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Spike Jonze Biography

Birth Name:
Adam Spiegel
Birth Place:
Rockville, Maryland, United States
Profession
Director, producer, actor, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Was given his nickname when he was a teenager by his coworkers at a BMX store
  • Cofounded Dirt magazine, a publication aimed at a teenage-boy audience, with high-school friends Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman
  • Started his directing career with music videos, making videos for Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys and Weezer
  • Co-owner of the Girl Skateboard Company
  • Cocreated the MTV series Jackass
  • Won several awards, including an MTV Movie Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award, for his 1999 film directorial debut Being John Malkovich
  • Directed a short documentary for presidential candidate Al Gore for the 2000 Democratic National Convention
  • Had a speaking part in the 2006 Beck song "The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming: nominated
  • 2019Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2014Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2014Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2013Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2013Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: nominated
  • 2013National Board of Review-Best Director: winner
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: winner
  • 2003Berlin Film Festival-Jury Grand Prix - Silver Bear: winner
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2000César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2000Critics' Choice Awards-Breakthrough Performer: winner
  • 2000Critics' Choice Awards-Breakthrough Performer: winner
  • 1999Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1999Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated

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