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Multi-award winning writer and director ANDREW STANTON (Director/Co-Screenplay by) made his directorial debut with "Finding Nemo," an original story that he also co-wrote. The film garnered him two Academy Award® nominations (Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Film), winning the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003—the first such honor ever received by Pixar Animation Studios for a full-length feature.

In 2009, Stanton was honored with the Academy Award® for Best Animated Film for "WALL•E," and was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay for the film. "WALL•E" became the most critically acclaimed motion picture of the year, sweeping all the major film awards.

In addition to his work as a writer/director, Stanton has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990, when he became the second animator and ninth employee to join the company's elite group of filmmaking pioneers. As Vice President, Creative, he currently oversees all feature and shorts development for the studio.

Stanton was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to "Toy Story" and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on numerous subsequent Pixar films: "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo." Additionally, he served as co-director on "A Bug's Life," and was the executive producer of "Up," "Monsters, Inc." and the 2006 Academy Award®-winning, "Ratatouille."

A native of Rockport, Massachusetts, Stanton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). In the 1980s, he launched his professional career in Los Angeles animating for Bill Kroyer's Kroyer Films studio, and writing for Ralph Bakshi's production of "Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures" (1987).

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