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Ridley Scott Net Worth, Biography & Wiki in 2017

How rich is Ridley Scott?

Ridley Scott net worth:
$140 Million

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Ridley Scott Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Ridley Scott is known as one of the greatest American film directors, producers, TV directors, production designers, and one of the richest celebrities who has been able to amass an estimated net worth as amazingly high as $140 million. He is known as the father of many science fiction films which are now popular all around the world, such as “Thelma & Louise”, “Gladiator”, “Blade Runner”, “Kingdom of Heaven”, “Prometheus”, “Robin Hood”, “Hannibal”, “Black Hawk Down” and “American Gangster”, so nowadays many people are interested in how rich Ridley Scott is after all his hard work and efforts while making some of the best movies in the history: his net worth is estimated at $140 million.

Ridley Scott Net Worth $140 Million

Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. His father was an army officer. Scott attended Grangefield Grammar School as a teenager and later graduated from the Royal College of Art. His debut in filmography which increased Ridley Scott’s net worth was in 1997, when the movie “The Duellists” was released. This starred many well-known actors, such as Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. This first work increased Scott’s net worth, but it did not win any Oscars and was not even nominated. However, only two years later Scott released his second work – “Alien”. This movie was way more successful than the previous one, and was nominated for two Oscars and even won once.

Later Scott’s net worth was built up even higher after the movies “Legend”, “Blade Runner” and “G. I. Jane”, but everyone admits that the greatest breakthrough for Scott’ and an absolute way to success was the movie “Gladiator”, which was released in 2000. “Gladiator” was produced by Douglas Wick, David Franzoni and Branko Lustig, and this is one more reason why the movie received a BAFTA Award, Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and 12 Oscars. Unfortunately, since then Scott has not been able to increase his net worth as effectively as he did with “Gladiator”, but since that time he has definitely become a household name as everyone everywhere was talking about his most famous and most successful movie.

Talking about personal life, Scott’s first wife was Felicity Heywood. The couple married in 1964, but divorced after 11 years of living together. However, from his marriage Scott has two sons – Luke and Jake. Nowadays Jake Scott is also known as a film director who usually works with music videos.  Scott’s second wife is Sandy Watson, whom he married 4 years after his divorce with Felicity. Their daughter, Jordan Scott, became an actress, filmmaker and a photographer. But this marriage also did not last for a long time as the couple separated in 1989. Today Ridley is dating the famous actress Giannina Facio.

Despite the fact that more than 10 years have already passed since Scott’s great breakthrough, Scott is still considered to be one of the greatest film directors in our century, and it looks like his estimated net worth is only going to grow even more.

So now you know how rich is Ridley Scott.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murder on the Orient Express2017producer filming
Blade Runner 20492017executive producer post-production
Alien: Covenant2017producer post-production
Felt2017producer post-production
The Aftermath2017producer filming
The Good Fight2017TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes filming
Zoe2017executive producer pre-production
Davidproducer announced
Earthlessproducer announced
Emma's Warproducer announced
Empire of the Summer Moonproducer pre-production
Killing PattonTV Movie executive producer announced
Potsdamer Platzproducer announced
The Hot ZoneTV Mini-Series executive producer announced
The Passage (TV)executive producer pre-production
Untitled Neill Blomkamp/Alien Projectproducer announced
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives2017Documentary executive producer
Taboo2017TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Newness2017executive producer
The Terror2017TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Man in the High Castle2015-2016TV Series executive producer - 20 episodes
Killing Reagan2016TV Movie executive producer
Mindhorn2016executive producer
BrainDead2016TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
India in a Day2016Documentary executive producer
Morgan2016producer
Jean-Claude Van Johnson2016TV Movie executive producer
The Good Wife2009-2016TV Series executive producer - 156 episodes
Mercy Street2016TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
The Martian VR Experience2016Short executive producer
Concussion2015producer
The Martian2015producer
Equals2015executive producer
Zero2015/VShort executive producer
Child 442015producer
Killing Jesus2015TV Movie executive producer
Annabel's: A String of Naked Lightbulbs2014Documentary executive producer
Galyntine2014TV Movie executive producer
Get Santa2014executive producer
Exodus: Gods and Kings2014producer
Halo: Nightfall2014TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Before I Go to Sleep2014executive producer
Italy in a Day2014Documentary executive producer
1.24.142014Short producer
Klondike2014TV Mini-Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Killing Kennedy2013TV Movie executive producer
Out of the Furnace2013producer
The Counselor2013producer
Crimes of the Century2013TV Mini-Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Springsteen & I2013Documentary executive producer
Welcome to the Punch2013executive producer
Killing Lincoln2013TV Movie executive producer / producer
Stoker2013producer
The East2013producer
Killing Kennedy2013Documentary producer
The Vatican2013TV Movie executive producer
The Polar Bears2012Short producer
Labyrinth2012TV Mini-Series producer - 2 episodes
Japan in a Day2012Documentary executive producer
World Without End2012TV Mini-Series producer - 8 episodes
Call of Duty ELITE: Friday Night Fights2011-2012TV Series executive producer - 17 episodes
Coma2012TV Mini-Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Britain in a Day2012Documentary executive producer
Ghost Recon: Alpha2012Short producer
Prometheus2012/Iproducer
Loom2012Short executive producer
Prophets of Science Fiction2011-2012TV Series documentary executive producer - 8 episodes
The Grey2011producer
Gettysburg2011TV Movie documentary executive producer
Life in a Day2011Documentary executive producer
Nomads2010TV Movie executive producer
The Pillars of the Earth2010TV Mini-Series executive producer - 9 episodes
The A-Team2010executive producer
Robin Hood2010producer
The Real Robin Hood2010TV Movie documentary producer
Numb3rs2005-2010TV Series executive producer - 119 episodes
Cyrus2010/Iexecutive producer
Welcome to the Rileys2010executive producer
Cracks2009/Iexecutive producer
Into the Storm2009TV Movie executive producer
Tell Tale2009producer
Body of Lies2008producer
The Andromeda Strain2008TV Mini-Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Law Dogs2007TV Movie executive producer
American Gangster2007producer
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford2007producer
The Company2007TV Mini-Series executive producer - 6 episodes
A Good Year2006producer
Tristan + Isolde2006executive producer
Orpheus2006TV Movie executive producer
In Her Shoes2005producer
Kingdom of Heaven2005producer
Matchstick Men2003producer
Ticker2002Short executive producer
Beat the Devil2002Short executive producer
Hostage2002Short executive producer
The Gathering Storm2002TV Movie executive producer
AFP: American Fighter Pilot2002TV Series executive producer
Black Hawk Down2001producer
Hannibal2001producer
The Last Debate2000TV Movie executive producer
Gladiator2000executive producer - uncredited
Where the Money Is2000producer
RKO 2811999TV Movie executive producer
The Hunger1997-1999TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Clay Pigeons1998producer
G.I. Jane1997producer
White Squall1996executive producer
The Browning Version1994producer
Monkey Trouble1994executive producer
Elephant1993TV Short associate producer
1492: Conquest of Paradise1992producer
Thelma & Louise1991producer
Someone to Watch Over Me1987executive producer
Blade Runner1982co-producer - uncredited
RHM Mother's Pride Supermarket Raid 876701971Short producer
Boy and Bicycle1965Short producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alien: Covenant2017post-production
The Hot ZoneTV Mini-Series announced
The Martian2015
Exodus: Gods and Kings2014
The Counselor2013
The Vatican2013TV Movie
Prometheus2012/I
Robin Hood2010
Body of Lies2008
American Gangster2007
A Good Year2006
All the Invisible Children2005segment "Jonathan"
Kingdom of Heaven2005
Matchstick Men2003
Black Hawk Down2001
Hannibal2001
Gladiator2000
G.I. Jane1997
White Squall1996
1492: Conquest of Paradise1992
The King of Ads1991Documentary segments "Chanel No. 5 'I Don't Want' commercial", "Pepsi-Cola 'Spaceship' Commercial"
Thelma & Louise1991
Black Rain1989
Someone to Watch Over Me1987
Legend1985
Apple Mac: 19841984Video short
Blade Runner1982
Alien1979
The Duellists1977
Mogul1969TV Series 1 episode
The Informer1967TV Series 2 episodes
Half Hour Story1967TV Series 1 episode
Adam Adamant Lives!1966-1967TV Series 3 episodes
Thirty-Minute Theatre1966TV Series 1 episode
Z Cars1965TV Series 1 episode
Boy and Bicycle1965Short

