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Critics Poll 2016 Results: Best Director

After over 200 individuals voted in IndieWire's annual Critics Poll, these are who they selected as the top 50 directors of 2016.

Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders in "Moonlight"

“Moonlight”

Photo by David Bornfriend, courtesy of A24

We asked critics for their favorite films and performances of 2016. For each of the fifteen categories, respondents ranked their picks. Results were tallied using a reverse points system (e.g. five points for 1st, four points for 2nd, three points for 3rd, etc.) – we’ve listed the top 30 below. A full list of participating critics can be found here.

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

1. Barry Jenkins, Moonlight – 443
2. Damien Chazelle, La La Land – 214
3. Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann – 159
4. Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea – 134
5. Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden – 133
6. Pablo Larrain, Jackie – 93
7. Denis Villeneuve, Arrival – 78
8. Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women – 78
9. Paul Verhoeven, Elle – 74
10. Martin Scorsese, Silence – 66
11. Ezra Edelman, OJ: Made in America – 62
12. Jim Jarmusch, Paterson – 57
13. Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster – 54
14. Kirsten Johnson, Cameraperson – 49
15. David Mackenzie, Hell or High Water – 47
16. Robert Eggers, The Witch – 42
17. Mia Hansen-Løve, Things to Come, 38
18. Andrea Arnold, American Honey – 30
19. Ava DuVernay, 13th – 29
20. Jeff Nichols, Loving – 28
20. Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals – 28
22. Hong Sang-soo, Right Now, Wrong Then – 27
23. Kleber Mendonça Filho, Aquarius – 26
23. Pablo Larrain, Neruda – 26
25. Jeremy Saulnier, Green Room – 25
26. Anna Biller, The Love Witch – 24
26. Athina Rachel Tsangari, Chevalier – 24
26. Terrence Malick, Knight of Cups – 24
29. Chantal Akerman, No Home Movie – 23
30. Richard Linklater, Everybody Wants Some!! – 23

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

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