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David Owen Russell is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. His early directing career includes works such as: Spanking the Monkey, Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, and I Heart Huckabees. Russell's three most recent films were critically acclaimed and co... Wikipedia

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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled David O. Russell Project2017-2018TV Series executive producer - 16 episodes announced
Joy2015/Iproducer
Outer Space AstronautsTV Series executive producer - 5 episodes, 2009 producer - 4 episodes, 2009
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie2004Video executive producer
Soldiers Pay2004Documentary short producer
I Heart Huckabees2004producer
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy2004executive producer
The Slaughter Rule2002producer
Spanking the Monkey1994executive producer
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions1987Short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled David O. Russell ProjectTV Series created by - 16 episodes, 2017 - 2018 written by - 3 episodes, 2017 announced
Past Forward2016Short written by
Joy2015/Iscreenplay / story
American Hustle2013written by
Silver Linings Playbook2012screenplay
I Heart Huckabees2004written by
Three Kings1999screenplay
Flirting with Disaster1996written by
Spanking the Monkey1994written by
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions1987Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled David O. Russell Project2017-2018TV Series 16 episodes announced
Past Forward2016Short
Joy2015/I
Accidental Love2015as Stephen Greene
American Hustle2013
Silver Linings Playbook2012
The Fighter2010/I
Soldiers Pay2004Documentary short
I Heart Huckabees2004
Three Kings1999
Flirting with Disaster1996
Spanking the Monkey1994
Hairway to the Stars1989Short
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions1987Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adaptation.2002Orlean Dinner Guest
Three Kings1999Hollywood Action Star (uncredited)

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soldiers Pay2004Documentary short camera operator
David O. Russell's 'Three Kings' Video Journal2000Video documentary short camera operator

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions1987Short

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spanking the Monkey1994dog trainer - as David Russell