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Out of the Unknown1965TV Series 1 episode
R31965TV Series 1 episode
Reluctant Bandit1965TV Movie
Top of the Pops1964TV Series 1 episode
Singalong Saturday1964TV Series 3 episodes
Bold as Brass1964TV Series 6 episodes
The Marriage Lines1963-1964TV Series 3 episodes
Language of Love1964TV Movie
Billy Cotton Band Show1964TV Series 1 episode
Who Is Secombe?1963TV Movie
The Dick Emery Show1963TV Series 2 episodes
Comedy Playhouse1963TV Series 1 episode
Around Seven1963TV Movie
That Was the Week That Was1963TV Series 1 episode
More Faces of Jim1963TV Series 3 episodes
Tonight1963TV Series documentary 1 episode
BBC Sunday-Night Play1962TV Mini-Series 1 episode

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gladiator2000camera operator - uncredited
The Duellists1977operator

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One of the Missing1969ShortUnionist officer (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boy and Bicycle1965Short written by

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boy and Bicycle1965Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hannibal2001executive music producer - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Alien Legacy1999Video documentary archival material

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Haunting of Pearson Place2013insperation and special thanks
Since I Don't Have You2013very special thanks
The Killers In Connecticut2012very special thanks
All Things Shining2012inspirational thanks
Ghost Recon: Alpha2012Short special thanks
To Rest in Peace2011Short special thanks
London Boulevard2010special thanks
The Rhapsody2008Short very special thanks
All Our Variant Futures2007Video documentary short special thanks
99 francs2007special thanks
Boot Polish2007Short very special thanks
Kingdom of Heaven: Production Design Primer2006Video short special thanks
Paradise Found: Creating the Director's Cut2006Video short special thanks
Waiting for Sunrise2005Short very special thanks
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men'2004Video documentary special thanks
Steve Jobs2015the filmmakers gratefully thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Ridley Scott Discusses Nasa's Journey to Mars2016Video shortHimself
The Journey to Mars 101: Why Science Fiction Inspires Me2016Video documentaryHimself
The Long Way Home: Making the Martian2016DocumentaryHimself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Picture
20/202016TV Series documentaryHimself - Director, The Martian
The EE British Academy Film Awards2016TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member
14th Annual VES Awards2016VideoHimself
Occupy Mars: Casting and Costumes of 'The Martian'2016Video documentary shortHimself
Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction of 'The Martian'2016Video documentary short
73rd Golden Globe Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee / Winner
The 80s: Ten Years That Changed Britain2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director (as Sir Ridley Scott)
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Conversations2015TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2012-2015TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Exodus: Gods and Kings - Enhancement Pods2015Video documentaryHimself
Exodus: Gods and Kings - Ridleyvision2015Video shortHimself
Exodus: Gods and Kings - The Lawgiver's Legacy: Moses Throughout History2015Video shortHimself
Keepers of the Covenant: Making Exodus - Gods and Kings2015Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'2015Video shortHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2014TV SeriesHimself
Film '722002-2014TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Himself
World Premiere2014TV SeriesHimself
Special Look2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Ticket2014TV Series shortHimself
The Counselor: Sky Movies Special2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Truth of the Situation: Making 'The Counselor'2014Video documentaryHimself
Gold Rush: The Dirt2014TV SeriesHimself - Executive Producer
Cinema 31988-2013TV SeriesHimself
Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka2013DocumentaryHimself
Trespassing Bergman2013DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Uncovering the Truth: Killing Lincoln2013Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus2012DocumentaryHimself
Weyland Corp Archive: The Making of 'Prometheus'2012Video documentary shortHimself
Bergmans video2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (2012)
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2012TV SeriesHimself
Kulturzeit2012TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2000-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Ad Men2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
AMC Prometheus Q & A2012TV MovieHimself
Prophets of Science Fiction2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Alien: Enhancement Pods2010Video documentaryHimself
Magic Realism: The Invisible Effects of Robin Hood2010Video documentary shortHimself
Robin Hood: Rise and Rise Again, Making Ridley Scott's Robin Hood2010Video documentaryHimself
Mark at the Movies2010TV SeriesHimself
The Real Robin Hood2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
2010 Britannia Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
Actionable Intelligence: Deconstructing 'Body of Lies'2009Video documentaryHimself
Body of Lies: Interactive Debriefing2009Video shortHimself
Eigo de shabera-night2008TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2008TV SeriesHimself
Séries express2008TV SeriesHimself
American Gangster: Case Files2008Video shortHimself
Fallen Empire: Making 'American Gangster'2008Video documentaryHimself
The BET Special: The Making of American Gangster2008TV ShortHimself
All Our Variant Futures2007Video documentary shortHimself
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner2007Video documentaryHimself
Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard2007Video documentary shortHimself
Fashion Forward: Wardrobe and Styling2007Video documentary shortHimself
Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. the Film2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth2007Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie Rose2002-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Postcards from Provence2007Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Explaining Russell Crowe ")
Mark Lawson Talks to...2006TV SeriesHimself
Black Rain: Making the Film - Part 12006Video documentary shortHimself
Black Rain: Making the Film - Part 22006Video documentary shortHimself
Black Rain: Post-Production2006Video documentary shortHimself
Black Rain: The Script, the Cast2006Video documentary shortHimself
50 Films to See Before You Die2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Colors of the Crusade2006Video documentary shortHimself
Creative Accuracy: The Scholars Speak2006Video documentary shortHimself
Kingdom of Heaven: Cast Rehearsals2006Video documentary shortHimself
Kingdom of Heaven: Visual Effects Breakdown2006Video documentary shortHimself
Kingdom of Heaven: World Premieres2006Video shortHimself
The Path to Redemption2006Video documentaryHimself
Unholy War: Mounting the Siege2006Video documentary shortHimself
Costume Design: Creating Character Through Wardrobe2005Video shortHimself
Orlando Bloom: The Adventure of a Lifetime2005Video shortHimself
Production Design: Bringing an Old City to Life2005Video shortHimself
Ridley Scott: Creating Worlds2005Video shortHimself
Close-up2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema2005Video documentaryHimself
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator'2005Video documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Ridley Scott)
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
History vs. Hollywood2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Big Story2005TV SeriesHimself
The Culture Show2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Kingdom of Hope: The Making of 'Kingdom of Heaven'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
MovieReal: Kingdom of Heaven2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Suite with Dave Karger2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest (2005)
'Kingdom of Heaven': Interactive Production Grid2005Video documentaryHimself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing2004DocumentaryHimself
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary shortHimself - Director, 'Alien'
Murder by Numbers2004DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Greats2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men'2004Video documentaryHimself - Director / Producer
Filmland2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien'2003Video documentaryHimself
Shock & Awe: The Return of 'Alien'2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Je suis venu(e) vous dire2003TV Series shortHimself
Breakfast2003TV SeriesHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains2003TV Special documentaryHimself
American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott & Jerry Bruckheimer Q&A2003Video shortHimself
Cinema16: British Short Films2003VideoHimself - Commentary, Boy and Bicycle (voice)
DVD Discoveries2003Video documentaryHimself (Behind the Behind the Scenes featurette) (uncredited)
Duelling Directors: Ridley Scott & Kevin Reynolds2002Video documentary shortHimself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Made for Television Movie
The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down'2002Video documentaryHimself
The Hollywood Machine2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey2002Video documentaryHimself
Creating a Myth... the Memories of 'Legend'2002Video documentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
+ de cinéma2002TV Series documentary shortHimself
Channel 4 News2002TV SeriesHimself
Film Genre2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood, Inc.2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Men from the Agency2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
BAFTA: 'Black Hawk Down' Cast & Crew Q&A2001Video shortHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Alien Evolution2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A2001Video shortHimself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'2001Video documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Dino De Laurentiis: The Last Movie Mogul2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
Gladiator Games: The Roman Bloodsport2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
On the Edge of 'Blade Runner'2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Alien Legacy1999Video documentaryHimself - Director
Musik im Spiegel der Gefühle1998TV MovieHimself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Halloween1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Alien 3'1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Omnibus1992TV Series documentaryHimself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Best Director
Reflections on 'Citizen Kane'1991TV Short documentaryHimself
Días de cine1991TV SeriesHimself
E.T. - Entretenimento Total1991TV SeriesHimself
The Horror Hall of Fame1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Signals1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Bains de minuit1988TV SeriesHimself
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHimself
The History of the SF Film1982TV Movie documentaryGuest
Blade Runner: Convention Reel1982Video shortHimself
Blade Runner: On the Set1982Video shortHimself
Giger's Alien1979Short documentaryHimself
Alien: Experience in Terror1979Video shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine2015DocumentaryHimself
The Drunken Peasants2014TV SeriesHimself
Shin Shûkan TV Hihyô2012TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself
Prophets of Science Fiction2012TV Series documentaryHimself
España, plató de cine2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
60 Minutes2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Explaining Russell Crowe ")
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
The 'Alien' Saga2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest PictureThe Martian (2015)
2016NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016Lifetime Achievement AwardVisual Effects Society Awards
2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearThe Martian (2015)· Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016Board of the Governors AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USA
2015Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsFilm of the YearThe Martian (2015)· Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Aditya Sood
· Mark Huffam
2015Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsProducer of the YearThe Martian (2015)
2015NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn November 5, 2015. At 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
2015Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015Best of ShowAccolade CompetitionShort FilmZero (2015)· Michael Fassbender (executive producer)
· David Victori (director/writer/producer)
2014Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign FilmThe Counselor (2013)
2013EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsHall of ShameThe Counselor (2013)
2011GeminiGemini AwardsBest Dramatic Mini-Series or TV MovieThe Pillars of the Earth (2010)· Jonas Bauer
· Tony Scott
· Rola Bauer
· Michael Prupas
· David W. Zucker
· Tim Halkin
· David A. Rosemont (as David Rosemont)
· John Ryan
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Nonfiction SpecialGettysburg (2011)· Mary Lisio (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Julian Hobbs (executive producer for history)
· Mary Donahue (executive producer for history)
· Christopher G. Cowen (producer)
· David McKillop (executive producer for history)
2009BFI FellowshipBritish Film Institute Awards
2008Audience AwardSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)American Gangster (2007)
2004George Pal Memorial AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

