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.

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 *


Year Winner Film
1935John Ford * The Informer
1936Rouben MamoulianThe Gay Desperado
1937Gregory La Cava Stage Door
1938Alfred HitchcockThe Lady Vanishes
1939John FordStagecoach


Year Winner Film
1940John Ford The Grapes of Wrath *
The Long Voyage Home
1941John Ford * How Green Was My Valley
1942John FarrowWake Island
1943George StevensThe More the Merrier
1944Leo McCarey * Going My Way
1945Billy Wilder * The Lost Weekend
1946William Wyler * The Best Years of Our Lives
1947Elia KazanBoomerang
Gentleman's Agreement *
1948John Huston * The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1949Carol Reed The Fallen Idol


Year Winner Film
1950Joseph L. Mankiewicz * All About Eve
1951Elia KazanA Streetcar Named Desire
1952Fred ZinnemannHigh Noon
1953Fred Zinnemann * From Here to Eternity
1954Elia Kazan * On the Waterfront
1955David LeanSummertime
1956John HustonMoby Dick
1957David Lean * The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958Stanley KramerThe Defiant Ones
1959Fred ZinnemannThe Nun's Story


Year Winner Film
1960Jack CardiffSons and Lovers
Billy Wilder * The Apartment
1961Robert Rossen The Hustler
1962No award given (newspaper strike)
1963Tony Richardson * Tom Jones
1964Stanley KubrickDr. Strangelove
1965John SchlesingerDarling
1966Fred Zinnemann * A Man for All Seasons
1967Mike Nichols * The Graduate
1968Paul NewmanRachel, Rachel


Year Winner Film
1970Bob RafelsonFive Easy Pieces
1971Stanley KubrickA Clockwork Orange
1972Ingmar BergmanCries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)
1973François TruffautDay for Night
1974Federico FelliniAmarcord
1975Robert AltmanNashville
1976Alan J. PakulaAll the President's Men
1977Woody Allen * Annie Hall
1978Terrence MalickDays of Heaven
1979Woody AllenManhattan


Year Winner Film
1980Jonathan DemmeMelvin and Howard
1981Sidney LumetPrince of the City
1982Sydney PollackTootsie
1983Ingmar BergmanFanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander)
1984David LeanA Passage to India
1985John HustonPrizzi's Honor
1986Woody AllenHannah and Her Sisters
1987James L. BrooksBroadcast News
1988Chris MengesA World Apart
1989Paul MazurskyEnemies, A Love Story


Year Winner Film
1990Martin ScorseseGoodfellas
1991Jonathan Demme * The Silence of the Lambs
1992Robert AltmanThe Player
1993Jane CampionThe Piano
1994Quentin TarantinoPulp Fiction
1995Ang LeeSense and Sensibility
1996Lars von TrierBreaking the Waves
1997Curtis HansonL.A. Confidential
1998Terrence MalickThe Thin Red Line
1999Mike LeighTopsy-Turvy


Year Winner Film
2000Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich
Traffic *
2001Robert AltmanGosford Park
2002Todd HaynesFar from Heaven
2003Sofia CoppolaLost in Translation
2004Clint Eastwood * Million Dollar Baby
2005Ang Lee * Brokeback Mountain
2006Martin Scorsese * The Departed
2007Joel Coen and Ethan Coen * No Country for Old Men
2008Mike LeighHappy-Go-Lucky
2009Kathryn Bigelow * The Hurt Locker


Year Winner Film
2010David FincherThe Social Network
2011Michel Hazanavicius * The Artist
2012Kathryn BigelowZero Dark Thirty
2013Steve McQueen12 Years a Slave
2014Richard LinklaterBoyhood
2015Todd HaynesCarol
2016Barry Jenkins Moonlight
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