Golden Globe Award for Best Director

The Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture is a Golden Globe Award that has been presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization composed of journalists who cover the United States film industry for publications based outside North America, since 1943.

Golden Globe for Best Director – Motion Picture
The 2023 recipient: Christopher Nolan
Awarded forBest Director of a Motion Picture
LocationUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held byChristopher Nolan for Oppenheimer (2023)

Having won all four of his nominations, Elia Kazan has been honored most often in this category. Clint Eastwood, Miloš Forman, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone tie for second place with three wins each. Steven Spielberg has had the most nominations (fourteen). Barbra Streisand, Chloé Zhao and Jane Campion are the only women to have won the award.

Receiving the award in 1984 for Yentl, Barbra Streisand became the first woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Director.[1]

She remained the only woman to win a Golden Globe for directing for 37 years until Chloé Zhao won the award for Nomadland in 2021 and became the second woman and the first Asian woman to do so.[2]

In the following lists, the first names, listed in bold type against a blue background, are the winners, and the following names are the remaining nominees. The years given are those in which the films under consideration were released, not the year of the ceremony, which takes place in January of the following year.

Winners and nominees edit

Henry King was the first recipient of this award for The Song of Bernadette (1943)
Billy Wilder won twice for The Lost Weekend (1945) and Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Elia Kazan won four times for Gentleman's Agreement (1947), On the Waterfront (1954), Baby Doll (1956), and America America (1963)
John Huston won twice for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Cecil B. DeMille won for The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Vincent Minnelli won for Gigi (1958)
David Lean won thrice The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Doctor Zhivago (1965)
William Wyler won for Ben-Hur (1959)
Stanley Kramer won for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
George Cukor won for My Fair Lady (1964)
Mike Nichols won for The Graduate (1967)
Paul Newman won for Rachel, Rachel (1968)
William Friedkin won twice for The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973)
Francis Ford Coppola won twice for The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979)
Roman Polanski won for Chinatown (1974)
Milos Forman won thrice for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Amadeus (1984), and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Sidney Lumet won for Network (1976)
Robert Redford won for Ordinary People (1980)
Warren Beatty won for Reds (1981)
Richard Attenborough won for Gandhi (1982)
Barbra Streisand won for Yentl (1983)
Oliver Stone won thrice for Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), and JFK (1991)
Bernardo Bertolucci won for The Last Emperor (1987)
Clint Eastwood won thrice for Bird (1988), Unforgiven (1992), and Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Kevin Costner won for Dances with Wolves (1990)
Steven Spielberg won thrice for Schindler's List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and The Fabelmans (2022)
Robert Zemeckis won for Forrest Gump (1994)
Mel Gibson won for Braveheart (1995)
James Cameron won twice for Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009)
Sam Mendes won twice American Beauty (1999) and 1917 (2019)
Ang Lee won twice Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Robert Altman won for Gosford Park (2002)
Peter Jackson won for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Martin Scorsese won thrice for Gangs of New York (2002), The Departed (2006), and Hugo (2011)
Danny Boyle won for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
David Fincher won for The Social Network (2010)
Ben Affleck won for Argo (2012)
Damien Chazelle won for La La Land (2016)
Alejandro González Iñárritu won for The Revenant (2015)
Guillermo del Toro won for The Shape of Water (2017)
Alfonso Cuarón won twice for Gravity (2013) and Roma (2018)
Chloé Zhao won for Nomadland (2020)
Jane Campion won for The Power of the Dog (2021)
Christopher Nolan won for Oppenheimer (2023)

1940s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
1943 Henry King The Song of Bernadette [3]
1944 Leo McCarey Going My Way [4]
1945 Billy Wilder The Lost Weekend [5]
1946 Frank Capra It's a Wonderful Life [6]
1947 Elia Kazan Gentleman's Agreement [7]
1948 John Huston The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [8]
1949 Robert Rossen All the King's Men