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2003Film Excellence AwardBoston Film Festival
2003DVDX AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio Commentary (New for DVD)Alien (1979)· Ronald Shusett
· Terry Rawlings
· Sigourney Weaver
· Tom Skerritt
· Veronica Cartwright
· Harry Dean Stanton
· John Hurt
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieThe Gathering Storm (2002)· Julie Payne (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Tracey Scoffield (executive producer for the bbc)
· Lisa Ellzey (co-executive producer)
· Frank Doelger (producer)
· David M. Thompson (producer)
2001Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International DirectorHannibal (2001)
2001Director's Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2000Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International DirectorGladiator (2000)
1998Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign FilmG.I. Jane (1997)
1995Michael Balcon AwardBAFTA Awards
1992BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europæiske film)Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearThelma & Louise (1991)
1991Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalThelma & Louise (1991)
1990Special MentionYoga AwardsWorst Foreign FilmBlack Rain (1989)
1983HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationBlade Runner (1982)· Hampton Fancher (screenplay)
· David Webb Peoples (screenplay)
· Philip K. Dick (original novel)
1980HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationAlien (1979)· Dan O'Bannon (story/screenplay)
· Ronald Shusett (screenplay)
1980Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorAlien (1979)
1978DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero)The Duellists (1977)
1977Best First WorkCannes Film FestivalThe Duellists (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Motion PictureConcussion (2015)· Larry Shuman
· Elizabeth Cantillon
· Giannina Facio
· David Wolthoff
2016Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature FilmThe Martian (2015)
2016Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureThe Martian (2015)· Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormThe Martian (2015)· Drew Goddard (screenplay)
2016ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearThe Martian (2015)
2016NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureThe Martian (2015)· Simon Kinberg
· Aditya Sood
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffman
2016OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe Martian (2015)· Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Motion Picture of the YearThe Martian (2015)· Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureThe Martian (2015)
2016David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsThe Martian (2015)
2016AACTA International AwardAACTA International AwardsBest DirectionThe Martian (2015)
2016EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2016AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest DirectionThe Martian (2015)
2015FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearThe Martian (2015)
2015OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015PCC AwardPhoenix Critics CircleBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest MovieThe Martian (2015)
2015Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Television MovieKilling Jesus (2015)· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Mary Lisio (executive producer)
· Bill O'Reilly (executive producer)
· Walon Green (executive producer)
· Teri Weinberg (executive producer)
· Heather Moran (executive producer)
· Charlie Parsons (executive producer)
· Mark Huffam (producer)
· Aidan Elliott (producer)
2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureThe Martian (2015)· Simon Kinberg
· Mark Huffam
· Michael Schaefer
· Aditya Sood
2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2014CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Film - International CompetitionStoker (2013)· Michael Costigan (producer)
· Tony Scott (producer)
· Chan-wook Park (director)
2014PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionKilling Kennedy (2013)· Mary Lisio
· Larry Rapaport
· Teri Weinberg
· David W. Zucker
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Television MovieKilling Kennedy (2013)· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Mary Lisio (executive producer)
· Teri Weinberg (executive producer)
· Bill O'Reilly (executive producer)
· Howard T. Owens (executive producer)
· Noel Siegel (executive producer)
· Charlie Parsons (executive producer)
· Richard J. Wells (executive producer)
· Larry Rapaport (produced by)
2012PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaThe Good Wife (2009)· Brooke Kennedy
· Michelle King
· Robert King
· Tony Scott
· David W. Zucker
2011PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionThe Pillars of the Earth (2010)· Rola Bauer
· Tim Halkin
· David A. Rosemont
· John Ryan
· David W. Zucker
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Robert King (executive producer)
· Michelle King (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Brooke Kennedy (executive producer)
· Ted Humphrey (co-executive producer)
· Leonard Dick (co-executive producer)
· Keith Eisner (co-executive producer)
· Courtney Kemp Agboh (producer)
· Corinne Brinkerhoff (producer)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Miniseries or MovieThe Pillars of the Earth (2010)· David A. Rosemont (executive producer)
· Jonas Bauer (executive producer)
· Tim Halkin (executive producer)
· Michael Prupas (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Rola Bauer (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· John Ryan (producer)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesThe Good Wife (2009)· Robert King (executive producer)
· Michelle King (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Brooke Kennedy (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Todd Ellis Kessler (co-executive producer)
· Ted Humphrey (co-executive producer)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieInto the Storm (2009)· David M. Thompson (executive producer)
· Frank Doelger (produced by)
· Tracey Scoffield (produced by)
· Julie Payne (produced by)
· Ann Wingate (produced by)
2008OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)· Jules Daly
· Brad Pitt
· Dede Gardner
· David Valdes
2008Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureAmerican Gangster (2007)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesThe Andromeda Strain (2008)· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Tom Thayer (executive producer)
· Mikael Salomon (co-executive producer)
· Clara George (produced by)
2008BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmAmerican Gangster (2007)· Brian Grazer
2007ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)· Jules Daly
· Dede Gardner
· Brad Pitt
· David Valdes
2004Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest DirectorMatchstick Men (2003)
2003DVD Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio Commentary, Library ReleaseLegend (1985)
2003PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionThe Gathering Storm (2002)· Tony Scott
· Julie Payne
· Frank Doelger
2002DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesBlack Hawk Down (2001)
2002OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorBlack Hawk Down (2001)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearBlack Hawk Down (2001)· Jerry Bruckheimer
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USADirector of the YearBlack Hawk Down (2001)
2001DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesGladiator (2000)
2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest DVD Audio CommentaryGladiator (2000)
2001Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British DirectorGladiator (2000)
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearGladiator (2000)
2001OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorGladiator (2000)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorGladiator (2000)
2001OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorGladiator (2000)
2001Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureGladiator (2000)
2001David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsGladiator (2000)
2001Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorGladiator (2000)
2000ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorGladiator (2000)
2000Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsGladiator (2000)
2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorGladiator (2000)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieRKO 281 (1999)· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Diane Minter Lewis (co-executive producer)
· Chris Zarpas (co-executive producer)
· Su Armstrong
1993International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmBlade Runner (1982)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThelma & Louise (1991)
1992CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThelma & Louise (1991)
1992Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThelma & Louise (1991)· Mimi Polk Gitlin
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorThelma & Louise (1991)
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionThelma & Louise (1991)
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmThelma & Louise (1991)· Mimi Polk Gitlin
1992Best Foreign Film AwardAustralian Film InstituteThelma & Louise (1991)· Mimi Polk Gitlin
1988International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmSomeone to Watch Over Me (1987)
1985Golden LionVenice Film FestivalLegend (1985)
1983International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmBlade Runner (1982)
1983Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Blade Runner (1982)
1983Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorBlade Runner (1982)
1977Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalThe Duellists (1977)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Martian (2015)
2001Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorGladiator (2000)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorGladiator (2000)


