World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Empire Award for Best Director

Article Id: WHEBN0033385395
Reproduction Date:

Title: Empire Award for Best Director  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Empire Awards, 1st Empire Awards, 7th Empire Awards, 8th Empire Awards, 14th Empire Awards
Collection: Best Director Empire Award Winners, Empire Awards, Film Directing Awards
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Empire Award for Best Director

The Empire Award for Best Director is an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor directors working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best Director is one of five ongoing awards which were first introduced at the 1st Empire Awards ceremony in 1996 (the others being Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film and Best British Film) with Danny Boyle receiving the award for his direction of Shallow Grave. Winners are voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 16 directors. Christopher Nolan, David Yates and Steven Spielberg have received the most awards in this category with two awards each. Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson were nominated on six occasions, more than any other director. Alfonso Cuarón is the most recent winner in this category for his direction of Gravity. Kathryn Bigelow was the only female director to be nominated for the award.


  • Winners and nominees 1
    • 1990s 1.1
    • 2000s 1.2
    • 2010s 1.3
    • Notes 1.4
  • Multiple awards and nominations 2
    • Multiple awards 2.1
    • Multiple nominations 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Winners and nominees

In the list below, winners are listed first in boldface, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.


Year Director Film Ref.
Danny Boyle Shallow Grave [1]
Terry Gilliam 12 Monkeys [2]
Cameron Crowe Jerry Maguire [3]
Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan [4]
Ang Lee The Ice Storm
James Cameron Titanic
Peter Weir The Truman Show
Steven Soderbergh Out of Sight


Year Director Film Ref.
M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense [5]
Ang Lee Ride with the Devil
Andy and Lana Wachowski The Matrix
David Fincher Fight Club
George Lucas Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Bryan Singer X-Men [6]
Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Christopher Nolan Memento
Michael Mann The Insider
Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge! [7]
Cameron Crowe Almost Famous
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Steven Soderbergh Traffic
Steven Spielberg A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Steven Spielberg Minority Report [8]
M. Night Shyamalan Signs
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Sam Raimi Spider-Man
Steven Soderbergh Ocean's Eleven
Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [9]
Anthony Minghella Cold Mountain
Joel and Ethan Coen Intolerable Cruelty
Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Weir Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Sam Raimi Spider-Man 2 [10]
M. Night Shyamalan The Village
Michael Mann Collateral
Michel Gondry Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Nick Park and Steve Box Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit [A][11]
Christopher Nolan Batman Begins
Joe Wright Pride & Prejudice
Peter Jackson King Kong
Ron Howard Cinderella Man
Steven Spielberg War of the Worlds
Christopher Nolan The Prestige [12]
Bryan Singer Superman Returns
George Clooney Good Night, and Good Luck
Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth
Martin Scorsese The Departed
David Yates Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [13]
David Fincher Zodiac
Edgar Wright Hot Fuzz
Joe Wright Atonement
Paul Greengrass The Bourne Ultimatum
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight [14]
Andrew Stanton WALL-E
Joel and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
Tim Burton Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Year Director Film Ref.
James Cameron Avatar [15][16]
J. J. Abrams Star Trek
Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
Neill Blomkamp District 9
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
Edgar Wright Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [17]
Christopher Nolan Inception
David Fincher The Social Network
Matthew Vaughn Kick-Ass
Tom Hooper The King's Speech
David Yates Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 [18][19]
Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
Rupert Wyatt Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Steven Spielberg War Horse
Tomas Alfredson Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Sam Mendes Skyfall [20]
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises
Joss Whedon The Avengers
Peter Jackson The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
Alfonso Cuarón Gravity [21]
Edgar Wright The World's End
Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips
Peter Jackson The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave


A : The 2006 awards had six nominees (instead of the usual five) for Best Director.

Multiple awards and nominations

Multiple awards

The following individuals received two or more Best Director awards:

Awards Film
2 Christopher Nolan
David Yates
Steven Spielberg

Multiple nominations

The following individuals received two or more Best Director nominations:

Nominations Film
6 Christopher Nolan
Peter Jackson
5 Steven Spielberg
4 Quentin Tarantino
3 Ang Lee
David Fincher
Edgar Wright
M. Night Shyamalan
Steven Soderbergh
2 Bryan Singer
Cameron Crowe
David Yates
James Cameron
Joel and Ethan Coen
Joe Wright
Michael Mann
Paul Greengrass
Paul Thomas Anderson
Peter Weir
Sam Raimi


  1. ^ "Past Winners - 1996".  
  2. ^ "Past Winners - 1997".  
  3. ^ "Past Winners - 1998".  
  4. ^ "Past Winners - 1999".  
  5. ^ "Past Winners - 2000".  
  6. ^ "Empire Awards 2001".  
  7. ^ "Empire Awards 2002: Best Director Award".  
  8. ^ "Best Director".  
  9. ^ "Best Director".  
  10. ^ "Best Director".  
  11. ^ "Best Director".  
  12. ^ "Best Director".  
  13. ^ "Best Director".  
  14. ^ "Best Director".  
  15. ^ "Best Director".  
  16. ^ Reynolds, Simon (February 25, 2010). "In Full: Empire Awards 2010 nominees".  
  17. ^ "Best Director".  
  18. ^ "Best Director".  
  19. ^ "Jameson Empire Awards 2012 - winners in full".  
  20. ^ "Best Director".  
  21. ^ "Best Director".  

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.