1950s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
1950 Billy Wilder Sunset Boulevard
Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve
John Huston The Asphalt Jungle
George Cukor Born Yesterday
1951 László Benedek Death of a Salesman
Vincente Minnelli An American in Paris
George Stevens A Place in the Sun
1952 Cecil B. DeMille The Greatest Show on Earth
Richard Fleischer The Happy Time
John Ford The Quiet Man
1953 Fred Zinnemann From Here to Eternity [9]
1954 Elia Kazan On the Waterfront [10]
1955 Joshua Logan Picnic [11]
1956 Elia Kazan Baby Doll
Michael Anderson Around the World in 80 Days
George Stevens Giant
Vincente Minnelli Lust for Life
King Vidor War and Peace
1957 David Lean The Bridge on the River Kwai
Sidney Lumet 12 Angry Men
Fred Zinnemann A Hatful of Rain
Joshua Logan Sayonara
Billy Wilder Witness for the Prosecution
1958 Vincente Minnelli Gigi
Richard Brooks Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Stanley Kramer The Defiant Ones
Robert Wise I Want to Live!
Delbert Mann Separate Tables
1959 William Wyler Ben-Hur
Otto Preminger Anatomy of a Murder
George Stevens The Diary of Anne Frank
Fred Zinnemann The Nun's Story
Stanley Kramer On the Beach

1960s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
1960 Jack Cardiff Sons and Lovers
Billy Wilder The Apartment
Richard Brooks Elmer Gantry
Stanley Kubrick Spartacus
Fred Zinnemann The Sundowners
1961 Stanley Kramer Judgment at Nuremberg
William Wyler The Children's Hour
Anthony Mann El Cid
J. Lee Thompson The Guns of Navarone
Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise West Side Story
1962 David Lean Lawrence of Arabia
George Cukor The Chapman Report
Blake Edwards Days of Wine and Roses
John Huston Freud: The Secret Passion
Mervyn LeRoy Gypsy
Martin Ritt Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
Stanley Kubrick Lolita
John Frankenheimer The Manchurian Candidate
Morton DaCosta The Music Man
Ismael Rodríguez My Son, the Hero (Los Hermanos Del Hierro)
Robert Mulligan To Kill a Mockingbird
1963 Elia Kazan America America
Otto Preminger The Cardinal
Hall Bartlett The Caretakers
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cleopatra
Robert Wise The Haunting
Martin Ritt Hud
Tony Richardson Tom Jones
George Englund The Ugly American
1964 George Cukor My Fair Lady
Peter Glenville Becket
John Huston The Night of the Iguana
John Frankenheimer Seven Days in May
Michael Cacoyannis Zorba the Greek
1965 David Lean Doctor Zhivago
William Wyler The Collector
John Schlesinger Darling
Guy Green A Patch of Blue
Robert Wise The Sound of Music
1966 Fred Zinnemann A Man for All Seasons
Lewis Gilbert Alfie
Claude Lelouch A Man and a Woman
Robert Wise The Sand Pebbles
Mike Nichols Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1967 Mike Nichols The Graduate
Arthur Penn Bonnie and Clyde
Mark Rydell The Fox
Stanley Kramer Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Norman Jewison In the Heat of the Night
1968 Paul Newman Rachel, Rachel
William Wyler Funny Girl
Anthony Harvey The Lion in Winter
Carol Reed Oliver!
Franco Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet
1969 Charles Jarrott Anne of the Thousand Days
Gene Kelly Hello, Dolly!
John Schlesinger Midnight Cowboy
Stanley Kramer The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Sydney Pollack They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

