After the war he went to Hollywood, where he first worked as a film cutter, and later as an assistant director. Howard Hughes promoted Milestone to director, and one of his early efforts, the 1928 film Two Arabian Knights, won him an Oscar in the first Academy Award ceremony. He also directed The Racket, an early gangster film, and later helped Hughes direct scenes for his aviation saga Hell's Angels (for which he never received credit).
Milestone won his second Academy Award for All Quiet on the Western Front, a screen adaptation of the antiwar novel by Erich Maria Remarque. His next, The Front Page, brought the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play to the screen. It earned him another Oscar nomination. He worked extensively in television from the mid 1950s.
Milestone's Academy Award nominations: 1940 Nominated Of Mice and Men; 1931 Nominated The Front Page; 1930 Won All Quiet on the Western Front; 1929 Won Two Arabian Knights.
Lewis Milestone Facts
|September 30, 1895
|Date of death
|September 25, 1980 (age 84)
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|1930 Academy Awards: Best Director (for All Quiet on the Western Front)
|1928 Academy Awards: Best Director (for Two Arabian Knights)
|The North Star
|All Quiet on the Western Front
|Halls Of Montezuma
|Garden of Eden, The
|Mutiny on the Bounty
|Pork Chop Hill
|Dark Film Mysteries
|TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures
|Have Gun Will Travel