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Biography #2Scott Hicks film Shine was an international box office sensation, grossing well over $100 million worldwide. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards in all of the major categories, including Best Picture, with Geoffrey Rush winning the Best Actor Award. Hicks was nominated personally both as Director and in the Best Original Screenplay category. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominated Shine for eight awards, winning Best Performance in a Leading Role for Geoffrey Rush and Best Sound. Shine also received nine Australian Film Institute Awards in 1996, including Best Film and Best Director.
Other accolades for Shine include the U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures' Best Film Award for 1996; five Golden Globe nominations (with Geoffrey Rush receiving the Best Actor Award); a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement by the Directors Guild of America; as well as a Writer's Guild of America Award nomination.
In 1994, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in directing for the four-hour documentary series, which he also co-wrote, Submarines: Sharks of Steel. This broke the ratings record for The Discovery Channel set by his earlier work The Great Wall of Iron in 1989. This extensive portrait of the People's Liberation Army of China in the months prior to Tiananmen Square won the prestigious Peabody Award for Best Documentary Series Broadcast in the U.S. Following the success of these projects, Scott was commissioned for two additional two-hour specials by the Discovery Channel: The Space Shuttle in 1994 and The Ultimate Athlete (as producer as well) in 1996.
Hicks's feature film, Sebastian and the Sparrow, which he also wrote and produced, was a winner in three International Film Festivals for children, including the 1990 Lucas Award in Frankfurt. Following a successful cinema and television release in Australia, the film was invited to numerous other international festivals.
His latest film, Snow Falling On Cedars, was released by Universal Pictures in December 1999. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, it features a powerful ensemble cast including Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh, Academy Award nominees Max von Sydow, Sam Shepard and James Cromwell. Hicks co-wrote the screenplay with Ron Bass, adapted from the best-selling novel by David Guterson. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Cinematography category.
Hicks graduated from Flinders University of South Australia (BA Honors) in 1975 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1997. Born and raised in East Africa, Scott lives with his wife, producer Kerry Heysen (creative consultant on Shine and associate producer on Snow Falling on Cedars) and their two sons, Scott and Jethro in Adelaide, South Australia.