Best Director

the 20s

  • 1927/28 – Franz Borzage for 7th Heaven and Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian Knights
  • 1928/29 – Frank Llyod for The Divine Lady
  • 1929/30 – Lewis Milestone for All Quiet on the Western Front

the 30s

  • 1930/31 – Norman Taurog for Skippy
  • 1931/32 – Franz Borzage for Bad Girl
  • 1932/33 – Frank Llyod for Cavalcade
  • 1934 – Frank Capra for It Happened One Night
  • 1935 – John Ford for The Informer
  • 1936 – Frank Capra for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • 1937 – Leo McCarey for The Awful Truth
  • 1938 – Frank Capra for You Can’t Take It with You
  • 1939 – Victor Fleming for Gone with the Wind

the 40s

  • 1940 – John Ford for The Grapes of Wrath
  • 1941 – John Ford for How Green Was My Valley
  • 1942 – William Wyler for Mrs. Miniver
  • 1943 – Michael Curtiz for Casablanca
  • 1944 – Leo McCarey for Going My Way
  • 1945 – Billy Wilder for The Lost Weekend
  • 1946 – William Wyler for The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 1947 – Elia Kazan for Gentleman’s Agreement
  • 1948 – John Huston for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • 1949 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A Letter to the Three Wives

the 50s

  • 1950 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz for All About Eve
  • 1951 – George Stevens for A Place in the Sun
  • 1952 – John Ford for The Quiet Man
  • 1953 – Fred Zinnemann for From Here to Eternity
  • 1954 – Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront
  • 1955 – Delbert Mann for Marty
  • 1956 – George Stevens for Giant
  • 1957 – David Lean for The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • 1958 – Vincente Minelli for Gigi
  • 1959 – William Wyler for Ben-Hur

the 60s

  • 1960 – Billy Wilder for The Apartment
  • 1961 – Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for West Side Story
  • 1962 – David Lean for Lawrence of Arabia
  • 1963 – Tony Richardson for Tom Jones
  • 1964 – George Cukor for My Fair Lady
  • 1965 – Robert Wise for The Sound of Music
  • 1966 – Fred Zinnemann for A Man for All Seasons
  • 1967 – Mike Nichols for The Graduate
  • 1968 – Carol Reed for Oliver!
  • 1969 – John Schlesinger for Midnight Cowboy

the 70s

  • 1970 – Franklin J. Schaffner for Patton
  • 1971 – William Friedkin for The French Connection
  • 1972 – Bob Fosse for Cabaret
  • 1973 – George Roy Hill for The Sting
  • 1974 – Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather Part II
  • 1975 – Miloš Forman for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • 1976 – John G. Avildsen for Rocky
  • 1977 – Woody Allen for Annie Hall
  • 1978 – Michael Cimino for The Deer Hunter
  • 1979 – Robert Benton for Kramer vs. Kramer

the 80s

  • 1980 – Robert Redford for Ordinary People
  • 1981 – Warren Beatty for Reds
  • 1982 – Richard Attenborough for Gandhi
  • 1983 – James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment
  • 1984 – Miloš Forman for Amadeus
  • 1985 – Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa
  • 1986 – Oliver Stone for Platoon
  • 1987 – Bernardo Bertolucci for The Last Emperor
  • 1988 – Barry Levinson for Rain Man
  • 1989 – Oliver Stone for Born on the Fourth of July

the 90s

  • 1990 – Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves
  • 1991 – Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs
  • 1992 – Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven
  • 1993 – Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List
  • 1994 – Robert Zemeckis for Forrest Gump
  • 1995 – Mel Gibson for Braveheart
  • 1996 – Anthony Mingella for The English Patient
  • 1997 – James Cameron for Titanic
  • 1998 – Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan
  • 1999 – Sam Mendes for American Beauty

the 2000s

  • 2000 – Steven Soderbergh for Traffic
  • 2001 – Ron Howard for A Beautiful Mind
  • 2002 – Roman Polanski for The Pianist
  • 2003 – Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • 2004 – Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby
  • 2005 – Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain
  • 2006 – Martin Scorsese for The Departed
  • 2007 – Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
  • 2008 – Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
  • 2009 – Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

the 2010s

  • 2010 – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
  • 2011 – Michael Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • 2012 – Ang Lee for Life of Pi
  • 2013 – Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
  • 2014 – Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • 2015 – Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant
  • 2016 – TBA

 

 

 

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