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Curtis Hanson

Curtis Hanson previously directed, co-wrote and produced the crime drama L.A. Confidential, which was one of the most honored films of 1997. The film received nine Academy Award nominations, including three for Hanson in the categories of Best Director, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, the last of which he won. L.A. Confidential also brought Hanson a Directors Guild of America Award nomination; two Golden Globe nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay; the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; two BAFTA Award nominations for Best Film and Best Screenplay; and numerous critics groups' awards for both Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Hanson recently directed and produced the comedy drama In Her Shoes, starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. He also produced and directed Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire, and the acclaimed drama 8 Mile, starring Eminem. Both films won Oscars for Best Original Song, the first for Bob Dylan's Things Have Changed, and the latter for Eminem's Lose Yourself.

Hanson includes among his other directing credits The River Wild, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon; The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, starring Rebecca de Mornay; Bad Influence, starring Rob Lowe and James Spader; and The Bedroom Window, which he also wrote.

A noted champion of film preservation, Hanson has served as the Chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive since 1999. He was the first recipient of the Film Preservation Award bestowed by the Film Foundation and the Directors Guild of America in 2003.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Curtis Hanson Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter, Producer
BirthdayMarch 24, 1945 (78)
BirthplaceReno, Nevada, USA

Selected Filmography

Too Big To Fail
In Her Shoes
8 Mile
L.A. Confidential
The River Wild
The Children Of Times Square
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
Wonder Boys
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