Paul Thomas Anderson

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  • Birth Place: Studio City, California, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Father was voice-over actor Ernie Anderson, best known for narrating The Love Boat (ABC, 1977-86).
  • Father gave him a Betamax camera when he was 12; he and his friends used it to make amateur films.
  • As a child, engaged his friends in a pie-making contest and filmed it. The resulting pies were so bad they ended up having the family's Shetland pony sample them.
  • Made The Dirk Diggler Story, the forerunner to Boogie Nights, when he was a senior in high school.
  • Attended NYU film school for only two days; dropped out because one professor panned Terminator 2, while another gave him a C on an assignment he copied from a David Mamet work.
  • Once worked as a production assistant on a children's game show called Quiz Kid Challenge.
  • First gained attention with the short film Cigarettes & Coffee, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1993.

Awards

  • 2007, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2012, Venice Film Festival — Best Direction: Winner
  • 2002, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2000, Berlin Film Festival — Golden Bear: Winner
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1998, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
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  • 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature under $500,000: Nominee
  • 2000, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2017, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2013, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2008, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2007, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2008, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jack — Son
  • Lucille — Daughter
  • Minnie Ida Anderson — Daughter
  • Kathryn — Sister
  • Elizabeth — Sister
  • Amanda — Sister
  • Ernie Anderson — Father
  • Pearl Minnie — Daughter
  • Fiona Apple — Ex-significant Other
  • Maya Rudolph — Significant Other
  • Edwina Anderson — Mother

College

  • Attended Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; attended New York University, New York, New York, United States

Details

  • Birth Place: Studio City, California, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter