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DAVID O. RUSSELL's first feature, SPANKING THE MONKEY, premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. The film also earned Russell Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.

1996 saw the release of Russell's acclaimed comedy FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, which appeared on more than 30 critics' Top Ten lists and garnered Independent Spirit Award nominations for Russell for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

THREE KINGS was named to more than 100 critics' Top Ten lists when it was released in 1999. Amongst the many accolades received, the Boston Critics Association awarded the film Best Feature and Russell Best Director. Russell was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. THREE KINGS is scheduled to be re-released theatrically and on DVD in October with a short documentary featuring war veterans as they return home.

In 2002, Russell was the first director honored by The New York Museum of Modern Art's series "Works in Progress" which focuses on a new generation of filmmakers, and has since honored Alexander Payne and Sofia Coppola.


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