I read with interest the articles concerning a precedent for multiple Oscar nominations for a film, but not its director--as in "The Color Purple" and Steven Spielberg.
Most mentioned 1942's "Pride of the Yankees," which received 11 nominations--but nothing for its director, Sam Wood. However, Wood was nominated that same year for another film he directed, "King's Row."
The precedents, discovered after researching all nominations back to the 1930s, are 1969's "Anne of the Thousand Days" and 1970's "Airport." Both of these films received 10 nominations, but not for their directors, Charles Jarrott and George Seaton.