Academy Awards - Won Best Director - Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Best Picture - Schindler's List. Academy Awards - Nominated Best Director - Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Munich (1985). Best Picture - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Saving Private Ryan, Munich (2005), Letters from Iwo Jima. Special Award Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1986).