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Charlie Kaufman Biography

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

  • 2017Robert Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2015Oscar-Best Animated Feature Film: nominated
  • 2015Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay (Runner-up): winner
  • 2015Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Animation: winner
  • 2015Venice Film Festival-Jury Prize: winner
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: winner
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2008Austin Film Critics-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2008Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2005Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Writer: nominated
  • 2004Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2004Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 2004Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay [Runner-up]: winner
  • 2004Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay [Runner-up]: winner
  • 2004National Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay (Runner-up): winner
  • 2004National Board of Review-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Writer: winner
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Writer: winner
  • 2003Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2002Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2002Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay (Runner-up): winner
  • 2002Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2002National Board of Review-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2000BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2000Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: winner
  • 2000Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1999Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1999National Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1999Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1999Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1999Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner

Relationships

  • Denise Kaufman -- Wife