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IRWIN WINKLER's (Director/Producer) career is as celebrated as it is accomplished. His films have amassed 12 Academy Awards® from 45 nominations, including four Best Picture nominations. Winkler is also the only producer to have three of his films listed on the American Film Institute list of the "Top 100 Films” of all time.

Winkler received the Academy Award® for Best Picture for the l976 runaway hit Rocky starring Sylvester Stallone. He went on to receive Best Picture nominations for Raging Bull, The Right Stuff and GoodFellas.

In l989, Winkler made his directorial debut with Guilty by Suspicion, a drama he also wrote about the Hollywood "black list” starring Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, and Martin Scorsese. His other features as a director include Night and the City, reuniting him with De Niro (for the seventh time) and Jessica Lange; the hit suspense thriller The Net starring Sandra Bullock; At First Sight with Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino; and the critically acclaimed Life as a House starring Kevin Kline, Kristen Scott Thomas and Hayden Christensen.

Winkler began his producing career at MGM in l967 with legendary director Norman Taurog and the Elvis Presley starrer Double Trouble, followed by the hit thriller Point Blank. He then won acclaim for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, which garnered nine Academy Award® nominations.

Over the last three decades Winkler's credits include such films as New York, New York starring De Niro and Liza Minnelli; True Confessions, which teamed De Niro and Robert Duvall; Round Midnight, for which Herbie Hancock won an Oscar® for Best Score; Betrayed starring Debra Winger; and Music Box with Jessica Lange.

For his body of work, which exceeds 40 major motion pictures, Winkler has been the proud recipient of numerous honors, including the Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, the French government's highest decoration for contributions to the arts. He was the first producer to be honored with a showcase screening of ten films at the Deauville Film Festival and was saluted by the British Film Institute with a retrospective of his work. He has also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Chicago Film Festival, The Hollywood Film Festival, The Flanders International Film Festival and The American Society of Cinematographers.

In 2000 Winkler joined the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star for his accomplishments as both producer and director. Fittingly, the star is installed in front of the Kodak Theater, the new home of the Academy Awards.

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