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SYDNEY POLLACK (Marty Bach / Producer) is an award-winning director and producer. He won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for the 1985 romantic drama "Out of Africa,” which collected a total of seven Academy Awards. The film also received three Golden Globes Awards, including Best Picture - Drama, and three additional nominations, including Best Director. Pollack received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director for his Depression-era drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?,” starring Jane Fonda. In 1982, Pollack directed, produced and co-starred in "Tootsie,” which garnered 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture, won a Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical/Comedy and a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film. Pollack was also honored with Best Directing nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, and won a New York Film Critics Award.

Pollack's other directing accolades include an Emmy Award and prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Brussels, Belgrade, San Sebastian, Moscow and Taormina Film Festivals. In 2000, Pollack was presented with the Directors Guild of America John Huston Award by the Artists Rights' Foundation. His other directing credits include "The Interpreter,” "Sabrina,” "The Firm,” "Absence of Malice,” "The Electric Horseman,” "Three Days of the Condor,” "The Way We Were” and "Jeremiah Johnson.”

In 1985, Pollack formed Mirage Enterprises. Under this banner he has produced such films as "Presumed Innocent,” "The Fabulous Baker Boys,” "White Palace,” "Major League,” "Dead Again,” "Searching for Bobby Fischer,” "Sense and Sensibility” and "The Talented Mr. Ripley.” In 2000, director-writer-producer Anthony Minghella became a partner at Mirage Enterprises. Since then, Pollack and Minghella have collaborated on such films as "Iris,” "The Quiet American,” "Cold Mountain” and "Breaking and Entering,” with Minghella writing and directing the last two. They are currently in production on a mysterycomedy- drama entitled "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” also under the direction of Minghella.

An accomplished actor, Pollack has appeared in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives,” Robert Altman's "The Player,” Robert Zemeckis' "Death Becomes Her,” Steven Zaillian's "A Civil Action,” Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut” and Roger Michell's "Changing Lanes.”

Pollack is a founding member of the Sundance Institute, the Chairman Emeritus of the American Cinematheque and a sustaining founder of the Artists' Rights Board of the Directors Guild. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Film Preservation Board and the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation.


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