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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