PAUL HAGGIS is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006,
became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners
back-to-back-Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash
(2005) which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Academy Awards for Best
Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four
nominations, including one for Haggis' direction. Crash reaped numerous awards
during its year of release from associations such as the IFP Spirit Awards, the
Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA.
In 2006, Haggis' screenplays included the duo Clint Eastwood productions Flags
of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, the latter earning him his third
screenplay Oscar nomination. He also helped pen Casino Royale, which garnered
considerable acclaim for reinvigorating the James Bond spy franchise.
In 2007, Haggis wrote, directed and produced In the Valley of Elah for Warner
Independent Pictures, Samuels Media and Summit Entertainment. The film, which
starred Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon was a suspense drama
of a father's search for his missing son, who is reported AWOL after returning
from Iraq. Jones earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the
Haggis's latest project, from 2014, is the ensemble drama THIRD PERSON, which
he wrote, directed, and produced with HWY 61, the production company Haggis
formed with his friend and producing partner Michael Nozik. HWY 61's first
production was Haggis's The Next Three Days, starring Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson,
and Elizabeth Banks.
Haggis was born in London, Ontario, Canada and moved to California in his
early 20s. For over two decades he has written, directed and produced television
shows such as thirtysomething and The Tracey Ullman Show, and also developed
credits as a pup writer on many Norman Lear sitcoms. He created the acclaimed,
if short-lived, CBS series EZ Streets which the New York Times cited as one of
the most influential shows of all time, noting, that without it "there would be
Haggis is equally committed to his private and social concerns. He is the
founder of Artists for Peace and Justice. Under this umbrella, many of his
friends in the film business have come forward to build schools and a
rehabilitation clinic serving the children of the slums of Haiti
(www.APJNow.org). Haggis was a key element early this year in the 25th
anniversary updating of the "We Are the World" video which he directed and was
used to benefit Haiti relief.
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