Academy Award for Best Director

Academy Award for Best Director
Bong Joon-ho 2017.jpg
Current recipient: Bong Joon-ho
Awarded forExcellence in Cinematic Direction Achievement
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded1929 (for direction in films released during the 1927/1928 film season)
Currently held byBong Joon-ho
Parasite (oscars.org

The Academy Award for Best Director (officially known as the Academy Award of Merit for Directing) is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of a film director who has exhibited outstanding directing while working in the film industry.

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 with the award being split into "Dramatic" and "Comedy" categories; Frank Borzage and Lewis Milestone won for 7th Heaven and Two Arabian Knights, respectively.[1] However, these categories were merged for all subsequent ceremonies.[2] Nominees are determined by single transferable vote within the directors branch of AMPAS; winners are selected by a plurality vote from the entire eligible voting members of the Academy.[3][4][5]

For the first eleven years of the Academy Awards, directors were allowed to be nominated for multiple films in the same year. However, after the nomination of Michael Curtiz for two films, Angels with Dirty Faces and Four Daughters, at the 11th Academy Awards, the rules were revised so that an individual could only be nominated for one film at each ceremony.[6] That rule has since been amended, although the only director who has received multiple nominations in the same year was Steven Soderbergh for Erin Brockovich and Traffic in 2000, winning the award for the latter. The Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture have been very closely linked throughout their history. Of the 91 films that have been awarded Best Picture, 65 have also been awarded Best Director.[7]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 71 directors or directing teams. John Ford has received the most awards in this category with four. William Wyler was nominated on twelve occasions, more than any other individual. Damien Chazelle became the youngest director in history to receive this award, at the age of 32 for his work on La La Land. John Singleton became the youngest director to be nominated for this award, at age 24 for his work on Boyz n the Hood. Two directing teams have shared the award; Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for West Side Story in 1961 and Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men in 2007. The Coen brothers are the only siblings to have won the award.[8] Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to have won the award, for 2009's The Hurt Locker. As of the 2020 ceremony, Bong Joon-ho is the most recent winner in this category for his work on Parasite.

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release in Los Angeles County, California; the ceremonies are always held the following year.[9] For the first five ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned twelve months from August 1 to July 31.[10] For the 6th ceremony held in 1934, the eligibility period lasted from August 1, 1932, to December 31, 1933.[10] Since the 7th ceremony held in 1935, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.[10]

Table key
  indicates the winner
Award winner Indicates the winner of Best Picture
Black-and-white photo of Frank Borzage, 1920.
Frank Borzage won in the "Dramatic" category at the first ceremony and later received a second award for Bad Girl.
Black-and-white publicity photo of Lewis Milestone.
Lewis Milestone won in the "Comedy" category at the first ceremony and later received a second award for All Quiet on the Western Front.
Black-and-white photo of Frank Lloyd.
Frank Lloyd won two awards in this category for The Divine Lady and Cavalcade.
Black-and-white photograph of John Ford smoking a pipe.
John Ford has the most Best Director wins with four, winning in 1935, 1940, 1941, and 1952.
Black-and-white photograph of William Wyler.
William Wyler has the most nominations with twelve, winning in 1942, 1946, and 1959.
Black-and-white photo of Michael Curtiz.
Michael Curtiz won for directing Casablanca.
Black-and-white photograph of Gloria Swanson and Billy Wilder while filming Sunset Boulevard.
Billy Wilder (right) was nominated eight times, winning twice.
File of Elia Kazan as a younger adult.
Elia Kazan won in 1947 for Gentleman's Agreement and again in 1954 for On the Waterfront.
Publicity photo of John Huston in the 1974 film Chinatown.
John Huston received the award in 1948 for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
George Stevens holding his Oscar for Giant.
George Stevens won twice, five years apart, for A Place in the Sun and Giant.
David Lean in Finland while filming Doctor Zhivago.
David Lean won for The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated for five other films.
Robert Wise in 1990.
Robert Wise earned two awards in this category, co-winning for West Side Story and winning for The Sound of Music.
