Few would say that Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest film directors of all time – he is certainly one of the most successful commercially. He has directed and produced some of the best-known films of the past 50 years – blockbusters such as Jaws, The Raiders of the Lost Ark, HEYfour of IndianaJones series, The purple color, To win over, jurassic park and Schindler’s list among others.
He writes, produces and directs his first feature film, Fireplacea crudely realized science fiction tale, with a budget of just $500 in 1964. A breakthrough wouldn’t come for four years – Universal offered him to work as a television director on a new series The eyes. Artistically and aesthetically, it didn’t set the world on fire, but at least it gave Spielberg, then in his early twenties, the chance to keep learning your trade and make all the mistakes he had to make from the start.
Today, in 1975, Steven Spielberg’s JAWS came out. Going to the beach and swimming in the ocean would never be the same after the release of Spielberg’s second film, a film that practically invented Hollywood. #blockbuster. pic.twitter.com/OpYx0dgjZj
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) June 21, 2019
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water…
Spielberg has gained international recognition with Jawsa thriller surrounding a great white shark who terrorizes bathers, swimmers and fishermen on Amity Island and their attempts to hunt him down. It was a box office hit in the summer of 1975, recouping production costs in just over a week. He won three Oscars – Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Scoreand best sound and was also nominated for the Best Picture corn Spielberg was not among the five nominees for Best Director.
Spielberg made his first appearance among the candidates for the Best Director Award two years later for his sci-fi thriller Dating of the Third Kind which became a box office success in the United States and abroad, grossing $340,800,479. But he missed like Woody Allen won the award for Annie Hallwith Close Encounters only winning one accolade – Vilmos Zsigmond collecting the Best Cinematography price.
First Oscars, 1993
In the early 80s, he was back among the Best Director Nominees for The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and HEY (1982). Again he failed and will have to wait another decade for his first statuette. Spielberg was finally recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 1993 for Schindler’s list – a three-hour epic based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, who is credited with rescuing over 1,000 German Jews during World War II. The film, which has since grossed $322,197,132 worldwide, also won the Best Picture Oscar.
Five years later, Spielberg won his third Oscar – his second in the Best Director category for Saving Private Ryan – another war film, centered this time on Normandy landing. Over the next few years, he was nominated for Best Director twice: Munich (2006) and lincoln (2013) and six times for best film: Munich (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima(2007), Battle horse (2012), bridge of spies (2016) and The post office (2018).
With a total of eight nominations for the Best Director Oscar during his career, few filmmakers come close to Steven Spielberg – only William Wylerwith 12 and Martin Scorsese with nine have had more. The 75-year-old has the chance to win another Academy Award, his fourth or maybe even a fifth, at Monday’s ceremony as his adaptation of West Side Story was nominated for the Best Director and Best Picture rewards.