LAWRENCE BENDER's films have been
honored with nineteen Academy Award nominations, including two for Best Picture.
His most recent nominations came for the 1998 film Good Will Hunting,
which received a total of nine nominations, and won Oscars for Best Original
Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. The film also received four Golden Globe
nominations, winning the award for Best Screenplay. Bender was nominated for a
Producers Guild Award and a Golden Satellite Award for the same film, and was
honored with a Vision Award that year.
He had previously been Oscar-nominated
for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, for which he was again nominated
for a Producers Guild Award. In addition to its seven Academy Award nominations,
including a win for Best Screenplay, Pulp Fiction also received a BAFTA
nomination for Best Film, and won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature
and the Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
marked Bender's second collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, with whom he has
had a long association. The two first teamed on the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs,
which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. The
film also won Italy's Raymond Chandler Award and was voted Best Picture by the
Australian Film Critics. Bender also produced Four Rooms, an anthology of
four separate stories, individually written and directed by Quentin Tarantino,
Robert Rodriguez, Alex Rockwell and Allison Anders; and executive produced From
Dusk Til Dawn, written by Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. In
1998, Bender produced Tarantino's Jackie Brown, for which Robert
Forster earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Bender holds the distinction of being
the only producer to have two films in simultaneous competition at the Berlin
Film Festival: Good Will Hunting and Jackie Brown. He is currently
in production on their next collaboration, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill
which stars Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu and Daryl Hannah.
Bender's other producing credits
include The Mexican, starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James
Gandolfini, Anna and the King, starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat,
which was nominated for two Academy Awards for costume and production design, A
Price Above Rubies, White Man's Burden, Killing Zoe and Fresh,
which was in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
His upcoming film is Stark Raving
Mad starring Sean William Scott. He is currently in production on The
Great Raid, for director John Dahl which stars Benjamin Bratt, Joseph
Fiennes and James Franco. Bender is also in pre-production on Havana Nights:
Dirty Dancing, which will begin shooting later this year.
The year 2000 marked Bender's first
foray into television, and he has set up series and long form projects at all
six broadcast networks as well as HBO, Showtime, USA, Sci-Fi Channel, and TNT.
He was an Executive Producer on "Anatomy of a Hate Crime," about the
murder of Matthew Shepard, which aired on MTV and for which he was nominated for
a GLAAD Award, as well as an all-new "Nancy Drew" movie for ABC.
In addition to his feature film and
television work, Bender has enjoyed success in producing commercials and music
videos with his production company, A Band Apart. The company has produced
commercial spots for such directors as Tim Burton, John Woo and McG.
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