Steven Soderbergh, Julian Jarrold, David Mamet, Allison Anders, and the team of Jane Campion and Garth Davis all vie for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special. However two directors, Steven Soderbergh and Jane Campion have now joined an elite club with their latest Emmy nomination. Both directors were either nominated or awarded an Oscar as well. While more and more A-List talent are making the leap to the small screen, only a handful have scored an Academy Award nomination or win along with an Emmy Award nomination or win.
Jane Campion, who co-directed BBC and Sundance Channel’s mystery miniseries Top of the Lake with Garth Davis is the only woman to make the list as she also had an Academy Award nomination for directing The Piano in 1993. Steven Soderbergh who’s part of another club, those with two directing nominations in the same year (Traffic and Erin Brockovich in 2000) also makes the list this year with his Emmy nod for his work on HBO’s glitzy affair, Behind the Candelabra.
While only nine directors make the double threat Oscar/Emmy list, there’s only two that have won directing awards from both academies: Tom Hooper and Mike Nichols. Director Tom Hooper won an Emmy for directing the two-part historical drama miniseries Elizabeth I in 2005 and followed up with an Emmy nomination for directing the 2008 miniseries John Adams starring Paul Giamatti. Hooper’s history lessons paid off as he took home an Academy Award in 2010 for directing The King’s Speech with Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI. Mike Nichols, the most prolific name on the list won an Academy Award for directing The Graduate in 1967. A mere 34 years later he stepped up to a different podium to accept an Emmy for directing Wit in 2001 and again for Angels in America in 2004.
Both projects were produced by HBO which also has made the most projects on this list: a directors chance for making this list with seven of the Emmy nominated/winning projects coming from the company: You Don’t Know Jack, Crime of the Century, Wit, Angels in America, Behind the Candelabra, Elizabeth I, and John Adams. It seems HBO just might be the lucky charm Soderbergh needs to win an Emmy come September 22. To view the full membership roster, take a look below.
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