1. Damien Chapelle-First Man   (UP 2)
  2. Yorgos Lanthimos-The Favourite   (UP 1)
  3. Alfonso Cuarón-Green Book   (UP 5)
  4. Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born   (DOWN 2)
  5. Barry Jenkins-If Beale Street Could Talk   (DOWN 4)

  6. Spike Lee-BlacKkKlansman   (UP 3)
  7. Steve McQueen-Widows  (UP 2)
  8. Peter Farrelly-Green Book  (*NEW)
  9. Adam McKay-Backseat   (DOWN 2)
  10. Jason Reitman-The Front Runner   (UP 13)
  11. Ryan Coogler-Black Panther
  12. Marielle Heller-Can You Ever Forgive Me?   (UP 3)
  13. Jacques Audiard-The Sisters Brothers
  14. Bo Burnham-Eighth Grade
  15. Joel Edgerton-Boy Erased
  16. Debra Granik-Leave No Trace
  17. Josie Rourke-Mary Queen of Scots
  18. Mike Leigh-Peterloo
  19. Desiree Akhavan-The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  20. Paul Dano-Wildlife
  21. Julian Schnabel-At Eternity’s Gate
  22. Boots Riley-Sorry To Bother You
  23. Fede Alvarez-The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  24. Gus Van Sant-Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
  25. Ethan and Joel Coen-The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  26. Mélanie Laurent-Galveston
  27. Robert Zemeckis-The Women of Marwen
  28. David Lowery-The Old Man and The Gun
  29. Jason Reitman-Tully
  30. Reinaldo Marcus Green-Monsters and Men
  31. Anthony and Joe Russo-Avengers: Infinity War
  32. Steven Spielberg-Ready Player One
  33. Ava DuVernay-A Wrinkle in Time