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Column Chart Showing Directors with the Most Awards

Estimated Time to Complete: 5 minutes

To create each chart, you will populate the chart's encoding channels with fields from your schema. Encoding channels represent the information passed to Atlas Charts which allows Charts to create the visualization.

To discover which directors of films represented in this dataset have won the most awards, use the directors and awards.wins database fields in your chart. The genres field provides additional insight into the specific genres of the films for which these directors have won awards.

A column chart makes it easy to sort and compare fields with numerical values, so it is a good choice for this use case.


In the Select Data Source modal that appears:

  1. Click the Sample tab.

  2. Click Select on the Sample Data: Movies data source.

  1. In the Chart Type dropdown menu, select Stacked Column.

  1. Drag the directors field from the Fields section of the Chart Builder view to the X Axis encoding channel.

  2. In the directors Array Reductions dropdown, select Unwind Array.

  3. In the Fields section click the awards field to expand the awards object and view its properties.

  4. Drag the awards.wins field to the Y Axis encoding channel. The Y Axis encoding channel determines which field to use for the chart's aggregation.

  5. Leave the Aggregate dropdown menu for the Y Axis encoding channel on its default value of sum. This value directs the aggregation operation to return the total number of award wins for each director.



Aggregation processes data records using a wide variety of methods and returns computed results which may not be available in the original dataset. Because we are interested in the total number of awards won by each director, we use the awards.wins field here and will use an aggregation operator which will allow us to add up the total wins for each director.


At this point there are too many columns in our X axis to show any meaningful results. To bring the number down to a manageable level, we'll apply a limit to get the ten directors with the most award wins.

The directors array is already sorted by the aggregated value of wins in descending order. To apply a limit to the number of columns in the X Axis:

  1. Toggle Limit Results to On.

  2. Set the value of the adjacent numeric field to 10.

  1. Drag the genres field to the Series encoding channel.

  2. In the Array Reductions dropdown menu, select unwind array. The X axis columns are now broken down by movie genre.


    Some movies contain more than one genre, so the numbers shown in the columns may not be the exact number of awards for each director.

  1. Hover over your chart title above the center of the chart and click the pencil icon.

  2. Copy the following into the chart title input:

    Directors with Most Awards, Split by Genre
  3. Click the check mark to save your title.

  4. Your chart should now look like this:

    Directors with the most awards
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  5. Click Save and Close to return to your dashboard.

Follow along to the next section of the tutorial to build a scatter chart of award-nominated movies and their respective TomatoMeter ratings.


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Scatter Chart of Award-Nominated Movies with Their TomatoMeter Rating