New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director

The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director is one of the awards given by the New York Film Critics Circle to honour the finest achievements in filmmaking.

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
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Current recipient: Jane Campion
Awarded forBest Director
CountryUnited States
Presented byNew York Film Critics Circle
First awardedJohn Ford
The Informer (1935)
Currently held byJane Campion
The Power of the Dog (2021)

In the last three decades (1970s, 1980s, and 1990s), the New York Film Critics have rarely made the same choice as the Academy Awards. Both associations have agreed on the same winner, over the period 1970–1999, on the following: Woody Allen for Annie Hall (1977) and Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs (1991). It’s notable that from 2000 to 2009, the critics’ group have agreed with the Academy on six occasions: Steven Soderbergh for Traffic (2000), Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby (2004), Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Martin Scorsese for The Departed (2006), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men (2007), and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009).


Oscar winner denoted by * while nominee denoted by ≈


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 *[1]
The Long Voyage Home
1941 John Ford * 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[2]
Gentleman's Agreement *
1948 John Huston * The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1949 Carol Reed The Fallen Idol[3]


Year Winner Film
1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz * All About Eve
1951 Elia Kazan A Streetcar Named Desire
1952 Fred Zinnemann High Noon
1953 Fred Zinnemann * 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[4]
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 Erin Brockovich
Traffic *
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


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


Year Winner Film
2020 Chloé Zhao * Nomadland[7]
2021 Jane Campion The Power of the Dog[8]


  1. ^ The Grapes of Wrath: Previous Broadcasts|KQED Public Television
  2. ^ The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan - Google Books (pg.622)
  3. ^ THE FALLEN IDOL Info & Tickets|Landmark Theatres
  5. ^ Kathryn Bigelow First Woman to Win New York Film Critics for Best Director Twice - Jezebel
  6. ^ "'Lady Bird' Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  8. ^ New York Film Critics Circle: 2021 Winners List — Deadline

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