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 Ref
1997 Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hereafter [1]
Paul Thomas Anderson Boogie Nights
James Cameron Titanic
Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential
Ang Lee The Ice Storm
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan [2]
Steven Soderbergh Out of Sight
Todd Solondz Happiness
1999 Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia [3]
Sam Mendes American Beauty
Steven Soderbergh The Limey


Year Winner Film Ref
2000 Steven Soderbergh Traffic [4]
Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2001 David Lynch Mulholland Drive [5]
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amélie
2002 Paul Thomas Anderson Punch-Drunk Love [6]
Alfonso Cuarón Y Tu Mamá También
Todd Haynes Far from Heaven
2003 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [7]
2004 Michel Gondry Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [8]
2005 David Cronenberg A History of Violence [9]
2006 Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne The Child (L'Enfant) [10]
Stephen Frears The Queen
Paul Greengrass United 93
Martin Scorsese The Departed
2007 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men [11]
David Cronenberg Eastern Promises
David Fincher Zodiac
2008 Jonathan Demme Rachel Getting Married [12]
Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire
Andrew Stanton WALL-E
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker [13]
Steve McQueen Hunger
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds


Year Winner Film Ref
2010 David Fincher The Social Network [14]
Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
Christopher Nolan Inception
2011 Terrence Malick The Tree of Life [15]
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
2012 Paul Thomas Anderson The Master [16]
Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty
Leos Carax Holy Motors
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity [17]
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood [18]
Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
2015 Todd Haynes Carol [19]
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 Maren Ade Toni Erdmann [20]
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
2017 Greta Gerwig Lady Bird [21]
Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread
Jordan Peele Get Out
2018 Alfonso Cuarón Roma [22]
Lee Chang-dong Burning
Paul Schrader First Reformed
2019 Bong Joon-ho Parasite [23]
Noah Baumbach Marriage Story
Martin Scorsese The Irishman


Year Winner Film Ref
2020 Chloé Zhao Nomadland [24]
Kelly Reichardt First Cow
Lee Isaac Chung Minari
2021 Jane Campion The Power of the Dog [25]
Ryusuke Hamaguchi Drive My Car
Denis Villeneuve Dune
2022 Charlotte Wells Aftersun [26]
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Everything Everywhere All at Once
Sarah Polley Women Talking
2023 Jonathan Glazer The Zone of Interest [27]
Martin Scorsese Killers of the Flower Moon
Justine Triet Anatomy of a Fall


  1. ^ Liam Lacey, "Egoyan film top pick". The Globe and Mail, January 15, 1998.
  2. ^ "War movies are the big winners". Hamilton Spectator, December 18, 1998.
  3. ^ "Toronto critics pick Magnolia as best film of 1999 Yet-unreleased second picture from director of Boogie Nights follows linked stories of characters in San Fernando Valley". The Globe and Mail, December 17, 1999.
  4. ^ Peter Howell, "Toronto critics like Lee ; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon named top movie". Toronto Star, December 21, 2000.
  5. ^ "Memento named best picture". Calgary Herald, December 20, 2001.
  6. ^ "Toronto critics pick Adaptation as top film". Ottawa Citizen, December 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "Coppola's Lost in Translation honoured by Toronto critics". Waterloo Region Record, December 18, 2003.
  8. ^ "Sideways named best film of 2004 by Toronto critics". Sault Star, December 17, 2004.
  9. ^ "Cronenberg's History of Violence tops T.O. critics' best-of list". Sudbury Star, December 22, 2005.
  10. ^ Lee-Anne Goodman, "'The Queen' named best picture by Toronto's film critics". Canadian Press, December 20, 2006.
  11. ^ Bruce Kirkland, "Old Men No. 1; Coen Brothers flick tops T.O. film critics' 2007 list". Toronto Sun, December 19, 2007.
  12. ^ Chris Knight, "Toronto critics pick Wendy and Lucy". Windsor Star, December 17, 2008.
  13. ^ "Basterds, Hunger top Toronto critics' picks". Waterloo Region Record, December 17, 2009.
  14. ^ Peter Knegt, "“Social Network” Tops San Francisco and Toronto Film Critics’ Awards". IndieWire, December 14, 2010.
  15. ^ Brian D. Johnson, "Toronto critics name 'Tree of Life' Best Picture". Maclean's, December 14, 2011.
  16. ^ "Toronto Critics Champion 'The Master'". IndieWire. December 18, 2012.
  17. ^ "Toronto film critics name Coen brothers movie the best of 2013". The Globe and Mail, December 17, 2013.
  18. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto film critics champion Boyhood". Now, December 16, 2014.
  19. ^ "'Carol' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, December 14, 2015.
  20. ^ Vlessing, Etan (December 12, 2016). "'Moonlight' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics". The Hollywood Reporter.
  21. ^ "'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics". The Hollywood Reporter, December 10, 2017.
  22. ^ Corey Atad, "Toronto Film Critics Association Names ‘Roma’ Best Picture Of 2018". ET Canada, December 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "'Parasite' big winner at Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". Toronto Star, December 8, 2019.
  24. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, February 7, 2021.
  25. ^ Sarah Curran, "Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ Wins Big At Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". ET Canada, January 16, 2022.
  26. ^ Pat Mullen, "Toronto Film Critics Name All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Top Doc". Point of View, January 8, 2023.
  27. ^ Erik Anderson, "Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) Awards: ‘The Zone of Interest’ Wins Best Picture, Director". AwardsWatch, December 17, 2023.