Publicity still photo of Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins won once in this category, co-winning for West Side Story.
George Cukor in 1946.
George Cukor won in 1964 for My Fair Lady.
Photo of Mike Nichols in the 1970s.
Mike Nichols won for 1967's The Graduate.
Miloš Forman at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Miloš Forman won for both 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and 1984's Amadeus.
Woody Allen in 2006.
Woody Allen received seven nominations in the category, winning only once (for Annie Hall).
Warren Beatty in a publicity photo for Shampoo in 1975.
Warren Beatty won in 1981 for directing Reds.
Richard Attenborough in 1975.
Richard Attenborough won in 1982 for his epic biopic, Gandhi.
Oliver Stone at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2016.
Oliver Stone earned two awards in this category in the 1980s—one for Platoon (1986), and the other for Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
Kevin Costner attending the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
Kevin Costner earned the award in 1990 for directing Dances with Wolves.
Jonathan Demme at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival.
Jonathan Demme won for his direction of The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Clint Eastwood at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Clint Eastwood won in 1992 for Unforgiven and became the oldest director to win in the category with Million Dollar Baby in 2004.
Sam Mendes at the premiere of the musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Sam Mendes won in 1999 for his directorial debut—American Beauty.
Roman Polanski at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Roman Polanski won in 2002 for his direction of The Pianist.
Ang Lee at the 66th Venice Film Festival.
Ang Lee has won twice in this category—in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain and in 2012 for Life of Pi.
Martin Scorsese at 60th Berlin International Film Festival in 2010.
Martin Scorsese has received nine nominations for Best Director, but has only won for The Departed in 2006.
Kathryn Bigelow at the 82nd Academy Awards
Kathryn Bigelow is the first and only woman to date to win the award. She won for The Hurt Locker in 2009.
Michel Hazanavicius at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Michel Hazanavicius became the first French director to win the award for his work on The Artist.
Alfonso Cuarón in 2013.
In 2013, Alfonso Cuarón became the first Mexican director to win this award for his work on Gravity, before winning again in 2018 for Roma.
Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu won this award two years in a row becoming the third director to achieve this, and the first since 1950, for directing Birdman (2014) and The Revenant (2015).
Damien Chazelle promoting Whiplash at the Deauville American Film Festival in France, September 2014
Damien Chazelle became the youngest winner of the category after winning this award for La La Land (2016).
Guillermo del Toro in October 2017.
Guillermo del Toro won this award for directing The Shape of Water (2017).
Year Director(s) Film Ref.
1920s
1927/28
(1st)
Frank Borzage (Dramatic Picture) 7th Heaven [11]
Herbert Brenon (Dramatic Picture) Sorrell and Son
King Vidor (Dramatic Picture) The Crowd
Lewis Milestone (Comedy Picture) Two Arabian Knights
Ted Wilde (Comedy Picture) Speedy
1928/1929
(2nd)
[note 1]
Frank Lloyd The Divine Lady [12]
Lionel Barrymore Madame X
Harry Beaumont The Broadway Melody Award winner
Irving Cummings In Old Arizona
Frank Lloyd Drag
Weary River
Ernst Lubitsch The Patriot
1930s
1929/1930
(3rd)
Lewis Milestone All Quiet on the Western Front Award winner [13]
Clarence Brown Anna Christie
Romance
Robert Z. Leonard The Divorcee
Ernst Lubitsch The Love Parade
King Vidor Hallelujah!
