As Guinness World Records reports, Martin Scorsese holds the world record for the most Oscar nominations for a living director with nine. The achievement became his on January 13, 2020, with his nomination for directing “The Irishman.” As the Academy Awards website reminds us, he lost out in this category to Bong Joon-ho, director of “The Parasite.” The same happened with the Best Picture Grammy the same year, for which the two movies were also nominated.
Scorsese’s last Oscar nomination before 2020 was in 2014 for the much-beloved “Wolf of Wall Street.” He’s been a mainstay of the awards since 1981 when his classic “Raging Bull” received an incredible eight nominations. At that show, per the Oscars website, the movie earned Robert De Nero the Oscar for Best Actor In A Leading Role and Thelma Schoonmaker the Oscar for Film Editing. As for the Best Director award, Scorsese was beaten by Robert Redford thanks to his work on “Ordinary People.”
Throughout his career, Scorsese has won a single Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing for 2007’s “The Departed,” per IMDb. Many wins may have eluded him, but in Oscars history, only one director has ever received more nominations: the visionary William Wyler, who received a total of 12 nominations and three wins over a period from 1936 to 1965, per Filmsite.