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#Fact
1He is cited as a major influence by the Canadian director James Cameron, who made the first sequel to Scott's Alien (1979), as well as iconic films such as The Terminator (1984), Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009) . Cameron has admitted that he goes to see any new Ridley Scott film because, in Cameron's own words, "he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker. I always learn from him".
2He is left-handed.
3Said that Peter Watkins's The War Game (1965), about London being nuclear-bombed had an impact on him: "I thought about it for a week after seeing it." And The Road (2009), based on Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel: "That's really scary. I think there's a degree of uneasy accuracy. (...) We don't want to even consider that." [2016].
4One of his favorite films is Muriel's Wedding (1994): "I've seen it 6 times, it's really fantastic." [HollywoodReporter Roundtable 2015].
5Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard since November 5, 2015.
6Scott had already shot the footage for his first short film while studying at the Royal College of Art in 1961. It was titled Boy and Bicycle (1965). It was funded with £65 (film and processing) and a Bolex 16mm camera (for a month-long free use) by the RCA. The film would finally be completed (with music, soundtrack and titles) and copyrighted in 1965 with a £250 grant from the British Film Institute.
7Honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art. [July 3, 2015].
8All of his feature films have at least one Academy Award nominated actor in the cast and 15 of his feature films have even an Academy Award winning actor or actress in the cast [2015].
9His hand-drawn storyboards along with personal notes for Alien (1979) were published in the Winter 2014 issue of Directors Guild Quarterly magazine, "Drawing Board: Alien Creature," pp. 58-59.
10Dedicated his movie Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) in memory of his company partner and younger brother Tony Scott, who died in 2012.
11Dedicated his movie Blade Runner (1982) in memory of his brother Frank Scott, who died in 1980.
12Was 39 years old when he directed The Duellists (1977), his first feature length film.
13Is frequently involved, as producer and director, with historically-oriented projects: The Duellists (1977), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Gladiator (2000), The Pillars of the Earth (2010).
14Father of Jake Scott and Luke Scott with Felicity Heywood.
15The 2009 Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $172 million.
16The famous Superbowl television commercial "1984" Scott directed for the launch of Apple's Macintosh was filmed on Stage H at Shepperton Studios where Scott had earlier filmed his exterior landscapes for Alien (1979). Apple paid an estimated $1m for the one-off telecast of the commercial during Superbowl XVIII where the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9. Scott estimated a budget of approximately $350,000 for the commercial.
17He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to the film Industry.
18Directed 6 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Ruby Dee, and Matt Damon. Crowe won for his performance in Gladiator (2000).
19Ranked #35 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
20In late 2005, he was preparing to direct "The Invisible World" from a screenplay by Dana Stevens based on a treatment by Washington Post correspondent David Ignatius. The film was to star Angelina Jolie, and was based on the abduction of a female journalist in Iraq. However, Jolie's pregnancy at the time halted production, putting off the project altogether. This sudden opening in Scott's schedule allowed him to direct American Gangster (2007) the following year.
21Like his brother Tony Scott, he is an avid smoker of Montecristo Cuban cigars.
22Divides his time among his homes in Hampstead (UK), France and Los Angeles.
23Coming from an army and fine arts background, he is an inveterate stickler for detail who tackles each movie project with the vehemence of a general with a battle plan. His persistent scrutiny of minutiae on the Alien (1979) shoot prompted Sigourney Weaver to complain that he cared more about his props and sets than he did about his cast.
24Suffers from claustrophobia, a condition he actively sought to instill in his Alien (1979) cast by making their Nostromo living quarters as cramped as possible.
25In 1994, he was slated to direct "Hot Zone" from a screenplay by James V. Hart based on the 1992 New Yorker article "Crisis in the Hot Zone" by Richard Preston. The film was to star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster and was based on the true story of the discovery of the deadly Ebola virus. Various factors, including the development of the similarly-plotted Outbreak (1995), led to the project being canceled. The very day this happened, Scott read the script for White Squall (1996) and decided to direct it.
26While in college at the Royal College of Art, he was a contributor to the college magazine ARK. He also helped establish a film studies department at the school.
272005: Ranked #28 on Premiere magazine's Power 50 List. Had ranked #32 in 2004.
282005: Ranked #5 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!".
29His first feature film, The Duellists (1977) is based on a Joseph Conrad story. In his next film, Alien (1979), the spaceship was known as the Nostromo and its escape ship as the Narcissus. Both are names taken from Conrad stories.
30Has worked with three Aragorns. His first theatrical film, The Duellists (1977), featured Sir Robert Stephens, who played Aragorn in the BBC radio adaptation. His breakthrough film, Alien (1979), featured John Hurt, who voiced the character in the Ralph Bakshi animated film The Lord of the Rings (1978). G.I. Jane (1997) featured Viggo Mortensen, who played the part in Peter Jackson's live-action adaptation.
31The most successful British director in Hollywood in terms of box office to date. [April 2005]
32He and Michael Mann have both directed a Hannibal Lecter film. They have also both worked frequently with an actor who has played Jack Crawford. Mann directed Dennis Farina's first film, Thief (1981), and he also used him on Miami Vice (1984). Scott cast Harvey Keitel in The Duellists (1977) and Thelma & Louise (1991). Keitel went on to play Jack Crawford in Red Dragon (2002).
33Of all the professional actors he has hired / worked with for his films, over 50% come from elite drama schools and the theatre, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, The Globe Theatre, The Old Vic and the National Theatre in London, which he feels brings as large a presence to the screen as the actors do to the stage.
34He cast his partner in life, Giannina Facio, in nearly all of his films since Gladiator (2000). They finally married in June 2015.
35Directed a Maxwell House coffee commercial that starred Shakira Caine. Michael Caine saw the commercial and was so taken by her beauty, he desperately searched for her. They have been married 30 years.
36Black Hawk Down (2001) is dedicated to his mother, who died in 2001.
372003: Ranked #25 in Premiere magazine's annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #30 in 2002.
38Estimated in an interview that he operated on roughly 2,700 commercials.
39Owns Shepperton Studios in the United Kingdom with his brother Tony Scott.
401990s: He was developing a film adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel, "I Am Legend". The project was filmed in 2008 by Francis Lawrence.
411986: Enya's recording "Aldebaran" is dedicated to him.
422001: Ranked #31 in Entertainment Weekly's Power List.
43Owns the visual effects company Mill Film, based in London. They did the majority of the effects work on Gladiator (2000).
44Whilst working as a set designer at the BBC, Scott was assigned to design the Daleks for the popular BBC TV serial Doctor Who (1963). Scott passed the work on to his friend Raymond Cusick, as he was unable to attend the filming at Ealing.
45Family: Brother of director Tony Scott; Father of music video director Jake Scott; Son of Elizabeth Jean Scott; Father of actress Jordan Scott with Sandy Watson.
46Education: West Hartlepool College of Art (1954-1958: Diploma in Design 1958, with honors); Royal College of Art (autumn 1958-1961: M.A. in Graphic Design 1961). Two postgraduate courses at the RCA followed. Then he got a traveling scholarship and went to New York, where he gained experience in editing at Leacock/Pennebaker. A year later he would return to England where he worked as an art director for the BBC. His skill in designing sets for television eventually led to designing sets for commercials. After participating in the BBC's directors training course, he quit television. He decided to focus almost entirely on his advertisements and in 1965 he opened his own commercial production company called Ridley Scott Associates.

