Mark Boal Celebrity Watchlist

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.

Awards

  • 2010, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2013, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2013, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2010, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee

Relationships

  • William Boal — Father
  • Lillian Firestone Boal — Mother
  • Christopher Stetson Boal — Brother

College

  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (BA in Philosophy, 1995)

Details

  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: January 23, 1973, Aquarius
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Producer
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