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STEVEN SPIELBERG (Director/Producer) is a principal partner of DreamWorks SKG, which he co-founded with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in October 1994. Under their leadership, the studio has enjoyed critical and commercial success, most recently with the Academy Award® winning Best Picture Gladiator, which won five Oscars® in all, and the hugely successful computer-animated Shrek. The studio also became the first to receive both Best Picture Golden Globes in the same year, with Gladiator winning for Best Picture - Drama and Almost Famous winning for Best Picture - Comedy or Musical. In 1999, the studio's smash hit American Beauty won five Academy Awards® and three Golden Globe Awards, both including Best Picture.

As a filmmaker, Spielberg has directed, produced or executive-produced seven of the 25 top-grossing films of all time (worldwide), including Jurassic Park and E.T The Extra-Terrestrial. In addition, he directed and produced the multiple Academy Award®-winning motion pictures Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan.

The critically acclaimed World War II drama Saving Private Ryan was the highest-grossing release (domestically) of 1998. It was also one of the year's most honored films, bringing Spielberg his second Academy Award® for Best Director, as well as earning four additional Oscars®. Additionally, the film won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director. Spielberg was also honored by his peers with his third Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award, and shared with the film's other producers in the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Theatrical Motion Picture Producer of the Year. The PGA also presented Spielberg with the prestigious Milestone Award for his historic contribution to the motion picture industry.

Saving Private Ryan also won Best Picture honors from the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, British and Broadcast Film Critics Associations, with the Los Angeles, Toronto and Broadcast Film Critics also naming Spielberg Best Director.

Spielberg served as an executive producer on another summer 1998 blockbuster, Deep Impact. In the summer of 1997 he had back-to- back hits with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which he directed and Men in Black, which he executive produced.

In 1994, Spielberg won two Academy Awards®, for Best Director and Best Picture, for the internationally lauded Schindler's List, which received a total of seven Oscars. The film also collected Best Picture honors from the major critics organizations, in addition to seven BAFTA Awards, including two for Spielberg. He also won the Golden Globe Award and received his second DGA Award, the first having come for The Color Purple.

Spielberg has also been recognized with Academy Award® nominations for Best Director for E.T The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Additionally, he earned DGA Award nominations for those films, as well as Empire of the Sun, Jaws and Amistad. With nine in all, Spielberg has received more DGA Award nominations than any director in history, and in 2000 received the DGA's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute and the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Born on December 18,1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Spielberg was raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona. He started making amateur films while still in his teens, later studying film at California State University, Long Beach. In 1969, his


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