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Tom McCarthy Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas Joseph McCarthy
Birth Place:
New Providence, New Jersey, United States
Director, actor, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Was on the wrestling team in high school and developed his film Win Win with one of his former teammates based on their experiences
  • During his time at Boston College, was a member of the school's improv comedy group, My Mother's Flea Bag
  • Was a member of Yale Cabaret while studying at Yale School of Drama along with his classmate Paul Giamatti who would later star in his film Win Win
  • Made his Broadway debut as Garry Lejeune in the 2001 revival of Noises Off
  • Received the 2008 Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement from Boston College


  • 2017Bodil Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2016David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2016Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2016Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2015Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 2015Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2015Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2012Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2009Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2004Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: winner
  • 2004Independent Spirit Awards-John Cassavetes Award: winner
  • 2004Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2003Sundance Film Festival-Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: winner
  • 2003Sundance Film Festival-Audience Award: Dramatic: winner


  • Billy McCarthy -- Brother
  • Eugene McCarthy Jr. -- Brother
  • John McCarthy -- Brother
  • Eugene McCarthy -- Father
  • Dennis McCarthy -- Grandfather
  • Irene McCarthy -- Grandmother
  • Carol McCarthy -- Mother
  • Meghan Duttenhofer -- Sister