Moved to Israel after graduating high school to live on a kibbutz, and briefly worked in an Israeli plastic factory.
His Harvard University senior thesis film, the short Supermarket Sweep (1993), was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards.
Made his feature-film directing debut in 1996 with dark sci-fi/thriller Pi, which reportedly cost only $60,000 (and was financed mainly by donations from friends and family) but grossed more than $3 million in the U.S.
Won several awards for Pi, including the Sundance Film Festival's Director's Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
Was signed by Warner Bros. to create a film adaptation of Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel Batman: Year One in 2000. The project fell through, and Christopher Nolan went on to resurrect the Batman franchise with 2005 smash Batman Begins.
His 2010 thriller, Black Swan, received a record 12 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
1998, Sundance Film Festival — Directing Award: Dramatic: Winner
2011, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Winner
1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Winner
2010, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
2011, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
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2012, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
2011, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
2012, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
Abraham Aronofksy — Father
Rachel Weisz — Ex-fiancée
Charlotte Aronofsky — Mother
Henry Chance Aronofsky — Son
Jennifer Lawrence — Significant Other
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (1991); American Film Institute, Los Angeles, California, United States (MFA in Directing, 1994)