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Before the Flood2016Documentary thanks
Joy, Strength and Perseverance2016Documentary short special thanks
Her2013thanks
Burning Man: Metropolis2012Documentary thanks
The Wolf2012/IShort special thanks
Love, Lots of It2011Short special thanks
Where the Wild Things Are2009special thanks
Diamond in the Rough2009Short special thanks
Child Reduction Act2008Short special thanks
Lost in Translation2003thanks - as David Russell
Thirteen2003special thanks
The Slaughter Rule2002personal thanks
Under the Bunker: On the Set of 'Three Kings'2000Video documentary short special thanks
Being John Malkovich1999thanks - as D. Russell
An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process with Ice Cube1999Video documentary short thanks
Wigstock: The Movie1995Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie Rose1996-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Made in Hollywood2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2013TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell2013TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (uncredited)
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Guys Choice Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself - Award Winner
Gossip Girl2011TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2011TV SeriesHimself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cage Insider2010TV SeriesHimself
All the Presidents' Movies: The Movie2009DocumentaryHimself
The Directors2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Students of 'The Graduate'2007Video shortHimself
The Seduction2007Video shortHimself
Wanderlust2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as David O'Russell)
I Heart Huckabees: Production Surveillance2005Video documentary shortHimself
In Bad Taste2000TV Special documentaryHimself - Filmmaker
Under the Bunker: On the Set of 'Three Kings'2000Video documentary shortHimself - Writer / Director
David O. Russell's 'Three Kings' Video Journal2000Video documentary shortHimself
Divine Trash1998DocumentaryHimself
Raw Footage1997TV SeriesHimself
Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story2017Documentary post-productionHimself
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Joy, Strength and Perseverance2016Documentary shortHimself
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special2016TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
E! Live from the Red Carpet2016TV SeriesHimself
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Special Look2015TV SeriesHimself
World Premiere2015TV SeriesHimself
Film '722015TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Good Morning America2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of American Hustle2014ShortHimself
La noche de los Oscar2014TV MovieHimself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay and Nominated: Best Director
The Daily Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Contribution to Cinematic Imagery AwardArt Directors Guild
2015Capri Original Screenplay AwardCapri, HollywoodJoy (2015)
2014Outstanding Director of the Year AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2014BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014Italian American Icon AwardCapri, Hollywood
2014CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsTop Ten of the Year - Audience AwardSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Screenplay, OriginalAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearSilver Linings Playbook (2012)· Harvey Weinstein (executive producer)
2013AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectionSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013Capri Director AwardCapri, HollywoodAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013Capri Original Screenplay AwardCapri, HollywoodAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Writing, Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeFeature Film CategorySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Spirit of Independence AwardLos Angeles Film Festival
2013NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013Indie Impact AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Festival AwardTwin Cities Film Fest, USBest FilmSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Audience AwardAustin Film FestivalNarrative FeatureSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Writing, Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Tribute AwardGotham Awards
2012Audience AwardHamptons International Film FestivalNarrativeSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsDirector of the YearSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Audience AwardMill Valley Film FestivalBest U.S. Feature FilmSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Audience Award - Honorable MentionPhiladelphia Film FestivalSpecial PresentationsSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2011Director of the Year AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalThe Fighter (2010)
2000Literary AwardPEN Center USA West Literary AwardsScreenplayThree Kings (1999)
1999BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorThree Kings (1999)
1995Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureSpanking the Monkey (1994)· Dean Silvers (producer)
1995Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First ScreenplaySpanking the Monkey (1994)
1994Audience AwardSundance Film FestivalDramaticSpanking the Monkey (1994)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Compilation Soundtrack for Visual MediaAmerican Hustle (2013)· Susan Jacobs (compilation producer)
2014WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer (written by)
2014OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in DirectingAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ScreenwriterAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectionAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)American Hustle (2013)
2014DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature FilmAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale)American Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2014RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardSilver Linings Playbook (2012)· Matthew Quick (author)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in DirectingSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ScreenwriterSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Writing, Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Writing, Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsAdapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Screenplay of the YearAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale)Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Screenplay of the YearSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay Adapted from Another MediumSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2011OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in DirectingThe Fighter (2010)
2011Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureThe Fighter (2010)
2011DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Fighter (2010)
2010ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Achievement in DirectingThe Fighter (2010)
2010Davis AwardAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Achievement in DirectingThe Fighter (2010)
2004Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest FeatureI Heart Huckabees (2004)· Gregory Goodman
· Scott Rudin
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalThree Kings (1999)· John Ridley
2000WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThree Kings (1999)· John Ridley
1997Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorFlirting with Disaster (1996)
1997Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayFlirting with Disaster (1996)
1994Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticSpanking the Monkey (1994)
1989Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmHairway to the Stars (1989)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorAmerican Hustle (2013)
2012SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumSilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest Adapted ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2010NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorThe Fighter (2010)
2000SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayThree Kings (1999)· John Ridley
2000NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorThree Kings (1999)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayAmerican Hustle (2013)· Eric Warren Singer
2013NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplaySilver Linings Playbook (2012)
2000SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThree Kings (1999)
1997NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayFlirting with Disaster (1996)
1994NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest New DirectorSpanking the Monkey (1994)


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#Fact
1Wrote early drafts of the screenplay for Stuart Little (1999), but didn't earn any credit.
2Did uncredited rewrites on the script for Meet the Fockers (2004).
3Wrote the screenplay adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), with the intention of directing it. After he dropped out, Burr Steers revised and polished the script and directed it. In the end, Russell didn't receive any credit.
4Finally exited his directorial project Accidental Love (2015) (then still titled "Nailed") in June 2010 after many financial and legal troubles during the shooting of the film and negotiations with film financier Ron Tutor eventually broke down. The movie was shelved ever since ending principal photography in November 2008. It was rumored that the film was never fully finished and that crucial parts of the plot were never shot. It was eventually released in 2015. However, Russell's name is no longer associated with the film. Therefore, he receives directing credit as "Stephen Greene" (similar to the old "Alan Smithee" pseudonym used by directors who disown the final product of a film they may have directed at one point but eventually were not able to exercise creative control over (due to producers' or financiers' interference, for example)).
5The only director to helm two consecutively-released films (Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013)) that were nominated for Academy Awards in all acting categories.
6His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Italian ancestry.
7Directed 7 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Christian Bale (twice), Amy Adams (twice), Melissa Leo, Bradley Cooper (twice), Jennifer Lawrence (three times), Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver. Bale and Leo won Oscars for their performances in The Fighter (2010); Lawrence won for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
8Father of actor Matthew Antonio Grillo Russell with producer/actress Janet Grillo.
9Went to Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, New York with Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman.
10Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
11Former Son-in-law of Angela Grillo
12Graduated from Amherst College 1981, majoring in English and Political Science.
13Honored at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art in April 2002 by guests such as Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg and Sandra Bernhard. Ironic site for tribute, since Russell once served as a waiter at parties there, to the likes of Martin Scorsese.

