JOE WRIGHT's most recent film as director was The Soloist,
starring Jamie Foxx
and Robert Downey Jr.
For his feature film directorial debut on Focus Features and Working Title
Films' Pride & Prejudice, Mr. Wright won BAFTA's Carl Foreman Award for
Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in Their First
Feature Film. He was also honored with the London Critics' Circle Film Award
for British Director of the Year and the Boston Society of Film Critics' award
Best New Filmmaker. Pride & Prejudice was nominated for five additional
BAFTA Awards, four Academy Awards (including Best Actress [Keira Knightley]),
and two Golden Globe Awards; and won a second London Critics' Circle Film
Award, for Best British Supporting Actor (Tom Hollander), among other honors.
His second feature as director, also for Focus Features and Working Title Films,
was Atonement. The film received 13 BAFTA Award nominations, including for
his direction, winning BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Best Production Design
(Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer). Atonement received 7 Academy Award
nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Saoirse
Ronan), winning the Oscar for Best Original Score (Dario Marianelli); and also
received 7 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning Globes for Best Picture
[Drama] and Best Original Score. Among the picture's other honors were 4
Richard Attenborough Film Awards, including Film of the Year and Film Maker
of the Year (Mr. Wright).
He won his first BAFTA Award for the miniseries Charles II: The Power & The
Passion (which aired in the U.S. as The Last King), which he directed and which
starred Rufus Sewell. The project won two additional BAFTA Awards, and was
nominated for three more.
His prior credits as director include another highly acclaimed miniseries,
epic drama Nature Boy (for which he was a BAFTA Award nominee), starring
Lee Ingleby; the miniseries Bodily Harm, starring Timothy Spall; and episodes
of the television series Bob & Rose (which won several international awards).
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