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To date, STEVEN SODERBERGH is the only director to have two films nominated for Best Picture and Best Director in the same year. His Academy Award for Best Director of "Traffic" marks the first time since the 1928/29 Awards that a director has successfully competed against himself (Frank Lloyd for "Divine Lady". Michael Curtiz, a double nominee for Best Director in 1938 for "Angels With Dirty Faces" and "Four Daughters" lost to Frank Capra for "You Can't Take It With You").

"Traffic," a contemporary thriller set against the backdrop of the United States' on-going drug wars, also received Oscars for Editing (Stephen Mirrione), Supporting Actor (Benicio del Toro) and Adapted Screenplay (Stephen Gaghan). The film's fifth nomination was for Best Picture (Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick). "Traffic" has grossed over $124,000,000 domestically, bringing its worldwide total to over $200 million.

In addition to Soderbergh's Best Director nomination for "Erin Brock-ovich," Julia Roberts received the Best Actress Academy Award for the title role in the true story of a California single mother who takes on a power company in a direct-action suit and brings it to its knees. The film's other nominations were for Best Supporting Actor (Albert Finney), Best Original Screenplay (Susannah Grant) and Best Picture (Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher).

Last year, Soderbergh directed a retelling of "Ocean's Eleven," the fabled 1960's film which firmly established the Rat Pack in the American lexicon. Since it's December release the film, which stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner and Shaobo Qin, has grossed over $435,000,000 worldwide.

In August, Miramax released Soderbergh's contemporary comedy "Full Frontal." Starring David Duchovny, Nicky Katt, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood, the movie was shot during eighteen days using a combination of digital video tape and film.

SOLARIS is Soderbergh's thirteenth film following "Full Frontal," "Ocean's Eleven," "Traffic," "Erin Brockovich," "The Limey," "Out of Sight," "Gray's Anatomy," "Schizopolis," "The Underneath," "King of the Hill," "Kafka" and "sex, lies, and videotape."

In addition to his credits as director, Soderbergh functioned as producer on Greg Mottola's "The Daytrippers" (1997) and on Gary Ross' "Pleasantville" (1998). As well, he served as the executive producer on David Siegel and Scott McGehee's "Suture" (1994) and on Godfrey Reggio's upcoming "Naqoyqatsi," the final installment of the non-narrative films that make up the Qatsi Trilogy, beginning with "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi".

In 2000, Soderbergh and George Clooney formed Section Eight, a film production company based at Warner Bros. Their ensemble comedy, "Welcome to Collinwood," written and directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, was selected to close the 2002 Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight. The film's cast includes William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Esposito, Sam Rockwell and Clooney.

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