1930/1931
(4th)
Norman Taurog Skippy [14]
Clarence Brown A Free Soul
Lewis Milestone The Front Page
Wesley Ruggles Cimarron Award winner
Josef von Sternberg Morocco
1931/1932
(5th)
Frank Borzage Bad Girl [15]
King Vidor The Champ
Josef von Sternberg Shanghai Express
1932/1933
(6th)
Frank Lloyd Cavalcade Award winner [16]
Frank Capra Lady for a Day
George Cukor Little Women
1934
(7th)
Frank Capra It Happened One Night Award winner [17]
Victor Schertzinger One Night of Love
W. S. Van Dyke The Thin Man
1935
(8th)
John Ford The Informer [18]
Henry Hathaway The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Frank Lloyd Mutiny on the Bounty Award winner
1936
(9th)
Frank Capra Mr. Deeds Goes to Town [19]
Gregory La Cava My Man Godfrey
Robert Z. Leonard The Great Ziegfeld Award winner
W. S. Van Dyke San Francisco
William Wyler Dodsworth
1937
(10th)
Leo McCarey The Awful Truth [20]
William Dieterle The Life of Emile Zola Award winner
Sidney Franklin The Good Earth
Gregory La Cava Stage Door
William A. Wellman A Star Is Born
1938
(11th)
Frank Capra You Can't Take It with You Award winner [21]
Michael Curtiz Angels with Dirty Faces
Four Daughters
Norman Taurog Boys Town
King Vidor The Citadel
1939
(12th)
Victor Fleming Gone with the Wind Award winner [22]
Frank Capra Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
John Ford Stagecoach
Sam Wood Goodbye, Mr. Chips
William Wyler Wuthering Heights
1940s
1940
(13th)
John Ford The Grapes of Wrath [23]
George Cukor The Philadelphia Story
Alfred Hitchcock Rebecca Award winner
Sam Wood Kitty Foyle
William Wyler The Letter
1941
(14th)
John Ford How Green Was My Valley Award winner [24]
Alexander Hall Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Howard Hawks Sergeant York
Orson Welles Citizen Kane
William Wyler The Little Foxes
1942
(15th)
William Wyler Mrs. Miniver Award winner [25]
Michael Curtiz Yankee Doodle Dandy
John Farrow Wake Island
Mervyn LeRoy Random Harvest
Sam Wood Kings Row
1943
(16th)
Michael Curtiz Casablanca Award winner [26]
Clarence Brown The Human Comedy
Henry King The Song of Bernadette
Ernst Lubitsch Heaven Can Wait
George Stevens The More the Merrier
1944
(17th)
Leo McCarey Going My Way Award winner [27]
Alfred Hitchcock Lifeboat
Henry King Wilson
Otto Preminger Laura
Billy Wilder Double Indemnity
1945
(18th)
Billy Wilder The Lost Weekend Award winner [28]
Clarence Brown National Velvet
Alfred Hitchcock Spellbound
Leo McCarey The Bells of St. Mary's
Jean Renoir The Southerner
1946
(19th)
William Wyler The Best Years of Our Lives Award winner [29]
Clarence Brown The Yearling
Frank Capra It's a Wonderful Life
David Lean Brief Encounter
Robert Siodmak The Killers
1947
(20th)
Elia Kazan Gentleman's Agreement Award winner [30]
George Cukor A Double Life
Edward Dmytryk Crossfire
Henry Koster The Bishop's Wife
David Lean Great Expectations
1948
(21st)
John Huston The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [31]
Anatole Litvak The Snake Pit
Jean Negulesco Johnny Belinda
Laurence Olivier Hamlet Award winner
Fred Zinnemann The Search
1949
(22nd)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz A Letter to Three Wives [32]
Carol Reed The Fallen Idol
Robert Rossen All the King's Men Award winner
William A. Wellman Battleground
William Wyler The Heiress
1950s
1950
(23rd)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve Award winner [33]
George Cukor Born Yesterday
John Huston The Asphalt Jungle
Carol Reed The Third Man
Billy Wilder Sunset Boulevard
1951
(24th)
George Stevens A Place in the Sun [34]
John Huston The African Queen
Elia Kazan A Streetcar Named Desire
Vincente Minnelli An American in Paris Award winner
William Wyler Detective Story
1952
(25th)
John Ford The Quiet Man [35]
Cecil B. DeMille The Greatest Show on Earth Award winner
John Huston Moulin Rouge
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 5 Fingers
Fred Zinnemann High Noon
1953
(26th)
Fred Zinnemann From Here to Eternity Award winner [36]
George Stevens Shane
Charles Walters Lili
Billy Wilder Stalag 17
William Wyler Roman Holiday
1954
(27th)
Elia Kazan On the Waterfront Award winner [37]
Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window
George Seaton The Country Girl
William A. Wellman The High and the Mighty
Billy Wilder Sabrina
1955
(28th)
Delbert Mann Marty Award winner [38]
Elia Kazan East of Eden
David Lean Summertime
Joshua Logan Picnic
John Sturges Bad Day at Black Rock
1956
(29th)
George Stevens Giant [39]
Michael Anderson Around the World in 80 Days Award winner
Walter Lang The King and I
King Vidor War and Peace
William Wyler Friendly Persuasion
1957
(30th)
David Lean The Bridge on the River Kwai Award winner [40]
Joshua Logan Sayonara
Sidney Lumet 12 Angry Men
Mark Robson Peyton Place
Billy Wilder Witness for the Prosecution
1958
(31st)
Vincente Minnelli Gigi Award winner [41]
Richard Brooks Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Stanley Kramer The Defiant Ones
Mark Robson The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Robert Wise I Want to Live!
