1. Barry Jenkins-If Beale Street Could Talk
  2. Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  3. Damien Chazelle-First Man
  4. Martin Scorsese-The Irishman
  5. Yorgos Lanthimos-The Favourite

  6. Adam McKay-Backseat
  7. Desiree Akhavan-The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  8. Spike Lee-Black Klansman
  9. Steve McQueen-Widows
  10. Josie Rourke-Mary Queen of Scots
  11. Ryan Coogler-Black Panther
  12. Debra Granik-Leave No Trace
  13. Jacques Audiard-The Sisters Brothers
  14. Joel Edgerton-Boy Erased
  15. Marielle Heller-Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  16. Paul Dano-Wildlife
  17. Bo Burnham-Eighth Grade
  18. Richard Linklater-Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
  19. Terry Gilliam-The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  20. Julian Schnabel-At Eternity’s Gate
  21. Boots Riley-Sorry To Bother You
  22. Thomas Vinterberg-Kursk
  23. Gus Van Sant-Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far ON Foot
  24. Jason Reitman-The Front Runner
  25. Mélanie Laurent-Galveston
  26. Andrew Heckler-Burden
  27. Robert Zemeckis-The Women of Marwen
  28. David Lowery-The Old Man and The Gun
  29. Stephen Merchant-Fighting With My Family
  30. Jason Reitman-Tully
  31. Reinaldo Marcus Green-Monsters and Men
  32. Anthony and Joe Russo-Avengers: Infinity War
  33. Fede Alvarez-The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  34. Steven Spielberg-Ready Player One
  35. Ava DuVernay-A Wrinkle in Time