Academy Award nominated DARREN ARONOFSKY(Director) was
born and raised inBrooklyn,New York.His most recent film, "Black Swan," won
Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and received four other
nominations, including one for Best Picture. The film received scores of other
accolades, appeared on over 200 critical Top Ten lists, and swept the 2011
Independent Spirit Award with wins for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress
and Best Cinematography. The film was also a box office phenomenon, grossing
Prior to "Black Swan," Aronofsky directed "The Wrestler." The film premiered
at the Venice Film Festival where it won the esteemed Golden Lion, making it
only the third American film in history to win this grand prize. One day later
it was acquired by Fox Searchlight hours after its gala screening at the Toronto
Film Festival. "The Wrestler" won Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards
and garnered Academy Award nominations for both Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei.
Golden Globes were given to Rourke for his iconic performance and to Bruce
Springsteen for his original track "The Wrestler."
Aronofsky also wrote and directed "The Fountain," a science-fiction romance
starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. MTV's Kurt Loder called the film "a
classic; dazzling and visually intoxicating," and Glenn Kenny from Premiere
stated that "The Fountain," "may well restore your faith in the idea that a
movie can take you out of the mundane and into a place of wonderment."
In 2000, Aronofsky premiered "Requiem for a Dream" at the Cannes Film
Festival. The film was named to over 150 Top Ten lists including the New York
Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and the American Film Institute. The
accolades continued with five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including
one for Best Director and a win for Best Actress Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn also
received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her unforgettable
Aronofsky's first feature, "II," won the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance
Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
Among his honors, the American Film Institute gave Aronofsky the prestigious
Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, the Stockholm Film Festival presented him
the Golden Horse Visionary Award, and he has won three Independent Spirit
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