1970s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
1970 Arthur Hiller Love Story
Bob Rafelson Five Easy Pieces
Robert Altman M*A*S*H
Franklin J. Schaffner Patton
Ken Russell Women in Love
1971 William Friedkin The French Connection
Stanley Kubrick A Clockwork Orange
Norman Jewison Fiddler on the Roof
Peter Bogdanovich The Last Picture Show
Robert Mulligan Summer of '42
1972 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather
Billy Wilder Avanti!
Bob Fosse Cabaret
John Boorman Deliverance
Alfred Hitchcock Frenzy
1973 William Friedkin The Exorcist
George Lucas American Graffiti
Fred Zinnemann The Day of the Jackal
Bernardo Bertolucci Last Tango in Paris
Peter Bogdanovich Paper Moon
1974 Roman Polanski Chinatown
Francis Ford Coppola The Conversation
The Godfather Part II
Bob Fosse Lenny
John Cassavetes A Woman Under the Influence
1975 Miloš Forman One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon
Sidney Lumet Dog Day Afternoon
Steven Spielberg Jaws
Robert Altman Nashville
1976 Sidney Lumet Network
Alan J. Pakula All the President's Men
Hal Ashby Bound for Glory
John Schlesinger Marathon Man
John G. Avildsen Rocky
1977 Herbert Ross The Turning Point
Woody Allen Annie Hall
Steven Spielberg Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Fred Zinnemann Julia
George Lucas Star Wars
1978 Michael Cimino The Deer Hunter
Hal Ashby Coming Home
Terrence Malick Days of Heaven
Woody Allen Interiors
Alan Parker Midnight Express
Paul Mazursky An Unmarried Woman
1979 Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now
Hal Ashby Being There
Peter Yates Breaking Away
James Bridges The China Syndrome
Robert Benton Kramer vs. Kramer

1980s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
1980 Robert Redford Ordinary People
David Lynch The Elephant Man
Martin Scorsese Raging Bull
Richard Rush The Stunt Man
Roman Polanski Tess
1981 Warren Beatty Reds
Louis Malle Atlantic City
Mark Rydell On Golden Pond
Sidney Lumet Prince of the City
Miloš Forman Ragtime
Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 Richard Attenborough Gandhi
Steven Spielberg E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Constantin Costa-Gavras Missing
Sydney Pollack Tootsie
Sidney Lumet The Verdict
1983 Barbra Streisand Yentl
Peter Yates The Dresser
Ingmar Bergman Fanny and Alexander
Mike Nichols Silkwood
Bruce Beresford Tender Mercies
James L. Brooks Terms of Endearment
1984 Miloš Forman Amadeus
Francis Ford Coppola The Cotton Club
Roland Joffé The Killing Fields
Sergio Leone Once Upon a Time in America
David Lean A Passage to India
1985 John Huston Prizzi's Honor
Richard Attenborough A Chorus Line
Steven Spielberg The Color Purple
Sydney Pollack Out of Africa
Peter Weir Witness
1986 Oliver Stone Platoon
Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters
Roland Joffé The Mission
James Ivory A Room with a View
Rob Reiner Stand by Me
1987 Bernardo Bertolucci The Last Emperor
James L. Brooks Broadcast News
Richard Attenborough Cry Freedom
Adrian Lyne Fatal Attraction
John Boorman Hope and Glory
1988 Clint Eastwood Bird
Fred Schepisi A Cry in the Dark
Alan Parker Mississippi Burning
Barry Levinson Rain Man
Sidney Lumet Running on Empty
Mike Nichols Working Girl
1989 Oliver Stone Born on the Fourth of July
Peter Weir Dead Poets Society
Spike Lee Do the Right Thing
Edward Zwick Glory
Rob Reiner When Harry Met Sally...

1990s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
1990 Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part III
Martin Scorsese Goodfellas
Barbet Schroeder Reversal of Fortune
Bernardo Bertolucci The Sheltering Sky
1991 Oliver Stone JFK
Barry Levinson Bugsy
Terry Gilliam The Fisher King
Barbra Streisand The Prince of Tides
Jonathan Demme The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
Rob Reiner A Few Good Men
James Ivory Howards End
Robert Altman The Player
Robert Redford A River Runs Through It
1993 Steven Spielberg Schindler's List
Martin Scorsese The Age of Innocence
Andrew Davis The Fugitive
Jane Campion The Piano
James Ivory The Remains of the Day
1994 Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump
Edward Zwick Legends of the Fall
Oliver Stone Natural Born Killers
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction
Robert Redford Quiz Show
1995 Mel Gibson Braveheart
Rob Reiner The American President
Ron Howard Apollo 13
Martin Scorsese Casino
Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas
Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility
1996 Miloš Forman The People vs. Larry Flynt
Anthony Minghella The English Patient
Alan Parker Evita
Joel Coen Fargo
Scott Hicks Shine
1997 James Cameron Titanic
Steven Spielberg Amistad
James L. Brooks As Good as It Gets
Jim Sheridan The Boxer
Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
Shekhar Kapur Elizabeth
Robert Redford The Horse Whisperer
John Madden Shakespeare in Love
Peter Weir The Truman Show
1999 Sam Mendes American Beauty
Neil Jordan The End of the Affair
Norman Jewison The Hurricane
Michael Mann The Insider
Anthony Minghella The Talented Mr. Ripley

