1. Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans
  2. Damien Chazelle – Babylon
  3. Sam Mendes – Empire of Light (UP 4)
  4. Maria Schrader – She Said
  5. Sarah Polley – Women Talking

  1. Daniels – Everything Everywhere All At Once
  2. Park Chan-wook – Decision To Leave (UP 1)
  3. Baz Luhrmann – Elvis (UP 1)
  4. Todd Field – TAR (UP 16)
  5. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu – Bardo (Or False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths)
  6. Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness (UP 7)
  7. James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water (DOWN 1)
  8. Noah Baumbach – White Noise (DOWN 1)
  9. Florian Zeller – The Son (UP 3)
  10. Chinonye Chukwu – Till (UP 10)
  11. Joseph Kosinski – Top Gun: Maverick
  12. Michael McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin (DOWN 3)
  13. Ron Howard – Thirteen Lives
  14. Hirokazu Kore-eda – Broker
  15. Gina Price-Blythewood – The Woman King (*NEW)
  16. George Miller – Three Thousand Years of Longing
  17. Lila Neugenbauer – Causeway (*NEW)
  18. Matt Reeves – The Batman
  19. Jordan Peele – Nope
  20. Cooper Raiff – Cha Cha Real Smooth
  21. Lukas Dhont – Close
  22. Robert Eggers – The Northman
  23. Peter Farrelly – The Greatest Beer Run Ever
  24. Kasi Lemmons – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  25. Darren Aronofsky – The Whale
  26. Olivia Wilde – Don’t Worry Darling
  27. David O. Russell – Amersterdam
  28. Andrew Dominik – Blonde
  29. James Gray – Armageddon Time