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BILL CONDON (Director) is a celebrated film director and Oscar-winning screenwriter known for directing actors
to critically acclaimed and award-winning performances. His adaptation of the Broadway smash "Dreamgirls"
won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy.
Condon directed from his own screenplay and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. The cast
featured Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and introduced Jennifer Hudson, who was honored with
numerous critics prizes, as well as the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild awards for her
Condon wrote and directed "Kinsey," for which he won the 2005 Best Director Award from the Directors Guild
of Great Britain. An uncompromising portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential and controversial
figures, "Kinsey" also earned a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Award for its star Liam Neeson as
well as an Academy Award nomination for Laura Linney as Best Supporting Actress.
He also wrote and directed "Gods and Monsters," which earned Condon an Academy Award for Best Adapted
Screenplay. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and was named Best Picture of 1998 by
the National Board of Review. The film, a poetic meditation on the final days of "Frankenstein" director James
Whale, garnered Oscar nominations for its stars, Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave. Condon wrote the screenplay
for the big-screen adaptation of the musical "Chicago," for which he received a second Oscar nomination. The
film, which starred Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, won six Academy Awards, including
Best Picture of 2002. Most recently, Condon directed the two-part finale of the blockbuster "Twilight" film
series, "Breaking Dawn."
Born in New York City, Condon attended Columbia University, where he graduated with a degree in philosophy.
An analytical piece he wrote for Millimeter magazine brought him to the attention of producer Michael Laughlin.
Condon subsequently co-wrote the feature film "Strange Behavior" with Laughlin, who also directed the film.
The movie became a cult hit, leading to the unofficial sequel, "Strange Invaders." Condon made his directorial
debut with "Sister, Sister," which starred Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judith Ivey and Eric Stoltz.
As well as serving on the Board of Film Independent, Condon also sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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