New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director

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New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Current recipient: Christopher Nolan
Awarded forBest Director
CountryUnited States
Presented byNew York Film Critics Circle
First awardedJohn Ford
The Informer (1935)
Currently held byChristopher Nolan
Oppenheimer (2023)

The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director is an award given by the New York Film Critics Circle, honoring the finest achievements in filmmaking.



Year Winner Film
1935 John Ford The Informer
1936 Rouben Mamoulian The Gay Desperado
1937 Gregory La Cava Stage Door
1938 Alfred Hitchcock The Lady Vanishes
1939 John Ford Stagecoach


Year Winner Film
1940 John Ford The Grapes of Wrath
The Long Voyage Home
1941 How Green Was My Valley
1942 John Farrow Wake Island
1943 George Stevens The More the Merrier
1944 Leo McCarey Going My Way
1945 Billy Wilder The Lost Weekend
1946 William Wyler The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 Elia Kazan Boomerang
Gentleman's Agreement
1948 John Huston The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1949 Carol Reed The Fallen Idol


Year Winner Film
1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve
1951 Elia Kazan A Streetcar Named Desire
1952 Fred Zinnemann High Noon
1953 From Here to Eternity
1954 Elia Kazan On the Waterfront
1955 David Lean Summertime
1956 John Huston Moby Dick
1957 David Lean The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 Stanley Kramer The Defiant Ones
1959 Fred Zinnemann The Nun's Story


Year Winner Film
1960 Jack Cardiff Sons and Lovers
Billy Wilder The Apartment
1961 Robert Rossen The Hustler
1962 No award given (newspaper strike)
1963 Tony Richardson Tom Jones
1964 Stanley Kubrick Dr. Strangelove
1965 John Schlesinger Darling
1966 Fred Zinnemann A Man for All Seasons
1967 Mike Nichols The Graduate
1968 Paul Newman Rachel, Rachel
1969 Costa-Gavras Z


Year Winner Film
1970 Bob Rafelson Five Easy Pieces
1971 Stanley Kubrick A Clockwork Orange
1972 Ingmar Bergman Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)
1973 François Truffaut Day for Night
1974 Federico Fellini Amarcord
1975 Robert Altman Nashville
1976 Alan J. Pakula All the President's Men
1977 Woody Allen Annie Hall
1978 Terrence Malick Days of Heaven
1979 Woody Allen Manhattan


Year Winner Film
1980 Jonathan Demme Melvin and Howard
1981 Sidney Lumet Prince of the City
1982 Sydney Pollack Tootsie
1983 Ingmar Bergman Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander)
1984 David Lean A Passage to India
1985 John Huston Prizzi's Honor
1986 Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters
1987 James L. Brooks Broadcast News
1988 Chris Menges A World Apart
1989 Paul Mazursky Enemies, A Love Story


Year Winner Film
1990 Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
1991 Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Robert Altman The Player
1993 Jane Campion The Piano
1994 Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
1995 Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility
1996 Lars von Trier Breaking the Waves
1997 Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
1998 Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line
1999 Mike Leigh Topsy-Turvy


Year Winner Film
2000 Steven Soderbergh[1] Erin Brockovich
2001 Robert Altman Gosford Park
2002 Todd Haynes Far from Heaven
2003 Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
2004 Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
2006 Martin Scorsese The Departed
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
2008 Mike Leigh Happy-Go-Lucky
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker[2]


Year Winner Film
2010 David Fincher The Social Network[3]
2011 Michel Hazanavicius The Artist[4]
2012 Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty[5]
2013 Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave[6]
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood[7]
2015 Todd Haynes Carol[8]
2016 Barry Jenkins Moonlight[9]
2017 Sean Baker The Florida Project[10]
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma[11]
2019 Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie Uncut Gems[12]


Year Winner Film
2020 Chloé Zhao Nomadland[13]
2021 Jane Campion The Power of the Dog[14]
2022 S. S. Rajamouli RRR[15]
2023 Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer[16]

Multiple winners[edit]

18 directors have won the award multiple times.

Wins Director
4 United States John Ford
3 United States Woody Allen
United States Robert Altman
United States John Huston
United States Elia Kazan
United Kingdom David Lean
United States Fred Zinnemann
2 Sweden Ingmar Bergman
United States Kathryn Bigelow
New Zealand Jane Campion
United States Jonathan Demme
United States Todd Haynes
United States Stanley Kubrick
Taiwan Ang Lee
United Kingdom Mike Leigh
United States Terrence Malick
United States Martin Scorsese
United States Billy Wilder


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  2. ^ Thielman, Sam (December 14, 2009). "'Hurt Locker' tops with N.Y. Film Critics". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Finke, Nikki (December 13, 2010). "NY Film Critics Award 'The Social Network', David Fincher, Colin Firth, & Annette Bening". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  4. ^ The Deadline Team (November 29, 2011). "UPDATE: 'The Artist' Is NY Film Critics Circle Best Picture; Meryl Streep Best Actress For 'Iron Lady', Brad Pitt Best Actor". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  5. ^ The Deadline Team (December 3, 2012). "NY Film Critics Circle: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Named Best Film; 'Lincoln' Wins Multiple Honors". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  6. ^ The Deadline Team (December 3, 2013). "New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 'American Hustle' Best Film; Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett Top Actor Honors". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 1, 2014). "New York Film Critics Give 'Boyhood' Best Picture, Director & Supporting Actress". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 2, 2015). "New York Film Critics Circle 2015 Winners: 'Carol' Takes Four Including Best Picture, Director". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 1, 2016). "New York Film Critics Circle: 'La La Land' Takes Best Film; 'Manchester' & 'Moonlight' Come Up Big". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 30, 2017). "New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird' Named Best Picture – Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 29, 2018). "New York Film Critics Circle Awards Names 'Roma' Best Film, Alfonso Cuarón Best Director". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 4, 2019). "New York Film Critics Circle Names 'The Irishman' Best Film; Safdie Brothers, Lupita Nyong'o, Antonio Banderas Among Winners". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 18, 2020). "New York Film Critics Circle Names 'First Cow' Best Film Of 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Hipes, Patrick; Evans, Greg (December 3, 2021). "'Drive My Car' Named Best Film By New York Film Critics Circle; Benedict Cumberbatch, Lady Gaga, 'West Side Story', 'Licorice Pizza' Take Other Prizes – Complete Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  15. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 2, 2022). "New York Film Critics Circle Names 'Tár' As Best Film; Cate Blanchett & Colin Farrell Take Lead Acting Prize: Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  16. ^ "New York Film Critics Awards: Winners List". Variety. 2023-11-16. Retrieved 2023-11-30.

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