Which three are looking to do the same this year?
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Frank Capra was the first to actually direct four Best Picture nominees in a row, putting him in even rarer air than the rest of the list (and joined there by just one other filmmaker). And had 1934's "Broadway Bill" been a nominee, he would have stretched it to seven in a row.
"Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936)
"Lost Horizon" (1937)
"You Can't Take It With You" (1938)
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)