2000s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
2000 Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
Ridley Scott Gladiator
István Szabó Sunshine
Steven Soderbergh Traffic
2001 Robert Altman Gosford Park
Steven Spielberg A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Ron Howard A Beautiful Mind
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!
David Lynch Mulholland Drive
2002 Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
Alexander Payne About Schmidt
Spike Jonze Adaptation.
Rob Marshall Chicago
Stephen Daldry The Hours
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Anthony Minghella Cold Mountain
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Peter Weir Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
2004 Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
Martin Scorsese The Aviator
Mike Nichols Closer
Marc Forster Finding Neverland
Alexander Payne Sideways
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
Fernando Meirelles The Constant Gardener
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck.
Peter Jackson King Kong
Woody Allen Match Point
Steven Spielberg Munich
2006 Martin Scorsese The Departed
Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel
Clint Eastwood Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears The Queen
2007 Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Ridley Scott American Gangster
Joe Wright Atonement
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Tim Burton Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2008 Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard Frost/Nixon
Stephen Daldry The Reader
Sam Mendes Revolutionary Road
2009 James Cameron Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
Clint Eastwood Invictus
Jason Reitman Up in the Air

2010s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
2010 David Fincher The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
David O. Russell The Fighter
Christopher Nolan Inception
Tom Hooper The King's Speech
2011 Martin Scorsese Hugo
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Alexander Payne The Descendants
George Clooney The Ides of March
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
2012 Ben Affleck Argo
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
Ang Lee Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg Lincoln
Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell American Hustle
Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips
Alexander Payne Nebraska
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Fincher Gone Girl
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay Selma
2015 Alejandro González Iñárritu The Revenant
Todd Haynes Carol
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott The Martian
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
2016 Damien Chazelle La La Land
Mel Gibson Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Tom Ford Nocturnal Animals
2017 Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
Ridley Scott All the Money in the World
Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
Steven Spielberg The Post
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman
Peter Farrelly Green Book
Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
Adam McKay Vice
2019 Sam Mendes 1917
Martin Scorsese The Irishman
Todd Phillips Joker
Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho Parasite

2020s edit

Year Name Film Ref.
2020 Chloé Zhao Nomadland
David Fincher Mank
Regina King One Night in Miami...
Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman
Aaron Sorkin The Trial of the Chicago 7
2021 Jane Campion The Power of the Dog
Kenneth Branagh Belfast
Denis Villeneuve Dune
Maggie Gyllenhaal The Lost Daughter
Steven Spielberg West Side Story
2022 Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans
James Cameron Avatar: The Way of Water
Martin McDonagh The Banshees of Inisherin
Baz Luhrmann Elvis
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Everything Everywhere All at Once
2023 Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer
Greta Gerwig Barbie
Martin Scorsese Killers of the Flower Moon
Bradley Cooper Maestro
Celine Song Past Lives
Yorgos Lanthimos Poor Things

Multiple nominations edit

More than 5 nominations edit

5 nominations edit

4 nominations edit

3 nominations edit

2 nominations edit

Multiple winners edit

4 awards
3 awards
2 awards

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "The Snubbing of Streisand: Did the Academy Judge 'Yentl' -- or Her?". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Golden Globes: 'Tears' as Chloe Zhao becomes first Asian woman to win best director". BBC News. March 1, 2021. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
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  8. ^ "HFPS Golden Globes 1948". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-06-26. Nominations for 1948 are not available.
  9. ^ "HFPS Golden Globes 1953". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 2007-07-06. Retrieved 2007-06-26. Nominations for 1953 are not available.
  10. ^ "HFPS Golden Globes 1954". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-06-26. Nominations for 1954 are not available.
  11. ^ "HFPS Golden Globes 1955". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-26. Nominations for 1955 are not available.

General edit