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In initial efforts their actors went on to win Oscars

Over the past 40 years, a handful of first-time helmers have been so accomplished in their initial efforts that their actors went on to win Oscars.

“BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE”
(1972)
Director: Milton Katselas
Actor: Eileen Heckart

“ORDINARY PEOPLE”
(1980)
Director: Robert Redford
Actor: Timothy Hutton

“ARTHUR”
(1981)
Director: Steve Gordon
Actor: John Gielgud

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
(1983)
Director: James L. Brooks
Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson

THE KILLING FIELDS
(1984)
Director: Roland Joffe
Actor: Haing S. Nigor

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
(1985)
Director: Peter Masterson
Actor: Geraldine Page

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
(1986)
Director: Randa Haines
Actor: Marlee Matlin
“My Left Foot” (1989)
Director: Jim Sheridan
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker

“AMERICAN BEAUTY”
(1999)
Director: Sam Mendes
Actor: Kevin Spacey

“POLLOCK”
(2000)
Director: Ed Harris
Actor: Marcia Gay Harden

“CHICAGO”
(2002)
Director: Rob Marshall
Actor: Catherine Zeta-Jones
“Monster” (2003)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Actor: Charlize Theron

“THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND”
(2006)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Actor: Forest Whitaker

“LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE”
(2006)
Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Actor: Alan Arkin

“MICHAEL CLAYTON”
(2007)
Director: Tony Gilroy
Actor: Tilda Swinton

“MY LEFT FOOT”
(1989)
Director: Jim Sheridan
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker

MONSTER
(2003)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Actor: Charlize Theron

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