#Quote
1[About his movies] I think a landmark would have to be The Duellists because it got me going and everybody was surprised that I could make a two-hour movie. It was criticized, but that's when I stopped reading all my press because they said it was too pretty... I was like: F**k you! It rained for 58 days and that's why it looked like it was gauze. It wasn't gauze at all. It was a very beautiful film but I took that criticism on board and started to question what I do well. But eventually I just thought "f**k it, I'll do what I have to do and that's that" and I will evolve in my own time. I think Alien was a landmark - it's one of the really good science fiction movies. Blade Runner was pretty f**king good too. I'm dong pretty good! Legend I thought was but I jumped the gun and simply started doing fantasy 25 to 30 years too soon... White Squall and Someone To Watch Over Me are, I think, both really nice little movies. I think it came off someone saying in my office, because Legend didn't work and Blade Runner didn't work: "Why don't you make something about ordinary people?" So, I went off and made these two smaller movies, which I think, actually, turned out pretty well. But gradually I realized that what I do best is universes and I shouldn't be afraid of that. That's what I do great. So, the universe of Black Hawk Down is still, for me, the best war film coming out of that region.
2[on directing blockbusters] You want big films and stories to keep people going to the cinema. It's up to us to keep the bar raised. That's the trick. I've always done that. (...) It is brain surgery! It is bloody brain surgery! You're putting together a whole group of people, you're trying to budget as accurately as you can and, at the end of it, you've got to sell a lot of tickets. That's more complex than banking - but a few of us manage to pull it off. (...) I'm not kidding myself: I love the challenge. If you don't, don't do the job. [2016]
3[on The Martian (2015)] Buried in the film is a life lesson: God helps those who help themselves. It's a tremendous example of effort and ingenuity and courage in the face of imminent death. It's as tough as climbing Mount Everest, really. In a slip you can die. [2016]
4[on directing] You prove how reliable you are. Which I am, I always have been - it's part of my thing. [2016]
5I'm from the generation that climbed trees, fell out of trees, broke my arm, my foot, my fingers, fell in the sea, nearly drowned. To design a catapult was hi-tech. Today, kids don't do that. They probably play soccer but for the most part they're button-pushing. I just hope they have as much fun as I did. [2016]
6The Martian (2015) was made for the most part, 94 percent, in a Budapest studio [in Hungary]. With green screen, I now can't tell what was studio and what was shot in Wadi Rum [desert in Jordan]. [2015]
7[on production designer Arthur Max and The Martian (2015)] The key is to always kick off a creative conversation on what each scene can be. Then Arthur will go away and research it with the digital artists; they'll come back with a digital representation of the set. That also happened for the spacesuits. They're tricky; they're industrial design because they have to breathe. I didn't want to repeat Alien (1979) or Prometheus (2012). I never want to repeat anything. We also set up 30 GoPro cameras inside the habitat. Those took the form of being a buddy or companion to Mark Watney (Matt Damon). So there was Matt talking to the camera - what I called ship's log, like Captain Kirk. We wanted to avoid voiceover because it's tricky. It's better to have Matt talking to himself. To represent NASA, there was a building on the edge of the Danube, the most modern building in Budapest. I would drive past it and think, "We better look at that, because I can't find NASA." It was perfect - a giant space, used for events, with a giant tube roof. [2015]
8[on cinematographer Dariusz Wolski] Dariusz has a great eye and great taste. He is a great camera operator. I think any cinematographer should operate the camera occasionally; if you don't, you don't understand the frame. Dariusz likes the storyboards; he loves to know what we're doing, because he has to prep it. We always work with multiple cameras. With Dariusz, it's usually four, but if it's complicated, it's five to eight cameras. It's knowing where to place them. We shot The Martian (2015) in 72 days. Normally it would be 100 to 110. Part of that is multicamera, part of it is knowing what you're doing. You can't walk in every morning and say, "Let's talk about this scene." Are you kidding me? You can't do that. [2015]
9[on editor Pietro Scalia and The Martian (2015)] The important thing for the editor is coverage. That's why I always have multiple cameras, so I can shorten the scene. Half the time it's about shortening and refining. Drew Goddard's script was very well done. But if you have a scene that's four minutes and you think it's got to be two minutes, you can't do that unless you've got cuts. Pietro understands the process. He has brilliant instincts. [2015]
10I've got no plan. I go from pillar to post randomly. I have this childlike fascination and thrill of doing it. I was going to be doing what will be called Alien: Covenant (2017), which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, "Listen, we've got this thing which is completely written called The Martian (2015)", and I said, "Huh." And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox and said, "I need to talk to Drew Goddard". [2015]
11[on Alien (1979) and the Xenomorph] We're getting closer and closer to the creation of the beasts - how and why they were created - and the first "Alien" film that I made over thirty years ago. [2015]
12I was academically a disaster, honestly. (...) It wasn't because I was lazy; I'm inherently a multi-tasker, but I could not grasp or retain the information that was coming at me. (...) The saying then was that those who can, do; those who can't, go to art school. [2015]
13I was out of the era of Mad Men (2007),... We were really inventing modern advertising and modern communications. The big question always to me when making a movie now is, "Am I communicating?" And if you're not communicating you won't have a film do business and our business is about commerce, not art. (...) People at that time said TV commercial breaks were better than the programs. (...) In doing that, I learned to address the most basic question: Am I communicating, or am I going over your head? And that's what all filmmakers face. (...) I stayed in it for 20 years because I just loved it. (...) I was working in film, working on celluloid, I was working in quick time. They were very competitive days. Today you're considered busy if you're doing 12 bits a year; in those days I would be doing, personally, 100 commercials a year, averaging two a week. And they were big. (...) I was obsessed with commercials. And the ones we made 30 years ago are pretty good today. They don't age. I would obsess over details, not just who the actor was, or how beautiful the model was. (...) But I also learned about process, which is everything. (...) You can talk yourself blue in the face at film school, you can talk yourself blue in the face at drama school, but you'll never learn till you go out and do it. You can converse all you want about the mountain, but till you get on it, and start climbing, you don't know shit. (...) At that time, we were influencing the way feature films looked, but I was always criticized for being too visual. (...) They said it was too beautiful, too image-driven. And I thought, "What the f- does that mean?" Just because I could shoot better than most people - which is what made me such an employable commercial director - didn't mean I wasn't interested in story. I still feel that way. I'm not making a radio play, I'm making a movie. [Variety 2015]
