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Best Director Nominees of the 21st Century

Best Director Nominees of the 21st Century
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Last updated: March 28, 2022
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2021
The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion
Belfast
Kenneth Branagh
Drive My Car
Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Licorice Pizza
Paul Thomas Anderson
West Side Story
Steven Spielberg
 
 
2020
Nomadland
Chloé Zhao
Another Round
Thomas Vinterberg
Mank
David Fincher
Minari
Lee Isaac Chung
Promising Young Woman
Emerald Fennell
 
 
2019
Parasite
Bong Joon-Ho
1917
Sam Mendes
Joker
Todd Phillips
The Irishman
Martin Scorsese
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino
 
 
2018
Roma
Alfonso Cuarón
The Favourite
Yorgos Lanthimos
BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee
Vice
Adam McKay
Cold War
Paweł Pawlikowski
 
 
2017
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro
Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson
Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig
Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan
Get Out
Jordan Peele
 
 
2016
La La Land
Damien Chazelle
Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson
Moonlight
Barry Jenkins
Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan
Arrival
Denis Villeneuve
 
 
2015
The Revenant
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Room
Lenny Abrahamson
Spotlight
Tom McCarthy
The Big Short
Adam McKay
Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller
 
 
2014
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson
Boyhood
Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher
Bennett Miller
The Imitation Game
Morten Tyldum
2013
Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen
Nebraska
Aleander Payne
American Hustle
David O. Russell
The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese
 
 
2012
Life of Pi
Ang Lee
Amour
Michael Haneke
Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell
Lincoln
Steven Spielberg
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Benh Zeitlin
 
 
2011
The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius
Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick
The Descendants
Alexander Payne
Hugo
Martin Scorsese
 
 
2010
The King's Speech
Tom Hooper
Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky
True Grit
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
The Social Network
David Fincher
The Fighter
David O. Russell
 
 
2009
The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow
Avatar
James Cameron
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Lee Daniels
Up in the Air
Jason Reitman
Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino
 
 
2008
Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle
The Reader
Stephen Daldry
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
David Fincher
Frost/Nion
Ron Howard
Milk
Gus Van Sant
 
 
2007
No Country for Old Men
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
There Will Be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson
Michael Clayton
Tony Gilroy
Juno
Jason Reitman
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Julian Schnabel
2006
The Departed
Martin Scorsese
Letters from Iwo Jima
Clint Eastwood
The Queen
Stephen Frears
United 93
Paul Greengrass
Babel
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
 
 
2005
Brokeback Mountain
Ang Lee
Good Night, and Good Luck
George Clooney
Crash
Paul Haggis
Capote
Bennett Miller
Munich
Steven Spielberg
 
 
2004
Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood
Ray
Taylor Hackford
Vera Drake
Mike Leigh
Sideways
Alexander Payne
The Aviator
Martin Scorsese
 
 
2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Jackson
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola
Mystic River
Clint Eastwood
City of God
Fernando Meirelles
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Peter Weir
 
 
2002
The Pianist
Roman Polanski
Talk to Her
Pedro Almodóvar
The Hours
Stephen Daldry
Chicago
Rob Marshall
Gangs of New York
Martin Scorsese
 
 
2001
A Beautiful Mind
Ron Howard
Gosford Park
Robert Altman
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Peter Jackson
Mulholland Drive
David Lynch
Black Hawk Down
Ridley Scott
 
 
2000
Traffic
Steven Soderbergh
Billy Elliot
Stephen Daldry
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ang Lee
Gladiator
Ridley Scott
Erin Brockovich
Steven Soderbergh
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