Best Direction, 2008

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Jonathan Demme

1. Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married (82 points/13 votes)

2. (tie) Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight (78/12)
2. (tie) Andrew Stanton, WALL*E (78/12)
4. Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler (75/14)
5. Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York (71/11)

6. Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale (52/9)
7. Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy (36/6)
8. Gus Van Sant, Milk (33.5/5)
9. (tie) Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (31/5)
9. (tie) Joel and Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading (31/5)
9. (tie) Jose Luis Guerin, In the City of Sylvia (31/5)
9. (tie) Cristian Mungiu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (31/5)
13. (tie) David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (28/5)
13. (tie) Martin McDonagh, In Bruges (28/5)
15. Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky (26/5)
16. Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park (25.5/4)
17. Carlos Reygadas C., Silent Light (24/3)
18. Steven Soderbergh, Che (23/4)
19. Guy Maddin, My Winnipeg (22/4)
20. Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In (21/4)
21. Laurent Cantet, The Class (20/3)
22. James Marsh, Man on Wire (19/3)
23. (tie) Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (18/3)
23. (tie) Hou Hsiao-hsien, Flight of the Red Balloon (18/3)
23. (tie) The Wachowski Brothers, Speed Racer (18/3)
26. (tie) Fatih Akin, The Edge of Heaven (16/3)
26. (tie) Ramin Bahrani, Chop Shop (16/3)
28. (tie) Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road (15/3)
28. (tie) Jacques Rivette, The Duchess of Langeais (15/3)
30. Jeff Nichols, Shotgun Stories (14/2)
31. (tie) Jia Zhang-ke, Still Life (13/2)
31. (tie) Tarsem, The Fall (13/2)
31. (tie) Joachim Trier, Reprise (13/2)
34. Matt Reeves, Cloverfield (11/2)

The following directors received one vote each:
Catherine Breillat, The Last Mistress
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir
Stuart Gordon, Stuck
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Michael Haneke, Funny Games
Werner Herzog, Encounters at the End of the World
Lloyd Kaufman, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
David Mamet, Redbelt
Tom McCarthy, The Visitor