Won a Special Jury Award for the 1973 short A Field of Honor at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Second Annual Student Film Awards.
Made his feature-film directing debut in 1978 with the Beatles-themed comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
Received the Saturn Awards' George Pal Memorial Award in 1994.
Made What Lies Beneath (2000) while waiting for Tom Hanks to lose weight in the middle of filming Cast Away; he used the same crew for both movies.
Went into business with Disney when they opened ImageMovers Digital in 2007, but Disney closed the studio, which specialized in the director's pioneering motion-capture technology, in 2010 after disappointing box office for Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol (2009).
Received the Order of Arts and Letters medal from France in 2016.
1986, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
1995, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
1994, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
1994, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
1995, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
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1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
1985, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
1988, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
1986, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
Zsa Zsa Rose Zemeckis — Daughter
Rhys Zemeckis — Son
Alphonse Zemeckis — Father
Mary Ellen Trainor — Ex-wife
Alexander Francis Zemeckis — Son
Leslie Zemeckis — Wife
Zane Zemeckis — Son
Rose Zemeckis — Mother
Attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, United States; University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in Film, 1973)