NY FILM CRITICS 2012 : Best Director

The Contenders

Ang Lee
(Life of Pi)

Ben Affleck

Ben Lewin
(The Sessio..)

Benh Zeitlin
(Beasts of ..)

Christopher Nol
(The Dark K..)

David Chase
(Not Fade A..)

David O. Russel
(Silver Lin..)

Dustin Hoffman

Gary Ross
(The Hunger..)

Gus Van Sant
(Promised L..)

Joe Wright
(Anna Karen..)

John Madden
(Best Exoti..)

Joss Whedon
(The Avenge..)

Juan Antonio Ba
(The Imposs..)

Judd Apatow
(This is 40)

Kathryn Bigelow
(Zero Dark ..)

Michael Haneke

Mike Newell
(Great Expe..)

Paul Thomas And
(The Master)

Peter Jackson
(The Hobbit..)

Quentin Taranti
(Django Unc..)

Rian Johnson

Robert Zemeckis

Roger Michell
(Hyde Park ..)

Sacha Gervasi

Sam Mendes

Sarah Polley
(Take This ..)

Steven Soderber
(Magic Mike)

Steven Spielber

Tom Hooper
(Les Misera..)

Tom Tykwer and
(Cloud Atla..)

Wes Anderson
(Moonrise K..)
Best Director

Since 2000, 10 of the 12 NYFCC Best Director winners went on to at least contend at the Oscars, if not win the Academy Award; the exceptions -- Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven," 2002) and Mike Leigh ("Happy-Go-Lucky," 2008).

Seven NYFCC Best Director champs also won Oscars: Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic," 2000), Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby," 2004), Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," 2005), Martin Scorsese ("The Departed," 2006), Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country for Old Men," 2007), Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker," 2009) and Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist," 2011)

Three of the NYFCC Best Director honorees were Oscar nominees: Robert Altman ("Gosford Park," 2001) Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," 2003) and David Fincher ("The Social Network," 2010). 

Experts’ Rankings
Edward Douglas
Tariq Khan
Guy Lodge
Kathryn Bigelow
Ben Affleck
Kathryn Bigelow
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
Ben Affleck
Michael Haneke
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Daniel Montgomery
Tom O'Neil
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
Kathryn Bigelow
Ang Lee
Steven Spielberg
Paul Thomas Anderson
Kathryn Bigelow
Benh Zeitlin
Michael Haneke
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