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ANTHONY MINGHELLA (Director/ Screenwriter) won an Academy Award® as Best Director for "The English Patient," which he directed from his screenplay based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje. The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards® and won nine Oscars® including Best Picture and Best Director. Minghella was also nominated for his screenplay. He also won two British Academy Awards, two Broadcast Film Critics Awards, the USC Scripter Award for writing (shared with Michael Ondaatje) and directing, and the Director's Guild of America Award for "The English Patient."

Minghella made an auspicious feature film debut in 1991 with "Truly, Madly, Deeply," starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman. The film won numerous awards and was named by the Australian Film Institute as Best Picture. In 1993, Minghella directed his second feature "Mr. Wonderful," starring William Hurt, Matt Dillon and Mary Louise Parker.

Minghella was born of Italian parents on the Isle of Wight and lectured at the University of Hull until he began to write plays. In 1984, he was named most promising playwright of the year by the London Theater Critics. His plays include "A Little Like Drowning," "Love Bites," "Two Planks and a Passion" and "Made in Bangkok."

He has written several radio plays as well as the pilot and several scripts for the award-winning television series "Inspector Morse." He wrote all nine of the short television films for the Emmy Award-winning "Storyteller" series for Jim Henson and NBC, as well as "Living with Dinosaurs," which won an international Emmy in 1990.

Minghella's next feature will be his adaptation of the National Book Award winning novel "Cold Mountain," which he will write and direct.

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