STEVEN SODERBERGH (Director) won the Academy Award for Best
Director for his 2000 ensemble drama Traffic. He actually earned dual Best
Director Oscar nominations that year as he was also honored for Erin Brockovich,
which starred Julia Roberts in an Oscar-winning performance. Previously,
Soderbergh was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for sex, lies, and
videotape, which marked his feature film directorial debut. The film also won
the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.
More recently, he directed Contagion, a medical thriller with an
international ensemble cast including Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence
Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. And Everything is Going
Fine, his feature film documenting the life and work of the late performance
artist Spalding Gray, made its world premiere at the 2010 Slamdance Film
Festival. The two had previously worked together on Gray's Anatomy and King of
Among his other film credits are The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!,
Che, the Ocean's trilogy, The Good German, Bubble, Solaris, Full Frontal, The
Limey, Out of Sight, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill and Kafka.
Soderbergh also wrote, directed, photographed and edited Equilibrium,
starring Alan Arkin, Robert Downey, Jr. and Ele Keats, which was one of three
short, eroticism-themed films released together as Eros. Michelangelo Antonioni
and Wong Kar-wai directed the other two segments. The film made its premiere at
the 2004 Venice Film Festival.
Soderbergh has also produced or executive produced a wide range of features
including Solitary Man, directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien; Far From
Heaven and I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes; Michael Clayton, directed by
Tony Gilroy; the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, directed by
Marina Zenovich; Wind Chill and Criminal, directed by Gregory Jacobs; Good
Night, and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George
Clooney; A Scanner Darkly, directed by Richard Linklater; Rumor Has Itâ€¦,
directed by Rob Reiner; Syriana, directed by Stephen Gaghan; Lodge Kerrigan's
Keane, which played at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals; The
Jacket, directed by John Maybury; Insomnia, directed by Christopher Nolan;
Welcome to Collinwood, directed by Anthony and Joseph Russo; Pleasantville,
directed by Gary Ross; and The Daytrippers, directed by Greg Mottola.
In December 2009, Soderbergh created and directed the play "Tot Mom,"
produced at the Sydney Theatre Company. Based on the kidnapping and murder of
Caylee Anthony, the play starred Essie Davis as controversial television
commentator Nancy Grace, whose crusade for justice ignited worldwide interest in
At the same time, he also directed his 22nd film, The Last Time I Saw Michael
Gregg, an improvised comedy starring the cast of "Tot Mom."
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