1959
(32nd)
William Wyler Ben-Hur Award winner [42]
Jack Clayton Room at the Top
George Stevens The Diary of Anne Frank
Billy Wilder Some Like It Hot
Fred Zinnemann The Nun's Story
1960s
1960
(33rd)
Billy Wilder The Apartment Award winner [43]
Jack Cardiff Sons and Lovers
Jules Dassin Never on Sunday
Alfred Hitchcock Psycho
Fred Zinnemann The Sundowners
1961
(34th)
Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins West Side Story Award winner [44]
Federico Fellini La Dolce Vita
Stanley Kramer Judgment at Nuremberg
Robert Rossen The Hustler
J. Lee Thompson The Guns of Navarone
1962
(35th)
David Lean Lawrence of Arabia Award winner [45]
Pietro Germi Divorce Italian Style
Robert Mulligan To Kill a Mockingbird
Arthur Penn The Miracle Worker
Frank Perry David and Lisa
1963
(36th)
Tony Richardson Tom Jones Award winner [46]
Federico Fellini
Elia Kazan America America
Otto Preminger The Cardinal
Martin Ritt Hud
1964
(37th)
George Cukor My Fair Lady Award winner [47]
Michael Cacoyannis Zorba the Greek
Peter Glenville Becket
Stanley Kubrick Dr. Strangelove
Robert Stevenson Mary Poppins
1965
(38th)
Robert Wise The Sound of Music Award winner [48]
David Lean Doctor Zhivago
John Schlesinger Darling
Hiroshi Teshigahara Woman in the Dunes
William Wyler The Collector
1966
(39th)
Fred Zinnemann A Man for All Seasons Award winner [49]
Michelangelo Antonioni Blowup
Richard Brooks The Professionals
Claude Lelouch A Man and a Woman
Mike Nichols Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1967
(40th)
Mike Nichols The Graduate [50]
Richard Brooks In Cold Blood
Norman Jewison In the Heat of the Night Award winner
Stanley Kramer Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Arthur Penn Bonnie and Clyde
1968
(41st)
Carol Reed Oliver! Award winner [51]
Anthony Harvey The Lion in Winter
Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey
Gillo Pontecorvo The Battle of Algiers
Franco Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet
1969
(42nd)
John Schlesinger Midnight Cowboy Award winner [52]
Costa-Gavras Z
George Roy Hill Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Arthur Penn Alice's Restaurant
Sydney Pollack They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1970s
1970
(43rd)
Franklin J. Schaffner Patton Award winner [53]
Robert Altman M*A*S*H
Federico Fellini Fellini Satyricon
Arthur Hiller Love Story
Ken Russell Women in Love
1971
(44th)
William Friedkin The French Connection Award winner [54]
Peter Bogdanovich The Last Picture Show
Norman Jewison Fiddler on the Roof
Stanley Kubrick A Clockwork Orange
John Schlesinger Sunday Bloody Sunday
1972
(45th)
Bob Fosse Cabaret [55]
John Boorman Deliverance
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Award winner
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Sleuth
Jan Troell The Emigrants
1973
(46th)
George Roy Hill The Sting Award winner [56]
Ingmar Bergman Cries and Whispers
Bernardo Bertolucci Last Tango in Paris
William Friedkin The Exorcist
George Lucas American Graffiti
1974
(47th)
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part II Award winner [57]
John Cassavetes A Woman Under the Influence
Bob Fosse Lenny
Roman Polanski Chinatown
François Truffaut Day for Night
1975
(48th)
Miloš Forman One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Award winner [58]
Robert Altman Nashville
Federico Fellini Amarcord
Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon
Sidney Lumet Dog Day Afternoon
1976
(49th)
John G. Avildsen Rocky Award winner [59]
Ingmar Bergman Face to Face
Sidney Lumet Network
Alan J. Pakula All the President's Men
Lina Wertmüller Seven Beauties
1977
(50th)
Woody Allen Annie Hall Award winner [60]
George Lucas Star Wars
Herbert Ross The Turning Point
Steven Spielberg Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Fred Zinnemann Julia
1978
(51st)
Michael Cimino The Deer Hunter Award winner [61]
Woody Allen Interiors
Hal Ashby Coming Home
Warren Beatty & Buck Henry Heaven Can Wait
Alan Parker Midnight Express
1979
(52nd)
