Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director
2023 recipient: Christopher Nolan
Awarded forBest Direction of a Motion Picture
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented byCritics Choice Association
First awardedMel Gibson for Braveheart (1995)
Currently held byChristopher Nolan for Oppenheimer (2023)

The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director is one of the awards given to film directors working in the film industry by the Critics Choice Association at the annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. It was first given out to Mel Gibson for Braveheart in 1996 as a juried award. Until 2001, only the winner was presented; since then, a set of nominees is announced every year.

Only four directors have received the award more than once with two wins each: Alfonso Cuarón, Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg. The latter also holds the record of most nominations in the category with eight. Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, and Chloé Zhao are the only female winners of the award.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Mel Gibson is the first recipient of this award
Steven Spielberg won this award twice for his films Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Catch Me if You Can / Minority Report (2002)
Martin Scorsese won this award twice for The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006)
Ang Lee won for Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Joel and Ethan Coen won for No Country for Old Men (2007)
Kathryn Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker, becoming the first female to win this award
David Fincher won for The Social Network (2010)
Ben Affleck won for Argo (2012)
Alfonso Cuarón won for his films Gravity (2013) and Roma (2018)
George Miller won for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Damien Chazelle won for his film La La Land (2016)
Guillermo del Toro won for his film The Shape of Water (2017)
Bong Joon-ho won for his film Parasite (2019)
Chloe Zhao won for her film Nomadland (2020)
Jane Campion won for The Power of the Dog (2021)
Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan won for their film Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
Christopher Nolan won for Oppenheimer (2023)


Year Director Film (s)
1995 Mel Gibson Braveheart
1996 Anthony Minghella The English Patient
1997 James Cameron Titanic
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
1999 Sam Mendes American Beauty


Year Director Film (s)
2000 Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich / Traffic
Ridley Scott Gladiator
2001 Ron Howard (TIE) A Beautiful Mind
Baz Luhrmann (TIE) Moulin Rouge!
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002 Steven Spielberg Catch Me If You Can / Minority Report
Roman Polanski The Pianist
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Tim Burton Big Fish
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
Jim Sheridan In America
2004 Martin Scorsese The Aviator
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
Marc Forster Finding Neverland
Taylor Hackford Ray
Alexander Payne Sideways
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck
Paul Haggis Crash
Ron Howard Cinderella Man
Steven Spielberg Munich
2006 Martin Scorsese The Departed
Bill Condon Dreamgirls
Clint Eastwood Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears The Queen
Paul Greengrass United 93
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Tim Burton Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sean Penn Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright Atonement
2008 Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant Milk
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
James Cameron Avatar
Lee Daniels Precious
Clint Eastwood Invictus
Jason Reitman Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Director Film (s)
David Fincher The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
Danny Boyle 127 Hours
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen True Grit
Tom Hooper The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan Inception
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Stephen Daldry Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Alexander Payne The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
Martin Scorsese Hugo
Steven Spielberg War Horse
Ben Affleck Argo
Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper Les Misérables
Ang Lee Life of Pi
David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg Lincoln
Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze Her
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell American Hustle
Martin Scorsese The Wolf of Wall Street
Richard Linklater Boyhood
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay Selma
David Fincher Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu Birdman
Angelina Jolie Unbroken
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Todd Haynes Carol
Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
Ridley Scott The Martian
Steven Spielberg Bridge of Spies
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Mel Gibson Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve Arrival
Denzel Washington Fences
Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Luca Guadagnino Call Me by Your Name
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
Jordan Peele Get Out
Steven Spielberg The Post
Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Damien Chazelle First Man
Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
Peter Farrelly Green Book
Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite
Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay Vice
Bong Joon-ho (TIE) Parasite
Sam Mendes (TIE) 1917
Noah Baumbach Marriage Story
Greta Gerwig Little Women
Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie Uncut Gems
Martin Scorsese The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Year Director Film (s)
Chloé Zhao Nomadland
Lee Isaac Chung Minari
Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman
David Fincher Mank
Regina King One Night in Miami...
Spike Lee Da 5 Bloods
Aaron Sorkin The Trial of the Chicago 7
Jane Campion The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza
Kenneth Branagh Belfast
Guillermo del Toro Nightmare Alley
Steven Spielberg West Side Story
Denis Villeneuve Dune
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Everything Everywhere All at Once
James Cameron Avatar: The Way of Water
Damien Chazelle Babylon
Todd Field Tár
Baz Luhrmann Elvis
Martin McDonagh The Banshees of Inisherin
Sarah Polley Women Talking
Gina Prince-Bythewood The Woman King
S. S. Rajamouli RRR
Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans
Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer
Bradley Cooper Maestro
Greta Gerwig Barbie
Yorgos Lanthimos Poor Things
Alexander Payne The Holdovers
Martin Scorsese Killers of the Flower Moon

Awards breakdown[edit]

Multiple winners[edit]

2 wins

Multiple nominees[edit]

See also[edit]


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