#Quote
1[on David Lean's Hobson's Choice (1954)] It's a fantastic, perfect film. [2015]
2I watch films incessantly. I like watching films - they're like music to me. I love it. They make me happy. They make me want to live. They make me want to get out of bed. It's like great music. [2015]
3I just love real characters; they're not pretentious, and every emotion is on the surface, they're regular working people. Their likes, their dislikes, their loves, their hates, their passions; they're all right there on the surface.
4Anything you could ever want or be you already have and are.
5I think any spiritual experience that's worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, 'If you're not laughing, then you're not getting it.'
6[on the acting atmosphere on his sets] It's like doing drugs. [Christian Bale has] described it like a waking dream. That's why I don't like to call 'cut.' Because once we get going, it's like you're in a dream. Or Jennifer has described it as like being high. And I don't want to interrupt that. Something is happening where everybody is over in that other world. [2014]
7I personally have had two phases of my filmmaking career. I was here [at the Berlinale] with Three Kings (1999) in 1999 and then I decided 'let's make a metaphysical film' [I Heart Huckabees (2004)]. Which did okay. It didn't succeed like I wanted it to. And then I met Darren Aronofsky after he made The Wrestler (2008). I said 'what happened, you're doing so good.' He said 'I got my head out of my ass.' And that can happen to anybody. Your head can go up your ass because you're afraid of failure or there's pressure the more movies you make. So I kind of lost my way as a storyteller.
8[on how he made Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence win Oscars] I would never say that I made these guys win anything. I would say that it was my privilege to aspire and to create a predicament that is twisted and human and allows them to have roles that will show as much behavior and emotion as possible. That's my goal. I want to deliver that to them. It's my job. To create a role that is vast and complicated and emotional...
9Strong women are, to me, the secret to great cinema.
10I don't think you should ever 'send a message'... I'm more interested in the people.
11People go to the movies because they want a full experience. If you're not gonna give it to them with guns or bombs, you've gotta give it to them with human opera.
12I make every movie and scene as if it could be my last.
13[on directing Amy Adams in American Hustle (2013)] I just really wanted to challenge her. I wanted her to do a role that was as strong as the guy parts, and more cunning in certain respects. Appetite has a lot to do with it. And she has an enormous appetite. It's almost athletic. She rises to the challenge...I have a musical idea that I would like to discuss with her.
14It's imperative for me to tell everybody that this is personal, it means a lot to me. You have to impart how much it means to you in a personal way, which will bring everybody into it, and get you closer to working with that horse, whether that's a Steadicam operator or an actor. That's the thing I'm most proud of. You know, ironically given how you can get tagged, exaggerated from one or two past incidents, is that I'm most proud of being in sync and feeling like a family with the crew...and having everybody being willing to go through fire for this vision. That's a wonderful thing. It's a little sad when it ends. (...) That's why I start every day in the van. I have a van, like the van that they drove me to the set in, and I want the actors, I want the head of every department to come with me in the van at the very first moment I arrive there, and let's talk about what the day is, so that everybody has a very intimate feeling of what we're doing. Because the movie's not out there on the set with all those extras trying to look at the camera. You can get out there, and the energy's very dissipated, and it's very chaotic and the whole thing can be misdirected, the energy. And you want everyone to be feeling what you feel in your heart.
15There's nothing better than an actor who is really, really hungry to show everything they've got.

#Trademark
1Frequently uses the Led Zepplin song "Good Times Bad Times" in his films.
2Frequently casts Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Robert De Niro.
3Ensemble casting
4Handheld camera movement

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