14I cast carefully. If I cast very well, the actors are going to help me on the day we shoot and I'm going to help them. It becomes a partnership. I don't do days and weeks of rehearsal. What I tend to do is when we walk on the floor, I literally shoot the first rehearsal and rehearse on camera. Because then you get the energy of coming in prepared but not rehearsed, and then you get a reality. If you over-rehearse it goes dead when you shoot, and you spend time getting back to what you found in rehearsals. I'm not unusual that way. Clint Eastwood does it, and so does Martin Scorsese. (...) ...more actors like it than they care to admit. If it's well written, you don't have to rehearse. In this case, we had a great script from a great book. [2015]
15[on test screenings for The Martian (2015)] I have to sit in on the test screenings. It's part of the process. We did five, actually. In the five screenings we had, we rated in the 90s, which is almost unheard of. That usually happens with riotously funny comedies, but we're a drama with some amusing stuff. It was an indication that we were in good shape. [2015]
16I learned years ago that a great script ain't gonna land on your desk. When I'm not working I'm also constantly developing material. But this [The Martian (2015)] came to me in one of those rare occurrences. I've been with Fox more than 12 years now, and there's a first-look deal. They came to me and said, "Look, we've got this script and you might want to look at it." I read it and was highly entertained and also impressed that it covered all four quadrants of emotion. [2015]
17The truth is that technology is moving so quickly that the high-end 2D [high-dynamic range] nearly makes 3D redundant. We shot and edited The Martian (2015) on 3D and it was pretty straightforward if you've got the right team, and [cinematographer] Dariusz Wolski is great. From my point of view, I can just have fun making 3D pictures. But now with 2D becoming so great, you really have to ask yourself if you need it. [2015]
18I'm blessed with a great eye, and I always have been. It even got in my way because I used to be criticized for being too visual. I would say, "Well, hold on. I'm not making a bloody radio play! I'm making a movie." What I have is an advantage, and I'm constantly looking for a way of evolving and avoiding what I've done before. [2015]
19I applied to the Royal College of Art after my first degree at West Hartlepool College of Art [1954-1958] - the RCA was top of the list as the most acclaimed art college at that time. I had realised I would never make a painter - there were arguments about whether or not my paintings were paintings or illustrations. The RCA had a particularly strong Graphic Design Department, which would give me a more specific creative target and a broader canvas. I was thrilled to be accepted, starting autumn 1958 and finishing in 1961 duating with an M.A. in Graphic Design]. 'Television and film design' and photography were just beginning to happen, and America was becoming a big influence. I was struck by the level of professionalism and the highly competitive nature of Graphic Design at the RCA. All students were of a very high standard. Putting us all together was the beginning of my being aware of the competitive nature of my chosen profession. I realised from very early on that I would have to fight hard and do very well if I was going to make it. One was pretty well left to it. The mood of the College at the time was rebellious and politicised, [as well as] studious and introverted. It could be very competitive, with not much being given away and everything kept close to your chest. You observed all the time, watched what everyone else did and tried to do better and be the most original. During the Richard Guyatt era of Graphic Design, it wasn't easy for a student to work with type and photomontage. Nothing was easy. Nothing worth achieving ever is.
20I was very, very happy with The Counselor (2013). I think it was very cynical and too nihilistic for some people, but I like nihilistic. [2015]
21[is interviewed while he draws] As we speak I'm literally drawing: I'm doing storyboards for the film in January... I'm one of those people who can multitask - I'm drawing the bridge of the next spaceship....I do the sketches and then I bring in the chaps to make it. It almost becomes industrial design, which these things ought to be because you need that strong sense of reality (on set)... When you do these films that are so big, the manner of designing them is enormous. [2015]
22[on fear of death as a constant topic in his films] I think The Counselor (2013) is particularly stressful, but that's the point. It's one of my favourite movies. I'm not like that. I can do it, and Cormac McCarthy is a little like that. But it's the best screenplay I've ever had, in a way. Other than this one [The Martian (2015)] - but this one's different. This is optimistic. Cormac is the real dark side of the moon. It's about loss, tragic loss. You pay for everything. [2015]
23I think I'm blessed by the fact that I can draw. I've got an inner eye, definitely. At first I wasn't aware of it, and then after 2,000 commercials, there was a reason I was so busy. I was the most visual of all directors. That's why I was so flat-out successful, frankly. That's why I never did a film until I was 40. I didn't start filming until I was 40. I certainly appreciated what I had, and I started to acknowledge it, embrace it, and use it. I think visually. But I'm good with words, and I'm helpful with writers because I'll talk to them visually when I'm working. [2015]
24I like the competition. You create a competition with yourself. I'm very competitive. Very. I look around and think, I've got to raise the bar. That's what we do. If we can all raise the bar in everything we do, isn't that better? I try and raise the bar every time I do a movie, and a part of that is not to repeat yourself. It's an internal ego, not an external ego. [2015]
25Blade Runner (1982), was a disaster. It didn't play. People didn't get it. I was way ahead, is what I think it was. I knew it was really good. I just thought, "What the hell? They just don't get it." That was when I learned to move on and not read press. Don't read press. You can't read press - it'll destroy you. [2015]
26I don't really stop. Whatever I do, I'm on. But it's life isn't it? We're not here for that long. I don't feel vulnerable in any way. I'm lucky in that I'm in good health and the brain's still going. No, seriously! A lot of it is how you look after yourself, but a lot of it is also luck. Flat out luck. So working, in a funny kind of way, is a health factor. I think it's healthier. My dad retired five years younger than me. Retirees are retiring at 50. 60. What the hell are you going to do? I don't know. Pff! It's unthinkable for me to retire. That's why I love Clint [Eastwood], who's in his 80s and has already finished his next movie. God, he's faster than I am! [2015]
