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David O. Russell Biography

Birth Name:
David Owen Russell
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Director, screenwriter, producer

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

  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2014Robert Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2014David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2014Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2013Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2013Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2013Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2013Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: nominated
  • 2013New York Film Critics Circle-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2013David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay (Runner-up): winner
  • 2012Toronto International Film Festival-People's Choice Award: winner
  • 2012National Board of Review-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: winner
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2012Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2012Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2012Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2010Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2010Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2000Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1999National Society of Film Critics-Best Director (Runner-up): winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: winner
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: winner
  • 1994Sundance Film Festival-Audience Award: Dramatic: winner

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