Darren Aronofsky

  • Birth Name: Darren Aronofsky
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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  • 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.


  • 2010, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1998, Sundance Film Festival — Directing Award: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2012, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
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  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2012, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Winner
  • 2011, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Winner
  • 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2011, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee


  • Charlotte Aronofsky — Mother
  • Abraham Aronofksy — Father
  • Henry Chance Aronofsky — Son
  • Jennifer Lawrence — Significant Other
  • Rachel Weisz — Ex-fiancée


  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (1991); American Film Institute, Los Angeles, California, United States (MFA in Directing, 1994)
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