27[on Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)] I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up.
28People say a good score is when you don't notice it. I say bullshit. I'm very conscious of a good score and I'm very conscious of a bad score. And anyone who says that simply doesn't know music.
29I'm a yarnteller. My job is to engage you as much as I can and as often as I can. I love the process and still continue to adore the process, actually. I don't get attached to anything. I'm like a good antique dealer. I'm prepared to sell my most valuable table.
30[on Blade Runner (1982)] I've never spent so much time with a writer. That was the real evolution of the story.
31[on Blade Runner (1982)'s Final Cut] Like watching the film as it should have been 25 years ago in the theatres but with a better sound mix.
32[on Blade Runner (1982)] I'm curious about doing a sequel. There's something in the android that lived.
33[on the source novel of Blade Runner (1982), Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"] It almost bears no relation at all. I met with Philip and he was angry, because I told him I couldn't get through the book. I thought I'd better repair this, so I invited him to see rushes and he was absolutely stunned by them.
34[on Prometheus (2012)] When the first Alien (1979) movie and Blade Runner (1982) were made. I thought that in the near future the world would be owned by large companies. That's why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner (1982) and Weyland-Yutani in Alien (1979). They sent the Nostromo spaceship. The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That's the connection between the two films, and nothing more.
35Avatar (2009), when you think about it, is almost a completely animated movie.
36[on his recreation of the trench sequence in Paths of Glory (1957) as a student] Yes, I made this...this was in the 60s with the BBC. Of course it was never aired, Kubrick would sue me, but I've always had tremendous respect for him.
37I used to agonize over what to do next, but now I make a movie a year.
38I think Russell [Crowe] did brilliantly in A Good Year (2006). He and I loved that film and Fox loved it and then they didn't know what to do and we got beaten up. Russell got beaten up mercilessly, which I thought was disgraceful because I genuinely thought we had done a good movie about a man in transition which is also quite funny. And what's really irritating and annoying is that I kept getting told later by actors, journalists, people outside of the industry, how much they enjoyed it. So anyway, fuck 'em. It was a good film.
39I think I have less patience, mainly because I'm so experienced. Because I'm so experienced I need the very best people around me. Because people say, "Well you don't need a terribly good camera" or, "You can go and do this," and I say, "No, no, no, no, you don't understand. I want the Earth. And I want the Earth in 10 minutes."
40I'm not criticizing Hollywood because I work there, I partly live there. But I'm saying this is the way it is, commerce is taking over art. Commerce has become the most important thing in the film industry. Hollywood is an industry, it's not an art form, therefore they have to address the bottom line. But in a way it's sad when you get a remake, isn't it?
41I think movies are getting dumber, actually. Where it used to be 50/50, now it's 3% good, 97% stupid.
42Never let yourself be seen in public unless they pay for it.
43I think it's remarkable that people will give you $10 million to go and get your rocks off.
44The person that probably stopped me in my tracks as a child - because I used to love to go to the cinema - was David Lean with Great Expectations (1946). I thought everything was somehow better than most of the other movies in terms of the way it looked - the way it was dramatized and the way it was photographed. In fact, he was detailed from corner to corner and that is what I picked up with John Ford and then Kurosawa [Akira Kurosawa], then Carol Reed, Michael Powell - those were all the fundamental characters at that time - and Orson Welles, of course. There are Frenchmen, too, of course, who will be remembered as well, but I wasn't open to the French cinema at that point, so it was American and English film directors. So those were the influences.
45The fundamental of anything as a director is material, material, material - script, script, script - once you have the script everything else is straightforward.
46[screenwriter William Monahan] is maybe one of the two best writers I have ever worked with and I am developing something with him now that will take us back to Muslim countries next year. It's called "Tripoli", is set in 1805 and is about the bad behavior of Pasha of Tripoli, who was kidnapping ships, particularly American ships, and demanding ransoms while Jefferson was broke, having emptied his coffers of $11 million to complete the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon, who needed the money to feed his army. It is a fascinating period. [2006]
47The digital and theatrical markets are two different marketplaces. I think the digital marketplace - thank God for it! - is like having a book on the shelf: so you can actually go to that book and if it's four hours long, you can put it on pause, you can have a beer - no one's counting.
48We're suffering from saturation, overkill. The marketplace is flooded by demand, and there are too many films, so everything gets watered down. Demand is the boss and everything bends to that will. Bigger and not necessarily better shows seem to be the order of the day. I can't watch most of them. [August 2005]
49Audiences are less intrigued, honestly, by battle. They're more intrigued by human relations. If you're making a film about the trappings of the period, and you're forgetting that human relationships are the most engaging part of the storytelling process, then you're in trouble.
50Balian [Orlando Bloom's character in Kingdom of Heaven (2005)] is an agnostic, just like me. I am not fighting another holy war here, I am trying to get across the fact that not everyone in the West is a good guy, and not all Muslims are bad. The tragedy is that we still have a lack of understanding between us, and it is 900 years since the Crusades. We have never truly resolved our differences.
51When I first said I wanted to make a film about Rome and cast Russell Crowe, everyone had a good old snigger. I thought, "You wait." They've done the same with Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Orlando Bloom. I now say, "Take a look at this.".
52A friend of mine says, "Art's like a shark. You've got to keep swimming, or else you drown." Keep bouncing around. People always ask me, "What's the plan?" There is no plan. I go to what fascinates me next.
53I'm a moviemaker, not a documentarian. I try to hit the truth.
54[on why his movies don't have sex scenes] Sex is boring unless you're doing it.

