1. Alfonso Cuarón-Green Book   (UP 2)
  2. Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born   (UP 2)
  3. Spike Lee-BlacKkKlansman   (UP 3)
  4. Yorgos Lanthimos-The Favourite   (DOWN 2)
  5. Adam McKay-Backseat   (UP 4)

  6. Peter Farrelly-Green Book  (UP 2)
  7. Barry Jenkins-If Beale Street Could Talk   (DOWN 2)
  8. Ryan Coogler-Black Panther   (UP 3)
  9. Damien Chazelle-First Man   (DOWN 8)
  10. Paul Schrader-First Reformed  (*NEW)
  11. Debra Granik-Leave No Trace   (UP 5)
  12. Steve McQueen-Widows  (DOWN 5)
  13. Marielle Heller-Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  14. Jason Reitman-The Front Runner
  15. Bo Burnham-Eighth Grade
  16. Ethan and Joel Coen-The Ballad of Buster Scruggs   (UP 10)
  17. Jacques Audiard-The Sisters Brothers
  18. Joel Edgerton-Boy Erased
  19. Josie Rourke-Mary Queen of Scots
  20. Mike Leigh-Peterloo
  21. Desiree Akhavan-The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  22. Paul Dano-Wildlife
  23. Julian Schnabel-At Eternity’s Gate
  24. Boots Riley-Sorry To Bother You
  25. Gus Van Sant-Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot