In my previous post, a piece on actress Sophia Loren, I wrote that Vittorio De Sica directed her to an Oscar victory. He directed her in a number of films and seemed to draw the essence and best of her out more so than any other director. He directed Two Women, for which Sophia Loren won the Oscar for Best Actress of 1961.
He got one Oscar nomination in his remarkable film career and that was in the Best Supporting Actor category. Vittorio De Sica, seen to the far left in the photo below, was one of the best things about the epic but lukewarm 1957 remake of A Farewell to Arms.
Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones were the stars. De Sica didn't direct it. He just acted in it. And he got the only Oscar nomination the big prestige film earned. But De Sica had directed Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift in 1953's Indiscretion of an American Wife.
Vittorio De Sica never got an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Hard to believe.