Frank Capra, the multiple Academy Award-winning director, is known for his everyman heroes who symbolized the American spirit triumphing over mercenary or venal big business and big government.
Many of his films — including his Academy Award winners "It Happened One Night" (1934), "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936) and "You Can't Take It With You" (1938) — have retained their standing as classics, often being shown on television. Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) profoundly influenced Steven Spielberg and other current filmmakers.
"It Happened One Night" was the first film to capture all five major Oscars, including Capra's first Academy Award as a director.
He retired with honors. In addition to his Oscars, there were the presidencies of the Directors Guild of America from 1936 to 1940 and of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1935 to 1939, plus numerous governmental and critical awards.
|1932||Best Director||Lady for a Day||Nomination|
|1934||Best Director||It Happened One Night||Win|
|1936||Best Director||Mr. Deeds Goes to Town||Win|
|1938||Best Director||You Can't Take It with You||Win|
|1939||Best Director||Mr. Smith Goes to Washington||Nomination|
|1946||Best Director||It's a Wonderful Life||Nomination|