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Danny Boyle Biography

Birth Place:
Radcliffe, England
Profession
Director, producer

Fast Facts

  • His mother wanted him to join the priesthood and he almost entered a seminary at 14, but a member of the clergy dissuaded him
  • Served as director of the Royal Court Theatre in London from 1982 to '85
  • Breakthrough film was Trainspotting (1996), which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards
  • Won Best Horror Film at the 2003 Saturn Awards for 28 Days
  • Won the National Convention of Theatre Owners' ShoWest Award for International Filmmaker of the Year in 2005
  • Once told his children that if he won the Academy Award for Best Director, he would accept it in the spirit of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh; he made good on his promise in 2009 by hopping up and down at the podium after receiving his Oscar
  • Turned down a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his work as the artistic director of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London

Awards

  • 2011Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2010César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2010Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2010Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2010London Film Critics Association-Best British Director: nominated
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding British Film: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2008Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Alliance of Women Film Journalists-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Vancouver Film Critics-Best Director: nominated
  • 2008Houston Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best British Director: winner
  • 2008Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Florida Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Toronto International Film Festival-People's Choice Award: winner
  • 2008Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: nominated
  • 1995BAFTA Film Awards-The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: winner

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