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Michael Cimino Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Director, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Started out in the film industry directing commercials and writing screenplays
  • Wrote two successful scripts, Silent Running and Magnum Force, before being offered his feature-film directorial debut for a screenplay he wrote for the 1974 Clint Eastwood vehicle Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  • Best known as writer and director of the 1978 war drama The Deer Hunter, which won five Academy Awards
  • Nearly ruined his reputation as a writer and director with 1980's Heaven's Gate, a commercial and critical flop
  • Wrote a novel, Big Jane, in 2001

Awards

  • 1986César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Direction: nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1979Writers Guild Awards-Original Drama: nominated
  • 1978Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 1978Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 1978Oscar-Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen): nominated
  • 1978Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 1978Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner