RIDLEY SCOTT (Director, Producer) been honored with three Academy Award) nominations for Best Director. He earned his latest Oscar nod in 2002 for his work on Black Hawk Down, for which he also received a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award nomination. The year before, Scott received Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and DGA award nominations for Best Director for the epic Gladiator. The film also won the Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture, in addition to being named Best Picture by numerous critics groups. Scott earned his first Academy Award nomination, as well as his first DGA Award nomination, for his work on the groundbreaking1991 drama Thelma & Louise, starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, who were both Oscar nominated for their performances in the film.
Scott garnered another Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for the true-life drama American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Scott also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Film as a producer on the film. He recently directed and produced the science fiction epic Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron; Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett; Body Of Lies, again starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney; the epic Kingdom Of Heaven, with an ensemble cast led by Orlando Bloom and Jeremy Irons; and Matchstick Men, starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell.
Upcoming is the epic film Exodus, starring Christian Bale as Moses. The film begins production this fall for a holiday 2014 release from 20th Century Fox.
A graduate of London's prestigious Royal Academy of Art, Scott later began his directing career at the BBC, working on some of the network's popular television programmes, as well as commercials. After three years, he formed his own company, RSA, which soon became one of the most successful commercial production houses in Europe, later adding offices in New York and Los Angeles. RSA still maintains a high profile in the global marketplace, representing many noted directors in film and commercial arenas. Over the years, Scott has directed more than 2,000 commercials, most notably the provocative Share The Fantasy ad for Chanel No 5, and his Orwellian Apple Computer spot, which whilst aired only once during the 1984 Super Bowl, remains an advertising benchmark. The latter was recently hailed by Advertising Age as the best commercial of the last 50 years. Scott's commercial work has also collected numerous awards at many film festivals, including the Venice and Cannes film festivals.
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 that with the blockbuster science-fiction thriller Alien, which launched a very successful franchise and catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom. In 1982, Scott directed the landmark film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. Considered a science-fiction classic, the futuristic thriller was added to the US 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; GI Jane, starring Demi Moore and Viggo Mortensen; and the very successful Hannibal, starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore.
In 1995, Scott and his younger brother and fellow filmmaker, Tony Scott, formed Scott Free Productions. The company has since produced a wide range of film and television projects, including a number of films helmed by Ridley or Tony Scott. Under the Scott Free banner, Ridley Scott has produced or executive produced such features as Clay Pigeons, starring Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix; Where The Money Is, starring Paul Newman; Tristan + Isolde, starring James Franco and Sophia Myles; Curtis Hanson's In Her Shoes with Cameron Diaz, the award winning Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck; the A-Team, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper; and The Grey, starring Liam Neeson. Before I Go To Sleep, directed by Rowan Joffe, starring Nicole Kidman, and Reykjavik, directed by Mike Newell, starring Michael Douglas and Christophe Waltz, will shoot this year. Ridley Scott also executive produced Life In A Day, a documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world, which serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24 July 2010.
For television, Scott Free currently produce the Golden Globe nominated hit series' The Good Wife, and produced The Pillars of the Earth, as well as Numb3rs, which aired in 2010 and 2005-2010, respectively. Ridley Scott has also served as an executive producer on several of the company's long-form projects, including the A&E miniseries The Andromeda Strain, based on the book by Michael Crichton; the TNT miniseries The Company; and Golden Globe award-winning HBO movies RKO 281, starring Live Schreiber as Orson Welles, The Gathering Storm, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave under the direction of Richard Loncraine, and Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Into The Storm. Ridley Scott is currently in pre-production with The Vatican, a television pilot for Sony Pictures Television, which explores the relationships and rivalries, in addition to the mysteries and miracles behind the Catholic Church, which Scott will direct, as well as executive produce.
In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contribution to the arts.
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