Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director is an annual award given by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.



Year Winner Film Ref
2000 Steven Soderbergh Traffic [1]
Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream [1]
Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [1]
2001 Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!
Robert Altman Gosford Park
Wes Anderson The Royal Tenenbaums
David Lynch Mulholland Drive
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002 Stephen Daldry The Hours [2]
Roman Polanski The Pianist
Martin Scorsese Gangs of New York
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
2004 Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby
Alexander Payne Sideways
Martin Scorsese The Aviator
2005 Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck.
David Cronenberg A History of Violence
2006 Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men
Clint Eastwood Letters from Iwo Jima
Martin Scorsese The Departed
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
Jason Reitman Juno
2008 David Fincher The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [3]
Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
Gus Van Sant Milk
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
Jason Reitman Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Winner Film Ref
2010 David Fincher The Social Network [4]
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen True Grit
2011 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life [5]
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Martin Scorsese Hugo
2012 Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg Lincoln
2013 Alfonso Cuaron Gravity
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
2014 Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater Boyhood
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
2015 George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Todd Haynes Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu The Revenant
2016 Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Denis Villeneuve Arrival
2017 Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan Dunkirk
2018 Paul Schrader First Reformed [6]
Alfonso Cuarón Roma [7]
Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite [7]
2019 Bong Joon-ho Parasite [8]
Sam Mendes 1917 [9]
Martin Scorsese The Irishman [9]


  1. ^ a b c "Vancouver film critics pick Quebec film Maelstrom as best Canadian film". Canadian Press, February 14, 2001.
  2. ^ "Vancouver critics pick best of 2002". Calgary Herald, January 30, 2002.
  3. ^ "Vancouver critics praise ‘Milk’". Variety, January 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Incendies, Barney’s lead Vancouver Critics Awards". Playback, January 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Vancouver critics name The Artist top film of 2011". The Globe and Mail, January 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "Vancouver Film Critics Circle names 'Roma' best picture". CTV News. December 18, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (December 12, 2018). "'The Favourite' Leads Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "20th Annual International Award Winners". Vancouver Film Critics Circle . December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "2020 Nominees Announced". Vancouver Film Critics Circle. December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 17, 2019.