Robert Benton Kramer vs. Kramer Award winner [62]
Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now
Bob Fosse All That Jazz
Édouard Molinaro La Cage aux Folles
Peter Yates Breaking Away
1980s
1980
(53rd)
Robert Redford Ordinary People Award winner [63]
David Lynch The Elephant Man
Roman Polanski Tess
Richard Rush The Stunt Man
Martin Scorsese Raging Bull
1981
(54th)
Warren Beatty Reds [64]
Hugh Hudson Chariots of Fire Award winner
Louis Malle Atlantic City
Mark Rydell On Golden Pond
Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982
(55th)
Richard Attenborough Gandhi Award winner [65]
Sidney Lumet The Verdict
Wolfgang Petersen Das Boot
Sydney Pollack Tootsie
Steven Spielberg E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983
(56th)
James L. Brooks Terms of Endearment Award winner [66]
Bruce Beresford Tender Mercies
Ingmar Bergman Fanny and Alexander
Mike Nichols Silkwood
Peter Yates The Dresser
1984
(57th)
Miloš Forman Amadeus Award winner [67]
Woody Allen Broadway Danny Rose
Robert Benton Places in the Heart
Roland Joffé The Killing Fields
David Lean A Passage to India
1985
(58th)
Sydney Pollack Out of Africa Award winner [68]
Héctor Babenco Kiss of the Spider Woman
John Huston Prizzi's Honor
Akira Kurosawa Ran
Peter Weir Witness
1986
(59th)
Oliver Stone Platoon Award winner [69]
Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters
James Ivory A Room with a View
Roland Joffé The Mission
David Lynch Blue Velvet
1987
(60th)
Bernardo Bertolucci The Last Emperor Award winner [70]
John Boorman Hope and Glory
Lasse Hallström My Life as a Dog
Norman Jewison Moonstruck
Adrian Lyne Fatal Attraction
1988
(61st)
Barry Levinson Rain Man Award winner [71]
Charles Crichton A Fish Called Wanda
Mike Nichols Working Girl
Alan Parker Mississippi Burning
Martin Scorsese The Last Temptation of Christ
1989
(62nd)
Oliver Stone Born on the Fourth of July [72]
Woody Allen Crimes and Misdemeanors
Kenneth Branagh Henry V
Jim Sheridan My Left Foot
Peter Weir Dead Poets Society
1990s
1990
(63rd)
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves Award winner [73]
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part III
Stephen Frears The Grifters
Barbet Schroeder Reversal of Fortune
Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
1991
(64th)
Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs Award winner [74]
Barry Levinson Bugsy
Ridley Scott Thelma & Louise
John Singleton Boyz n the Hood
Oliver Stone JFK
1992
(65th)
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven Award winner [75]
Robert Altman The Player
Martin Brest Scent of a Woman
James Ivory Howards End
Neil Jordan The Crying Game
1993
(66th)
Steven Spielberg Schindler's List Award winner [76]
Robert Altman Short Cuts
Jane Campion The Piano
James Ivory The Remains of the Day
Jim Sheridan In the Name of the Father
1994
(67th)
Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump Award winner [77]
Woody Allen Bullets over Broadway
Krzysztof Kieślowski Three Colours: Red
Robert Redford Quiz Show
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
1995
(68th)
Mel Gibson Braveheart Award winner [78]
Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas
Chris Noonan Babe
Michael Radford Il Postino: The Postman
Tim Robbins Dead Man Walking
1996
(69th)
Anthony Minghella The English Patient Award winner [79]
Joel Coen Fargo
Miloš Forman The People vs. Larry Flynt
Scott Hicks Shine
Mike Leigh Secrets & Lies
1997
(70th)
James Cameron Titanic Award winner [80]
Peter Cattaneo The Full Monty
Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hereafter
Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
Gus Van Sant Good Will Hunting
1998
(71st)
Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan [81]
Roberto Benigni Life Is Beautiful
John Madden Shakespeare in Love Award winner
Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line
Peter Weir The Truman Show
1999
(72nd)
Sam Mendes American Beauty Award winner [82]
Lasse Hallström The Cider House Rules
Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich
