RIDLEY SCOTT (Director, Producer) has been honored with
Academy Award nominations for Best Director for his work on Black Hawk Down,
Gladiator, and Thelma & Louise. All three films also earned him DGA Award
Scott has garnered multiple nominations over his illustrious career. In
addition to his Academy Award and DGA nominations, he also earned a Golden Globe
nomination for Best Director for American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington
and Russell Crowe. As he also served as a producer on the true-life drama, Scott
received a BAFTA nomination for Best Film. Scott also received Golden Globe and
BAFTA nominations for Best Director for his epic Gladiator. The film won the
Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards for Best Picture.
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 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; Hannibal, starring Anthony
Hopkins and Julianne Moore; Body of Lies, starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo
DiCaprio; A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney; the epic
Kingdom of Heaven, with Orlando Bloom and Jeremy Irons; and Matchstick Men,
starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell. Scott's latest directorial effort was
the hit version of the timeless tale of Robin Hood, marking his fifth
collaboration with star Russell Crowe; the film also starred Cate Blanchett.
Ridley and his brother Tony formed the commercial and advertising production
company RSA in 1967. RSA has an established reputation for creating innovating
and groundbreaking commercials for some of the world's most recognized corporate
brands. In 1995, Ridley and Tony formed the film and television production
company Scott Free. With offices in Los Angeles and London, the Scotts have
produced such films as In Her Shoes, The A-Team, Cyrus and the Academy
Award-nominated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. They
also executive produced the Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe winning hit TV show
The Good Wife for CBS, as well as the hit long-running series, Numbers, which
ran for six seasons, also on CBS. In addition, Ridley and Tony served as
executive producers on the company's long-form projects including the Starz
miniseries The Pillars of The Earth; 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, The Gathering Storm, and Into the Storm.
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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