David O. Russell

  • Birth Name: David Owen Russell
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Studied religion and literature in college.
  • Taught English in Nicaragua in the 1980s.
  • Worked as a bartender and waiter before finding success in showbiz.
  • Won Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay for Spanking the Monkey.
  • Had a physical altercation with George Clooney during the final days of filming 1999's Three Kings.
  • During shooting for 2004's I Heart Huckabees, his verbal tirade aimed at Lily Tomlin was caught on camera and found its way onto the Internet.

Awards

  • 1994, Sundance Film Festival — Audience Award: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Toronto International Film Festival — People's Choice Award: Winner
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2013, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2013, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Robert Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2014, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2010, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2013, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Winner
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Winner
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee

Relationships

  • Maria Russell — Mother
  • Bernard Russell — Father
  • Matthew Antonio Grillo Russell — Son
  • Janet Grillo — Ex-wife

College

  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States (BA, 1981)

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