Thursday, August 27, 2015
There are three directors that come from America or better said United States of America, two directed one film -the only animated film in competition- and one has a film that spontaneously look -very- mainstream as has huge movie stars.
Born on November 19, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA. He spent his sophomore, junior and senior years in West Hartford, Connecticut, after moving there from Massapequa, Long Island. In 1976 he received his school's Diane T. Weldon Scholarship for Achievement in Dramatic Arts upon graduation. After graduating headed off for Boston University but transferred to NYU to study film.
No doubt that he's known better as a writer than a comedic actor, lyricist, producer or even as a director; so there is no surprise when most of his early life was spent writing press articles and -unsuccessful- TV scripts. He moves to Los Angeles and after a few years with no steady job starts to write for "successful" TV shows like The Dana Carvey Show, Ned and Stacey and more. Then in 1999 everything changes for him when he writes the screenplay of Being John Malkovich (his first Academy Award nomination) soon followed by scripts for 2001 Human Nature, 2002 Adaptation (his second Academy Award nomination), 2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and 2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the script that gave him the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Script -shared with Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth.