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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 (1970s, 1980s and 1990s) decades the New York Film Critics have rarely made the same choice as the Academy (Oscars). Over the period 1970-1999 only in 1977: Woody Allen for Annie Hall and in 1991: Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs the NYFCC made the same chose for Best Director as the Academy. It's notable that in this decade (2000-2009), the critics group have already agreed with the Oscars on six occasions: 2000 Steven Soderbergh for Traffic, 2004 Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby, 2005 Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain, 2006 Martin Scorsese for The Departed, 2007 Coen brothers for No Country for Old Men and 2009 Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.


Oscar winner 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
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
Gentleman's Agreement *
1948 John Huston * The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1949 Carol Reed The Fallen Idol


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 I Remember (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
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
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 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
2013 Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood