
Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)
33. 2022
Ruben Ostlund (Triangle of Sadness)
Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans)
Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin)
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
34. 2023
Jonathan Glazer (The Zone of Interest)
Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer)
Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon)
Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things)
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