Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Director

The Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Director is an annual film award given by the Online Film Critics Society to honor the best director of the year.



Year Winner Film
1997 James Cameron Titanic
Paul Thomas Anderson Boogie Nights
Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line
Peter Weir The Truman Show
1999 Sam Mendes American Beauty
David Fincher Fight Club
Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich
Stanley Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut
Michael Mann The Insider


Year Winner Film
2000 Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream
Cameron Crowe Almost Famous
Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Steven Soderbergh Traffic
Lars von Trier Dancer in the Dark
2001 David Lynch Mulholland Drive
Joel Coen The Man Who Wasn't There
Todd Field In the Bedroom
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!
Christopher Nolan Memento
2002 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Todd Haynes Far from Heaven
Spike Jonze Adaptation.
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
Steven Spielberg Minority Report
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
Alejandro González Iñárritu 21 Grams
Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Volume 1
2004 Michel Gondry Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
Alexander Payne Sideways
Martin Scorsese The Aviator
Zhang Yimou Hero
2005 David Cronenberg A History of Violence
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck.
Peter Jackson King Kong
Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
Steven Spielberg Munich
2006 Martin Scorsese The Departed
Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men
Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth
Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel
Paul Greengrass United 93
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
David Cronenberg Eastern Promises
David Fincher Zodiac
Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2008 Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight
Darren Aronofsky The Wrestler
Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Andrew Stanton WALL-E
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
Neill Blomkamp District 9
James Cameron Avatar
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen A Serious Man
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Winner 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 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Martin Scorsese Hugo
Lars von Trier Melancholia
Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
2012 Paul Thomas Anderson The Master
Ben Affleck Argo
Wes Anderson Moonrise Kingdom
Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Leos Carax Holy Motors
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Spike Jonze Her
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
Hayao Miyazaki The Wind Rises
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne Two Days, One Night
Ava DuVernay Selma
Jonathan Glazer Under the Skin
2015 George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Todd Haynes Carol
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
Ridley Scott The Martian
Denis Villeneuve Sicario
2016 Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Pablo Larraín Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve Arrival
2017 Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Jordan Peele Get Out
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk
Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite
Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman
Lynne Ramsay You Were Never Really Here
2019 Bong Joon-ho Parasite
Sam Mendes 1917
Céline Sciamma Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Martin Scorsese The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time in Hollywood