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In a career as celebrated as it is accomplished, IRWIN WINKLER (Director) commands a distinguished reputation in the motion picture industry as one of its most progressive and honored filmmakers. Winkler's films have garnered four Academy Award® Best Picture nominations including "Rocky,” "Raging Bull,” "The Right Stuff” and "Good Fellas.” "Rocky” walked away with the Best Picture Oscar® in l976. In total, Winkler's filmography has amassed 12 Academy Awards® and 45 nominations. Most recently he added the Golden Globe and Grammy nominated "De-Lovely” about the life of Cole Porter and starring Kevin Kline.

After a highly successful and celebrated career as a screen producer, Winkler decided to conquer new worlds. He made his directorial debut in l989 with an original screenplay he wrote about the Hollywood blacklisting era, "Guilty by Suspicion,” starring Robert DeNiro and Annette Bening, which became the official United States entry that year at the Cannes Film Festival. 

He followed by directing and producing such films as "Night and the City” with DeNiro and Jessica Lange, "The Net” starring Sandra Bullock, "At First Sight” with Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino, the critically acclaimed Kevin Kline starrer "Life As a House” and "De-Lovely.” In 2004 the Cannes Film Festival feted "De-Lovely” as the closing night gala event.

No newcomer to Cannes Film Festival honors, Winkler and then partner Robert Chartoff, had three of their films entered in l970 with "Leo the Last” winning Best Director for John Boorman, "Strawberry Statement” receiving the Jury Award, and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They” garnering the closing night honors.  An unabashed risk-taker, Winkler and Chartoff mortgaged their own homes to provide the funding for a screen endeavor called "Rocky” with an actor who was not yet established named Sylvester Stallone. The combined grosses for the film and its sequels now amounts to over $l billion.

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