Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Director

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Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Director
The 2023 recipient:
Christopher Nolan
Awarded forBest Director
CountryUnited States
Presented byHouston Film Critics Society
First awardedTim Burton
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Currently held byChristopher Nolan
Oppenheimer (2023)

The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Director is an annual award given by the Houston Film Critics Society.



Year Winner and nominees Film
2007 Tim Burton Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Sidney Lumet Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Sean Penn Into the Wild
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: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
Clint Eastwood Invictus
Jason Reitman Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Winner and nominees Film
2010 David Fincher The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
Danny Boyle 127 Hours
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen True Grit
Christopher Nolan Inception
2011 Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne The Descendants
2012 Ben Affleck Argo
Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper Les Misérables
Steven Spielberg Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne Nebraska
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle Whiplash
Alejandro G. Iñárritu Birdman
2015 Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson Room
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott The Martian
2016 Damien Chazelle La La Land
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve Arrival
2017 Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
Jordan Peele Get Out
Steven Spielberg The Post
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk
Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite
Adam McKay Vice
2019 Bong Joon-ho Parasite
Sam Mendes 1917
Martin Scorsese The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Lulu Wang The Farewell


Year Winner and nominees Film
2020 Chloé Zhao Nomadland
Lee Isaac Chung Minari
Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman
Regina King One Night in Miami...
Darius Marder Sound of Metal
Aaron Sorkin The Trial of the Chicago 7
2021 Jane Campion The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza
Kenneth Branagh Belfast
Guillermo del Toro Nightmare Alley
Denis Villeneuve Dune
2022 Daniel Kwan
Daniel Scheinert
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Martin McDonagh The Banshees of Inisherin
Baz Luhrmann Elvis
Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans
Todd Field TÁR
Sarah Polley Women Talking
2023 Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer
Greta Gerwig Barbie
Yorgos Lanthimos Poor Things
Alexander Payne The Holdovers
Martin Scorsese Killers of the Flower Moon