1. Barry Jenkins-If Beale Street Could Talk
  2. Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  3. Damien Chazelle-First Man
  4. Yorgos Lanthimos-The Favourite
  5. Spike Lee-Black Klansman   (UP 3)

  6. Martin Scorsese-The Irishman   (DOWN 2)
  7. Adam McKay-Backseat
  8. Desiree Akhavan-The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  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. Terry Gilliam-The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  19. Julian Schnabel-At Eternity’s Gate
  20. Boots Riley-Sorry To Bother You
  21. Thomas Vinterberg-Kursk
  22. Gus Van Sant-Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
  23. Jason Reitman-The Front Runner
  24. Mélanie Laurent-Galveston
  25. Andrew Heckler-Burden
  26. Robert Zemeckis-The Women of Marwen
  27. David Lowery-The Old Man and The Gun
  28. Stephen Merchant-Fighting With My Family
  29. Jason Reitman-Tully
  30. Reinaldo Marcus Green-Monsters and Men
  31. Anthony and Joe Russo-Avengers: Infinity War
  32. Fede Alvarez-The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  33. Steven Spielberg-Ready Player One
  34. Ava DuVernay-A Wrinkle in Time