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Woody Allen Biography

Birth Name:
Allen Stewart Konigsberg
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Director, actor, writer, comedian, musician

Fast Facts

  • Began career at age 15, sending jokes to columnists Walter Winchell and Earl Wilson
  • Hired as a writer for Your Show Of Shows at age 19; also wrote gags for Bob Hope, Buddy Hackett and Art Carney
  • Worked as a scriptwriter under Jack Paar and was an occasional guest and substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show
  • Frequently published articles in The New Yorker magazine and has authored several books, including Getting Even (1971), Without Feathers (1975), Side Effects (1980), and Mere Anarchy (2007)
  • Initially considered the title Anhedonia, a psychological term for the inability to experience pleasure, for his Academy Award-winning comedy Annie Hall
  • Employed cinematographers Gordon Willis on eight of his film from 1977 to 1985 and Carlo Di Palma on 12 films from 1986 to 1997
  • Is an accomplished clarinet player and performs often with bands

Awards

  • 2014César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2013Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012Goya Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2012Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2011Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2011Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2009Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2007Goya Awards-Best European Film: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006David di Donatello Awards-Best European Film: winner
  • 2006César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2006Goya Awards-Best European Film: winner
  • 2005Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1998César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1997Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1996Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 1995Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1994Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1994Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1994César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1993BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1993César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1993Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1992Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1992César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1992David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1991BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1991BAFTA Film Awards-Best Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 1991BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1991Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1990Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1990David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Screenplay: winner
  • 1990Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1989Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1989Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1989David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Director: nominated
  • 1989Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1988BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1988Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Achievement in Direction: winner
  • 1987César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1987Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1987David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Screenplay: winner
  • 1987Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1986BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 1986BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1986Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1986Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1986National Board of Review-Best Director: winner
  • 1986New York Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 1986César Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 1986Directors Guild of America Awards-Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1986Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1985Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1985Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1985New York Film Critics Circle-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1985David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Screenplay: winner
  • 1985Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1984BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1984Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1984Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 1984David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Actor: winner
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Direction: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1980César Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 1979Oscar-Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen): nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1979National Society of Film Critics-Best Director: winner
  • 1979New York Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 1979Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1979Writers Guild Awards-Original Drama: nominated
  • 1978BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1978BAFTA Film Awards-Best Direction: winner
  • 1978BAFTA Film Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1978César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1978Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1978Oscar-Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen): nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1978Writers Guild Awards-Original Comedy: winner
  • 1977Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 1977Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1977New York Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 1977New York Film Critics Circle-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1977Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 1975Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution: winner
  • 1972Writers Guild Awards-Original Comedy: nominated
  • 1970Writers Guild Awards-Original Comedy: nominated
  • 1966Writers Guild Awards-Comedy: nominated
  • 1959Emmy-Best Writing of a Single Musical or Variety Program: nominated

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