Atom Egoyan

  • Birth Name: Atom Yeghoyan
  • Birth Place: Cairo, Egypt
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • His parents gave him the name Atom in tribute to an Egyptian nuclear reactor that had recently been completed at the time of his birth.
  • Graduated from college with a degree in International Relations, but became interested in film while making a short film his freshman year.
  • Met his wife, Arsinée Khanjian, when she was cast in his first feature film, Next of Kin, in 1984.
  • Became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999.
  • Named his son, Arshile, after the Armenian artist Arshile Gorky.

Awards

  • 1997, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2005, Genie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 1997, Genie Awards — Best Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1990, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1997, Genie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2009, Genie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1997, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Winner
  • 1999, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1985, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1994, Toronto International Film Festival — Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Winner
  • 1987, Toronto International Film Festival — Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Winner
  • 1997, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
  • 1991, Toronto International Film Festival — Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Winner
  • 2015, Canadian Screen Awards — Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 2002, Genie Awards — Best Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1988, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1988, Genie Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1994, Genie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1993, Genie Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1990, Genie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1993, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1988, Genie Awards — Best Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1999, Genie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2002, Genie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1991, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1994, Genie Awards — Best Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1990, Genie Awards — Best Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1988, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Film Editing: Nominee
  • 2016, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2015, Canadian Screen Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1997, Cannes Film Festival — FIPRESCI Award: Winner
  • 1994, Cannes Film Festival — FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in Competition: Winner
  • 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 1996, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 1997, Toronto International Film Festival — Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Winner
  • 1994, Genie Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Winner

Relationships

  • Arsinée Khanjian — Wife
  • Arshile Egoyan — Son
  • Joseph Yeghoyan — Father
  • Eve Egoyan — Sister
  • Shushan Yeghoyan — Mother

College

  • University of Toronto, Trinity College, Toronto, Canada (1982)
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