It's that time of year again when the who's who of Hollywood gather to honor the best films and filmmakers of the past year.
This time, five directors old and young, and eight films simple and bold, have what it takes to bring home the Oscar gold out of the 307 features eligible to be nominated, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Before that, however, they were bringing home a ton of money at the box office. From classic names, like Spielberg, to newer ones like Inarritu, we break down the box office numbers of the Best Picture nominees and the overall careers of their directors.
Before Chris Rock takes the stage at the Dolby Theater, click ahead to see how much money the Best Picture nominees have made and how much their directors have made over their careers, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com and the-numbers.com.
All domestic grosses, excluding "Room" and "Spotlight" directing, provided by BoxOfficeMojo; all worldwide grosses provided by The Numbers.
—By CNBC's Josh Weiss
Posted Feb. 26, 2016