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Darren Aronofsky Biography

Birth Name:
Darren Aronofsky
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Director, screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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
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  • 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


  • 2017Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2012Robert Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2012Bodil Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2012César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2010London Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2010Austin Film Critics-Best Director: nominated
  • 2010Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2010Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: winner
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: nominated
  • 2008Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1999Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: nominated
  • 1999Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: winner
  • 1998Sundance Film Festival-Directing Award: Dramatic: winner