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2011 Best Director Oscar Nominees

Bestselling Learn Guitar on Android! Five filmmakers are nominated for the 2011 Academy Awards Best Director honors, including several first-time Oscar nominees. They include: Darren Aronofsky for ''Black Swan'' David O. Russell for ''The Fighter'' Tom Hooper for ''The King's Speech'' David Fincher for ''The Social Network'' Joel and Ethan Coen for ''True Grit'' This is the first Best Director Academy Award nomination for three directors: Aronofsky, Russell and Hooper. David Fincher was nominated for Best Director in 2008 for ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.'' And brothers Joel and Ethan Coen are no strangers to the Oscars race, having each garnered eleven nominations over the years, including a Best Director nomination for 1996's ''Fargo.'' The Coen brothers have also earned Academy Award nominations for Film Editing under the pseudonym "Roderick Jaynes" for ''Fargo'' and 2007's ''No Country for Old Men.'' Aronofsky, Fincher, Hooper and Russell were all 2011 Golden Globe Best Director nominees, along with Christopher Nolan for ''Inception.'' The Golden Globe went to Fincher for ''The Social Network.'' Despite his Golden Globe nomination, Christopher Nolan was not an Oscar Best Director contender in 2011. He did, however, get nominations for Best Original Screenplay for his ''Inception'' script. To date, director John Ford has won the most Directing Academy Awards. Ford has been nominated a total of five times - and he's won four times, for ''The Informer,'' ''The Grapes of Wrath,'' ''How Green Was My Valley'' and ''The Quiet Man,'' which also won Best Picture in 1952. William Wyler holds the record for most Directing nominations, with 12, including nominations for 1939's ''Wuthering Heights'' and 1941's ''The Little Foxes.'' Wyler also won Best Director in 1946 for ''The Best Years of Our Lives'' and again in 1959 for ''Ben-Hur.'' REFS Mahalo Daily Videos Playlist: Celebs in 60 Seconds: Check out More Videos from Mahalo: How to Play Guitar: How to Speak French: How to Speak Italian: How to Speak Spanish: How to Speak Korean: Learn Math: Learn German: Learn Biology: Learn Math: Learn German:
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