Cary Fukunaga

  • Birth Name: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Birth Place: Oakland, California, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Started writing fictional stories and screenplays when he was in fifth grade; as a teen made comedic videos with his friends and brothers.
  • Dreamed of becoming a pro snowboarder and moved to Japan to train.
  • Returned to the U.S. and picked up jobs in Los Angeles working on film and music video crews; first job involved camera work on the Destiny's Child Survivor video.
  • Won a Student Academy Award for the 2004 short film Victoria Para Chino.
  • Broke into feature filmmaking by writing and directing Sin Nombre in 2009.
  • Directed all eight episodes of True Detective's first season.
  • Is fluent in three languages: English; Spanish; French.
  • Practiced capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, for 17 years.
  • Plays polo and enjoys downhill mountain biking.

Awards

  • 2014, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 2018, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: Nominee
  • 2019, Writers Guild Awards — Long Form Adapted: Nominee
  • 2005, Sundance Film Festival — Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking: Winner
  • 2009, Sundance Film Festival — Directing Award: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Cinematography: Nominee
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, BAFTA Television Awards — Best International: Winner
  • 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2019, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Nominee
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee

Relationships

  • Anthony Shuzo Fukunaga — Father
  • Gretchen May Grufman — Mother

College

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States (BA History 1999); attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York City, New York, United States
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