By Patrick Shanley
The Martian, which remained in the top three at the box office over the weekend in its sixth week at theaters, is a bonafide hit for legendary director Ridley Scott and will almost certainly earn multiple nominations from the Academy.
Scott is no stranger to nominations, having earned three best directing nods in his career, but the award itself still eludes the English director. 2000’s Gladiator may have earned a best actor Oscar for Russell Crowe and best picture, but Scott lost best director to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. The very next year saw the same outcome for Scott as his directing nomination for Black Hawk Down lost out to Crowe-starring A Beautiful Mind‘s director, Ron Howard.
This year is shaping up to be different for Scott, however, as The Martian continues to rack up at the box office and resound with critics. A fourth best director nomination looks imminent for Scott and this may very well be the year he bucks the trend and climbs the stage to accept an award. Based on his age, the success of the film, and the long history of iconic films Scott has made he may very well be the frontrunner come Oscar season.
Here’s a look at other directors who have earned four, or more, nominations from the Academy but never taken home the statue: