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Aaron Sorkin Biography

Birth Name:
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Screenwriter, playwright, producer

Fast Facts

  • Sold the film rights to A Few Good Men before the play even premiered
  • The plot was based on a real-life incident related to Sorkin by his sister Deborah, a Navy JAG lawyer
  • Did uncredited work rewriting the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama Schindler's List
  • Turned in a 385-page first-draft screenplay for 1995's The American President
  • Unused material from that script was later adapted for the TV series The West Wing
  • Received the Humanitas Prize for the 1999 West Wing episode "In Excelsis Deo
  • " Had cameo appearances in the films A Few Good Men (1992) and The American President (1995), as well as episodes of Sports Night and The West Wing
  • Originally tried to make it in show business as an actor

Awards

  • 2021Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2020Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2020Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2018Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2018BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2016Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2011Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2011Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2011New York Film Critics Circle-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2010L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2010Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): winner
  • 2010London Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2010National Board of Review-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2010National Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2010Austin Film Critics-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Writer: nominated
  • 2007Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1996Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated

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