Directors which won the Best Director Oscar for their film debut:

  • Delbert Mann for Marty (1955)

  • Jerome Robbins for  West Side Story (1961)

  • Robert Redford for Ordinary People (1980)

  • James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983)

  • Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves (1990)

  • Sam Mendes for American Beauty (1999) 
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