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RIDLEY SCOTT (Directed by/Produced by) has been honored with three Academy Award® nominations for Best Director. He earned his latest Oscar® nomination in 2002 for his work on Black Hawk Down, for which he also received a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award nomination. The year before, Scott received Oscar®, Golden Globe, BAFTA and DGA award nominations for Best Director for the epic Gladiator. The film also won the Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for Best Picture, in addition to being named Best Picture by numerous critics groups. Scott earned his first Academy Award® nomination, as well as his first DGA Award nomination, for his work on the groundbreaking 1991 drama Thelma & Louise, starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, who were both Oscar®-nominated for their performances in the film.

Scott garnered another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Director for the true-life drama American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Scott also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Film as a producer on the film. He recently directed and produced Body of Lies, also starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney; the epic Kingdom of Heaven, with an ensemble cast led by Orlando Bloom and Jeremy Irons; and Matchstick Men, starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell.

A graduate of London's prestigious Royal Academy of Art, Scott later began his directing career at the BBC, working on some of the network's popular television programs, as well as commercials. After three years, he formed 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. RSA still maintains a high profile in the global marketplace, representing many noted directors in the film and commercial arenas. Over the years, Scott has directed more than 3,000 commercials, most notably the provocative Share the Fantasy ad for Chanel No. 5 and his Orwellian Apple Computer spot, which aired only once, during the 1984 Super Bowl, but remains an advertising benchmark. The latter was recently hailed by Advertising Age as the best commercial of the last 50 years. Scott's commercial work has also collected awards at several film festivals, including the Venice and Cannes film festivals.

In 1977, Scott made his feature film directorial debut with The Duellists, for which he won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed that with the blockbuster science-fiction thriller Alien, which catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom and launched a successful franchise. In 1982, Scott directed the landmark film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. Considered a science-fiction classic, the futuristic thriller was added to the U.S. Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1993, and a director's cut of Blade Runner was released to renewed acclaim in 1993 and again in 2007.

Scott's additional film directing credits include Legend, starring Tom Cruise; Someone to Watch Over Me; Black Rain, starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia; 1492: Conquest of Paradise; White Squall, starring Jeff Bridges; G.I. Jane, starring Demi Moore and Viggo Mortensen; and Hannibal, starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore.

In 1995, Scott and his younger brother and fellow filmmaker, Tony Scott, formed Scott Free Productions. The company has since produced a wide range of film and television projects, including a number of films helmed by Ridley or Tony Scott. Under the Scott Free banner, Ridley Scott has produced or executive produced such features as Clay Pigeons, starring Joaquin Phoenix; Where the Money Is, starring Paul Newman; Tristan + Isolde, starring James Franco and Sophia Myles; Curtis Hanson's In Her Shoes; and the award-winning Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.

For television, Scott Free currently produces the hit series Numb3rs, which is heading into its fifth season on CBS. Ridley Scott has also served as an executive producer on several of the company's long-form projects, including the A&E miniseries The Andromeda Strain, based on the book by Michael Crichton; the TNT miniseries The Company; and the award-winning HBO movies RKO 281, starring Liev Schreiber as Orson Welles, and The Gathering Storm, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave under the direction of Richard Loncraine. Production recently wrapped on a sequel to The Gathering Storm, also for HBO.

In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the arts.

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