Michael Mann The Insider
M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense
2000s
2000
(73rd)
Steven Soderbergh Traffic [83]
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot
Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ridley Scott Gladiator Award winner
Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
2001
(74th)
Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind Award winner [84]
Robert Altman Gosford Park
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
David Lynch Mulholland Drive
Ridley Scott Black Hawk Down
2002
(75th)
Roman Polanski The Pianist [85]
Pedro Almodóvar Talk to Her
Stephen Daldry The Hours
Rob Marshall Chicago Award winner
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
2003
(76th)
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Award winner [86]
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
Fernando Meirelles City of God
Peter Weir Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
2004
(77th)
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby Award winner [87]
Taylor Hackford Ray
Mike Leigh Vera Drake
Alexander Payne Sideways
Martin Scorsese The Aviator
2005
(78th)
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain [88]
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck
Paul Haggis Crash Award winner
Bennett Miller Capote
Steven Spielberg Munich
2006
(79th)
Martin Scorsese The Departed Award winner [89]
Clint Eastwood Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears The Queen
Paul Greengrass United 93
Alejandro G. Iñárritu Babel
2007
(80th)
Coen Brothers No Country for Old Men Award winner [90]
Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman Juno
Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2008
(81st)
Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire Award winner [91]
Stephen Daldry The Reader
David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant Milk
2009
(82nd)
Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker Award winner [92]
James Cameron Avatar
Lee Daniels Precious
Jason Reitman Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
2010s
2010
(83rd)
Tom Hooper The King's Speech Award winner [93]
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
Coen Brothers True Grit
David Fincher The Social Network
David O. Russell The Fighter
2011
(84th)
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist Award winner [94]
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne The Descendants
Martin Scorsese Hugo
2012
(85th)
Ang Lee Life of Pi [95]
Michael Haneke Amour
David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild
2013
(86th)
Alfonso Cuarón Gravity [96]
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave Award winner
Alexander Payne Nebraska
David O. Russell American Hustle
Martin Scorsese The Wolf of Wall Street
2014
(87th)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu Birdman Award winner [97]
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
Richard Linklater Boyhood
Bennett Miller Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum The Imitation Game
2015
(88th)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant [98]
Lenny Abrahamson Room
Tom McCarthy Spotlight Award winner
Adam McKay The Big Short
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
2016
(89th)
Damien Chazelle La La Land [99]
Mel Gibson Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins Moonlight Award winner
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve Arrival
2017
(90th)
Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water Award winner [100]
Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
Jordan Peele Get Out
2018
(91st)
Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite
Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay Vice
Paweł Pawlikowski Cold War
2019
(92nd)
Bong Joon-ho Parasite Award winner
Sam Mendes 1917
Todd Phillips Joker
Martin Scorsese The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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