Norman Jewison

  • Birth Name: Norman Frederick Jewison
  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Director, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Served in the Canadian Navy during WWII.
  • Became an advocate for civil rights after hitchhiking through the American south before entering college.
  • Moved to London after college and gained experience working in various capacities for the BBC.
  • Helped start the directing career of his award-winning editor, Hal Ashby.
  • Felt In the Heat of the Night was a bad book with a good premise for a movie.
  • Did not direct a movie in his home country until 1985's Agnes of God.
  • Was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, and promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 1993.
  • Was appointed Chancellor of Victoria University, his alma mater, in May 2004.
  • Given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Director's Guild of America in 2010.

Awards

  • 1966, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1967, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1988, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Director: Winner
  • 1988, Genie Awards — Special Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1967, BAFTA Film Awards — United Nations Award: Nominee
  • 1987, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1966, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2009, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1984, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — United Nations Award: Winner
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1987, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jennifer — Daughter
  • Margaret Ann Dixon — Wife (deceased)
  • Dorothy Irene Jewison — Mother
  • Percy Joseph Jewison — Father
  • Kevin Jewison — Son
  • Michael Jewison — Son

College

  • Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (BA in Liberal Arts, 1949)

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