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A GOOD YEAR

RIDLEY SCOTT (Director, Producer) earned consecutive Academy Award nominations as Best Director for his stunning recreation of the deadly 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, in "Black Hawk Down” (one of 2001's biggest box-office hits) and for the epic adventure "Gladiator,” his vivid and dramatic evocation of ancient Rome that won five Oscars (out of twelve nominations), including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe (as well as directing nominations for Scott from the DGA and BAFTA).

"Gladiator” also won both the Golden Globe and British Academy Awards as Best Picture, and has earned over $800 million at the global box office. Both motion picture triumphs further solidified his reputation as one of contemporary cinema's most innovative, influential and versatile visual stylists.

Scott was born in South Shields, Northumberland, England. Reared in London, Cumbria, Wales and Germany, he returned to Northeast England to live in Stockton-on-Tees. He studied at the West Hartlepool College of Art where he excelled in graphic design and painting, two strengths that would later serve as his signatures on the movie screen. He also studied at London's Royal Academy of Art, where his contemporaries included the famous artist David Hockney. During his studies there, Scott completed his first short film.

Graduating with honors, Scott was awarded a traveling scholarship to the United States. During his year there, he was employed by Time Life, Inc., where he gained valuable experience working with award-winning documentarians Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker. Upon his return to the U.K., he joined the BBC as a production designer and, within a year, graduated to directing many of the network's popular TV programs.

After three years, he left to form his own company, RSA, which soon became one of the most successful commercial production houses in Europe (later adding offices in New York and Los Angeles). Over the years, Scott has directed over three thousand commercials, including the captivating spot for Chanel No. 5 entitled "Share the Fantasy” and the memorable one for Apple Computers that aired but once, during the 1984 Super Bowl. His work in the commercial arena has collected awards at the Venice and Cannes Film Festivals, as well as being honored by the New York Art Directors' Club. RSA still maintains a high profile in the global marketplace and represents some of the most acclaimed directors in the film and advertising arenas.

Scott made the leap from commercial production ("pocket versions of feature films” he calls them) to movies with 1977's "The Duellists,” the lustrous Napoleonic War saga that brought him the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His second film switched genres, taking the filmmaker from the past into the frightening future with the groundbreaking sci-fi thriller, "Alien,” which walked off with an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

He stayed in the future (and set the stage for future filmmakers) with his next feature, "Blade Runner,” the landmark masterpiece starring Harrison Ford that is considered one of the milestones of contemporary moviemaking. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards -- art direction and visual effects. It was also added to the National Film Archives (maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress), the "youngest” film to be so honored. Scott followed this triumph later in the decade with three more films -- the big screen fairy tale, "Legend,” starring Tom Cruise; the urban thriller, "Someone to Watch Over Me” with Tom Berenger; and the cross-cultural gangster epic, "Black Rain,” starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia.

In 1987, Scott formed Percy Main Productions to develop and produce feature films. The first production, which he helmed, was "Thelma and Louise.” Starring Oscar-nominees Susan Sarandon and Geena Dav

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