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Three-time Academy-Award nominee DAVID O. RUSSELL (Director / Co-Writer) most recently wrote and directed Silver Linings Playbook (2012), which was a box office sensation and earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and acting nominations in all four categories - Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, and Best Supporting Actress for Jackie Weaver, and a win for Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence. The film also garnered four Golden Globe nominations, two Independent Spirit Awards (Best Director, Best Screenplay), a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of AFI's 2013 Movies of the Year. Russell was also honored by several mental health organizations including McLean Hospital for the film's depiction of a man struggling with bipolar disease.

Previously, he directed The Fighter (2010), which earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Christian Bale and two Best Supporting Actress nods for Melissa Leo and Amy Adams and Oscar wins for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Leo meaning that Russell has directed actors to a total of seven Oscar nominations and three wins in back-to-back pictures. Prior films include I Heart Huckabees (2004), Three Kings (1999), Flirting with Disaster (1996) and Spanking the Monkey (1994).

Recently honored with a Career Tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and Variety's Indie Impact Award, Russell is a longtime board member of the Ghetto Film School, an organization that supports the growth and education of young black and Latino filmmakers in the South Bronx.

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