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SCOTT COOPER made his feature film directorial debut in 2009 with Crazy Heart which he also wrote and produced. The film, which starred Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall, earned three Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Actor (Bridges) and Best Song. Cooper won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and earned nominations for a Writers Guild of America Award, a Spirit Award and a USC Scripter Award for his screenplay.

He then went on to write and direct the independent thriller Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard. For his work on that film, Cooper won the Best Debut and Second Film Award at the 2013 Rome Film Festival, where he was also nominated for a Golden Marc'Aurelio Award.

2015 saw the release of Black Mass, which Cooper directed and produced. The box office hit garnered wins from critics associations across the country and earned lead actor Johnny Depp the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, as well as a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

Cooper has several projects in active development including the upcoming is The Little Jewel a Depression-era crime drama he adapted from the novel "The Road Home" by Michael Armour. Cooper will direct the film from his own script, as well as produce together with Leonardo DiCaprio. He has also adapted one of his favorite novels, William Styron's "Lie Down in Darkness," which he plans to direct for the screen in the future.

Cooper began his career in film as an actor, training at the renowned Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City. In addition to directing Robert Duvall in CRAZY HEART, Cooper has acted alongside him in three projects: the independent film GET LOW the Civil War epic GODS AND GENERALS and Walter Hill's award-winning miniseries "Broken Trail."

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