Best Director

Awards Nominations

Gotham Award Winner
Independent Spirit Award Nomination
National Board of Review Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Winner

Golden Globe Winner
* BAFTA Nominee
DGA Winner

The Low Down:

Better luck next time Christopher Nolan! It took several tries to just get nominated, but the directing heavyweight will have to accept that as the reward this time around. The momentum has positioned itself behind Guillermo del Toro, who has won all of the important awards up until this point. Doesn’t hurt that The Shape of Water was the nomination leader. 


  1. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk*
  2. Jordan Peele, Get Out*+
  3. Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water*++++
  4. Greta Gerwig, Ladybird+
  5. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread