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The Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Director is one of the annual awards given by the Toronto Film Critics Association.



Year Winner Film
1997 Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hereafter
Paul Thomas Anderson Boogie Nights
James Cameron Titanic
Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
Ang Lee The Ice Storm
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
Steven Soderbergh Out of Sight
Todd Solondz Happiness
1999 Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia
Sam Mendes American Beauty
Steven Soderbergh The Limey


Year Winner Film
2000 Steven Soderbergh Traffic
Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2001 David Lynch Mulholland Drive
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amélie
2002 Paul Thomas Anderson Punch-Drunk Love
Alfonso Cuarón Y Tu Mamá También
Todd Haynes Far from Heaven
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 Michel Gondry Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2005 David Cronenberg A History of Violence
2006 Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne The Child (L'Enfant)
Stephen Frears The Queen
Paul Greengrass United 93
Martin Scorsese The Departed
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
David Cronenberg Eastern Promises
David Fincher Zodiac
2008 Jonathan Demme Rachel Getting Married
Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
Andrew Stanton WALL-E
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
Steve McQueen Hunger
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Winner Film
2010 David Fincher The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
Christopher Nolan Inception
2011 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
2012[1] Paul Thomas Anderson The Master
Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Leos Carax Holy Motors
2013[2] Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
2015[3] Todd Haynes Carol
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
2016[4] Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
2017[5] Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread
Jordan Peele Get Out
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Lee Chang-dong Burning
Paul Schrader First Reformed
2019[6] Bong Joon-ho Parasite
Noah Baumbach Marriage Story
Martin Scorsese The Irishman


Year Winner Film
2020[7] Chloé Zhao Nomadland
Kelly Reichardt First Cow
Lee Isaac Chung Minari


  1. ^ "Toronto Critics Champion 'The Master'". IndieWire. December 18, 2012.
  2. ^ "Toronto film critics name Coen brothers movie the best of 2013". The Globe and Mail, December 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "'Carol' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, December 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Vlessing, Etan (December 12, 2016). "'Moonlight' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics". The Hollywood Reporter, December 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Parasite' big winner at Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". Toronto Star, December 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, February 7, 2021.