is another one that's harder than it looks.
Chaplin was nominated for Best Comedy Director at the very first
Academy Awards in 1928 (the only year the award was split
into two categories) and Best Actor for The Circus,
but at the last minute the Academy decided to take him
out of the running for the competitive awards by giving him
an honorary Oscar for his "versatility and genius" for the film.
Most listings of the nominations include Chaplin in those
categories for that year, which (added with his nominations
for Best Actor, Best Screenplay and as the producer
of the Best Picture for The Great Dictator in 1940)
make him the answer. But in recent years, the Academy
has removed Chaplin's nominations for The Circus from
its official roster because of his elimination in the final voting,
which (with The Circus being Chaplin's only nomination as a director)
makes Orson Welles the answer for Citizen Kane in 1941.
Since madbeast.com still recognizes Chaplin's nominations for The Circus, full credit if you name either Chaplin or Welles.
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