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Adam McKay Biography

Birth Place:
Denver, Colorado, United States
Profession
Director, writer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Began performing stand-up comedy six months after graduating from high school
  • Dropped out of college one semester shy of graduation and moved to Chicago to pursue acting
  • In 1990, co-founded Upright Citizens Brigade, a renowned improv comedy troupe
  • Auditioned to be a cast member of Saturday Night Live, but was rejected; he later became head writer of the show for three seasons
  • Founded the production company Gary Sanchez Productions with Well Ferrell
  • In 2007, founded and launched the website Funny or Die with Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy
  • Is co-host of the podcast Surprisingly Awesome alongside New York Times economic columnist Adam Davidson
  • Actor Jeremy Piven is his brother-in-law

Awards

  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: winner
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2019Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2019Writers Guild Awards-The Paul Selvin Award: winner
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2018Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2017Robert Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2016Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2015Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): winner
  • 2015Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2015Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated

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