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1Main characters are often on a mission; adventurers; in a foreign land that turns hostile or they are challenged to adapt to the circumstances.
2Frequently uses fast shutter speeds during action scenes.
3When showing graphic violence, he tends to use very brief shots that cut away quickly.
4Often utilizes a light blue tint that contrasts black silhouettes, e.g. G.I. Jane (1997), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Matchstick Men (2003) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
5Sweeping landscapes or backdrops - sometimes with a close-up of a character's face in the foreground - for example in Gladiator (2000) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
6Does not use wide lenses very often; he tends towards longer focal lengths.
7Is called the father of "director's cut". Scott was one of the first directors to re-release a director's cut in theaters and, because of the great success of his new version of Blade Runner (1982), made the concept popular among directors and audiences. Since then Scott has released many more director's cuts or extended versions of his films, but mostly on DVD / BluRay.
8Usually casts/works with actors who have a strong theatre background and are graduates of drama school. He likes to be personally involved with the casting of his movies as well.
9Frequently casts Russell Crowe (Gladiator (2000), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008) and Robin Hood (2010)).
10Begins most films with an info card sequence or montage (Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001)).
11Frequently uses music by composers Hans Zimmer and Marc Streitenfeld.
12Being the actors' director that he is, Scott favors extensive use of the two-camera 'V' set-up, thus enabling his actors to play more fluidly off one another without being constantly interrupted by calls to "Cut!".
13[Strong female characters] This includes Sigourney Weaver in Alien (1979), Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), Alison Lohman in Matchstick Men (2003), all the female characters in A Good Year (2006), Cate Blanchett and Eileen Atkins in Robin Hood (2010), Noomi Rapace in _Prometheus (2012)_, Jessica Chastain in The Martian (2015) and even the female athlete in the Superbowl commercial "1984" for Apple.
14[Stunning visuals] He personally sketches most of his own storyboards, left-handed, with great artistic style (The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008)).

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