1. Christopher Nolan-Dunkirk
  2. Kathryn Bigelow-Detroit
  3. Alexander Payne-Downsizing
  4. Darren Aronofsky-mother! (UP 1)
  5. Dee Rees-Mudbound (DOWN 1)

  6. Paul Thomas Anderson-Phantom Thread
  7. George Clooney-Suburbicon
  8. Steven Spielberg-The Papers
  9. Sean Baker-The Florida Project (*NEW)
  10. Guillermo del Toro-The Shape of Water (*NEW)
  11. Joe Wright-Darkest Hour
  12. Sofia Coppola-The Beguiled
  13. Luca Guadagnino-Call Me By Your Name
  14. Todd Haynes-Wonderstruck
  15. Jordan Peele-Get Out (UP 12)
  16. Richard Linklater-Last Flag Flying
  17. Kenneth Branagh-Murder on the Orient Express
  18. David Gordon Green-Stronger
  19. Garth Davis-Mary Magdelene
  20. Michael Showalter-The Big Sick
  21. Jason Hall-Thank You For Your Service
  22. Edgar Wright-Baby Driver (UP 7)
  23. David Lowery-A Ghost Story
  24. Armando Iannucci-The Death of Stalin (*NEW)
  25. Aaron Sorkin-Molly’s Game
  26. Bong Joon-Ho-Okja (*NEW)
  27. Reginald Hudlin-Marshall
  28. Michael Gracey-The Greatest Showman
  29. Denis Villeneuve-Blade Runner 2049
  30. Rian Johnson-Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  31. Taylor Sheridan-Wind River
  32. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris-Battle of the Sexes
  33. Thomas Alfredson-The Snowman
  34. Destin Daniel Cretton-The Glass Castle (DOWN 14)
  35. Angelina Jolie-First They Killed My Father (*NEW)