Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Dodsworth
Ah, William Wyler also happens to be the director with the most Academy Award nominations: twelve in all. For the record, those are: Dodsworth, 1936; Wuthering Heights, 1939; The Letter, 1940; The Little Foxes, 1941; Mrs. Miniver, 1942; The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946; The Heiress, 1949; Detective Story, 1951; Roman Holiday, 1953; Friendly Persuasion, 1956; Ben-Hur, 1959; and The Collector, 1965.
He won the Best Director Oscar for three films – none of which is among his best: Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives, and Ben-Hur.
Considering the changes that have taken place in the American film industry following the demise of the studio system, barring a miracle Wyler will remain the Oscars' top director for actors for as long as there are Oscars. (See full list below.)
William Wyler died of a heart attack in July 1981 in Los Angeles.
William Wyler-directed movies: thirty-six acting nominations; fourteen wins.
(s) supporting category. (* ) Academy Award winner
Walter Huston, Dodsworth
* Walter Brennan (s), Come and Get It (Wyler replaced Howard Hawks, who received co-directing credit)
Bonita Granville (s), These Three
Maria Ouspenskaya (s), Dodsworth
Claire Trevor (s), Dead End
* Bette Davis, Jezebel
* Fay Bainter (s), Jezebel
Laurence Olivier, Wuthering Heights
Geraldine Fitzgerald (s), Wuthering Heights
Bette Davis, The Letter
* Walter Brennan (s), The Westerner
James Stephenson (s), The Letter
Bette Davis, The Little Foxes
Patricia Collinge (s), The Little Foxes
Teresa Wright (s), The Little Foxes
* Fredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives
* Harold Russell (s), The Best Years of Our Lives
Eleanor Parker, Detective Story
Lee Grant (s), Detective Story
Anthony Perkins (s), Friendly Persuasion
* Burl Ives (s), The Big Country
* Charlton Heston Ben-Hur
* Hugh Griffith (s), Ben-Hur
Fay Bainter (s), The Children's Hour
Samantha Eggar, The Collector