For his feature film directorial debut on Focus Features and Working Title
Films' Pride & Prejudice, JOE 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 for Best New
Filmmaker. Pride & Prejudice was nominated for five additional BAFTA Awards,
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
His second feature as director, also for Focus and Working Title, 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
Award nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress
(Saoirse Ronan), winning
the Oscar for Best Original Score (Dario Marianelli); and also received seven
Golden Globe Award
nominations, winning Globes for Best Picture [Drama] and Best Original Score.
Among the picture's
other honors were four 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, the
epic drama Nature Boy
(for which he was a BAFTA Award nominee), starring Lee Ingleby; the miniseries
starring Timothy Spall; and episodes of the television series Bob & Rose (which
Mr. Wright's recent movies as director include The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx
and Robert Downey Jr.;
and, also for Focus Features, the sleeper hit Hanna. The latter reteamed him
with actress Saoirse
Ronan, who won the IFTA Award as Best Actress for her performance and also
Critics' Circle Film Award and Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations. The
original score for Hanna was nominated for an MTV Movie Award, and won the Los
Critics Association's award for Best Score.
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