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Frank Capra


Academy Awards:
  1933 LADY FOR A DAY Best Director Nomination
winner 1934 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT Best Director Oscar
  1936 MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN Best Picture Nomination
winner 1936 MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN Best Director Oscar
  1937 LOST HORIZON Best Picture Nomination
winner 1938 YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Best Picture Oscar
winner 1938 YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Best Director Oscar
  1939 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON Best Picture Nomination
  1939 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON Best Director Nomination
  1946 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Best Picture Nomination
  1946 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Best Director Nomination
NOTE: Technically, Oscars for documentaries are given to the film itself, not any individual producer, director or production company.  However, the Academy does usually name an individual or company/organization to accept the Academy Award nomination and/or Oscar on behalf of the film.  Thus, when PRELUDE TO WAR (1942) won a special (non-competitive) Oscar for "its trenchant conception and authentic and stirring dramatization of the events which forced our nation into the war and of the ideals for which we fight," the Oscar itself was presented to the United States Army Special Services, not Capra who had directed and produced it.

Likewise, when THE BATTLE OF RUSSIA (1943), another documentary produced and directed by Capra, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature the following year, this nomination went to the United States Department of War Special Service Division.  Because they were not awarded to Capra as an individual, these honors don't count towards his personal tally of Academy Award nominations or Oscars.

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