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Mark Boal Fast Facts:
Father William Boal produced educational films.
Ranked among the Top 10 of high-school debaters in the country during his senior year.
Has worked as a freelance journalist, writing articles for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and Playboy magazine.
A 2004 article titled "Death and Dishonor" published in Playboy magazine became the inspiration for the 2007 film
In the Valley of Elah.
Wrote the original screenplay for
The Hurt Locker
(2008) based on his experiences as a journalist in Iraq.
Sued by an Iraq war veteran who claimed the 2008 war film, in particular Jeremy Renner's character, was based on his life; the lawsuit was subsequently thrown out by the court.
Mark Boal Relationships:
Christopher Stetson Boal - Brother
William Boal - Father
Lillian Firestone Boal - Mother
Mark Boal Awards:
2009 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Original Screenplay - Winner
2009 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Winner
2010 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
2009 Oscar: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Winner
2009 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Winner
2012 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film - Nominee
2013 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
2012 Oscar: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Nominee
2012 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (BA in Philosophy, 1995)
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