Charlie Kaufman

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Director, Producer

Fast Facts

  • Originally wanted to be an actor, and played the lead role in his high school's production of Play It Again, Sam.
  • In the early 1980s, cowrote a number of satirical articles that were published in The National Lampoon.
  • After graduating from college, moved to Minneapolis and worked in an art museum and at the circulation desk of newspaper The Star Tribune.
  • Spent several years writing for sitcoms---including Get a Life and The Dana Carvey Show---while developing his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Being John Malkovich (1999).
  • Made his directorial debut in 2008 with the mind-bending drama Synecdoche, New York.

Awards

  • 1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Winner
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Nominee
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Winner
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Animated Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: Nominee
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2015, Venice Film Festival — Jury Prize: Winner
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2017, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2005, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2000, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Winner
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2000, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2017, Robert Awards — Best Non-American Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Denise Kaufman — Wife

College

  • Attended Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; New York University, New York, New York, United States (1980, BA in Film)