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Music Videos By Oscar Winning Directors

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kappadonna, March 15, 2010 3:56:08 PM CET

Mike Nichols (1967)

Boy George "ich bin kunst" (2002)

Unable to confirm if it is the same Mike Nichols or find a version of it online.

John Schlesinger (1969)

The Why Store "Father" (1996)

William Friedkin (1971)

Laura Branigan "Self Control" (1984)

Jonathan Demme (1991)

New Order "Perfect Kiss" (1985)

James Cameron (1997)

Martini Ranch "Reach" (1988)

Steven Soderbergh (2000)

Yes "I've Seen All The Good People" (1985)

I believe it's from his Grammy nominated concert film "Yes:9012 Live". I can't find a verified version on the internet.

Ron Howard (2001)

Michael Sembello "Gravity" (1985)

From the soundtrack and contains footage from his film "Cocoon".

Roman Polanski (2002)

Vasco Rossi "Gli Angeli" (1996)

Martin Scorsese (2006)

Michael Jackson "Bad" (1987)

Robbie Robertson "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" (1988)

Kathryn Bigelow (2010)

New Order "Touched By The Hands of God" (1987)

Danny Boyle is credited with directing a video for Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" in 1996, but I think its just clips from his film "Trainspotting". Mel Gibson supposedly starred in Brett Ratner's video for Michael Jackson's "Unbreakable" but the single was never released.

I don't think the list is conclusive and if anyone has any information I'd be greatly appreciative.

kappadonna, March 15, 2010 4:23:41 PM CET

Nice bit of trivia is that New Order have had 2 videos made by Oscar winning directors. Also the best 2 on this list too in my opinion.

spreech, March 15, 2010 8:23:04 PM CET

nice & intresting list, thanks for that.

progosk, March 15, 2010 8:27:27 PM CET


dek, March 15, 2010 8:34:50 PM CET


jevaad, March 15, 2010 9:22:04 PM CET

This is my list of some famous feature film directors (I don't know if they have won oscars)

Wim Wenders :
U2 - Electrical Storm

Michelangelo Antonioni:
Gianna Nannini - Fotoromanza

Lars Von Trier:
Laid Back - Bakerman

Joel Schumacher:
scars on broadway - world long gone

Don Bluth:
Scissor Sisters - Mary

Luc Besson:
Isabelle Adjani - Pull Marine

Sean Penn:
Peter Gabriel - The Barry Williams Show

Sofia Coppola:
THE WHITE STRIPES - I just dont know what to do with myself

najork, March 16, 2010 5:06:34 AM CET

we counting Fincher?

vidiot, March 16, 2010 4:07:59 PM CET


kappadonna, March 16, 2010 4:50:42 PM CET

Spotters badge for dek - good find.

najork: Fincher was only nominated, as were Coppola and Antonioni from jevaad's list. If you look at nominees you can also include such luminaries as Van Sant, Lynch, Scott, Hackford and Spike Jonze. Gondry has never been nominated for his directing prowess, but has shared the best original screenplay Oscar with Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth for "Eternal Sunsine of the Spotless Mind".

vidiot, March 16, 2010 5:00:40 PM CET

gondry is still an oscar winner who is a director and who has made music videos. which is the criteria of this post.

kappadonna, March 16, 2010 5:13:13 PM CET

vidiot: I'm not arguing with your point, I was just pointing out all the others listed had won the best director oscar. If we open it to all Oscars then Sofia Coppola goes from being a nominee to a winner as she too has won best original screenplay (the year before Gondry).

keef, March 18, 2010 9:07:58 PM CET

Seems like an appropriate point to share this play-list of feature directors who have made music videos. Enjoy.

kappadonna, March 26, 2010 2:39:18 AM CET

keef and jevaad, you should post some of the videos on your lists - some good stuff there. And keef, (2 time Academy nominee) John Singleton also directed this bit of house;

senilitynow, April 5, 2010 10:34:37 PM CEST

av club's semi-relevant contribution:

kappadonna, April 6, 2010 4:29:12 PM CEST

@senility - thanks for that, fun and interesting. Someone in the comments pointed out that Bob Rafelson directed 'All Night Long' which i had forgotten about.

kappadonna, March 13, 2014 9:17:12 PM CET

In the 3 years since this post I can now add Gore Verbinski (for Rango);



and some guy named Spike Jonze.

Kozoru, March 13, 2014 11:02:15 PM CET

(co-directed by Eminem, an Oscar winner)


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