BRIAN HELGELAND (Director / Writer) won an Academy AwardÂ® in the category Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Curtis Hanson's acclaimed crime drama "L.A. Confidential." That film also brought him a Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award, as well as awards from a number of film critics associations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, and Broadcast Film Critics. In addition, he received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.
Helgeland received his second Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and WGA Award nominations for his screenplay for the drama "Mystic River," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn.
Helgeland made his feature film directorial debut on the hit thriller "Payback," which he also co-wrote. He went on to write and direct "A Knight's Tale" and "The Order," both starring Heath Ledger.
His additional screenwriting credits include "Conspiracy Theory," directed by Richard Donner and starring Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson; Clint Eastwood's "Blood Work"; the Denzel Washington starrers "Man on Fire" and "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," both for director Tony Scott; Paul Greengrass's "Green Zone," starring Matt Damon; and Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood," with Russell Crowe in the title role.
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