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George Miller (1)

GEORGE MILLER won the Academy Award in 2007 for Best Animated Feature Film for the smash hit Happy Feet, starring Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving. Happy Feet also saw Miller awarded the BAFTA for Best Animated Feature, as well as numerous other accolades, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Animation and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film. The American Film Institute declared Happy Feet as one of the Top Ten Best Films of the Year.

Miller is also a three-time Academy Award nominee. He was honored with nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for his work as a producer and a writer on the breakout hit family feature Babe. The film earned a total of seven Academy Award nominations, winning the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. In addition, Babe garnered four BAFTA Award nominations, including two for Miller for Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical. Miller had previously received his first Oscar nomination, for Best Original Screenplay, for the moving drama Lorenzo's Oil, which he co-wrote, directed and produced. The film starred Susan Sarandon, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, and Nick Nolte.

Miller made his feature film directorial debut on the international success Mad Max, which he also co-wrote. The film launched the career of its star, Mel Gibson, and spawned two successful sequels, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. He is currently in pre-production on Fury Road, which brings Mad Max back to the big screen.

More recently, he directed, produced and co-wrote the Babe sequel, Babe: Pig in the City. Miller's other film directing credits include The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer; and the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Miller has produced John Duigan's The Year My Voice Broke and Flirting, as well as Philip Noyce's Dead Calm, which brought Nicole Kidman to the world's attention. In 1995, he produced Video Fool for Love, and then wrote, directed, produced and narrated the documentary 40,000 Years of Dreaming, the Australian contribution to the international celebration of the Century of Cinema.

A native of Australia, Miller earned a degree in medicine from the University of New South Wales. At a filmmaking workshop he met Byron Kennedy, and the two collaborated on a comedy short called Violence in the Cinema Part 1. The short won two Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards and, following its success, Miller and Kennedy formed Kennedy Miller Productions in 1972. Kennedy Miller Productions has since won more than 25 AFI Awards, 10 Logies (Australia's television awards) and various international awards.

In 1982, Miller wrote, directed and executive produced a six hour television miniseries called The Dismissal, which broke all ratings records in Australia. Under the Kennedy Miller banner, Miller also produced the television projects BodylineThe Cowra BreakoutVietnamThe Dirtwater Dynasty, and Bangkok Hilton, starring Nicole Kidman.

Miller is a key figure within the Australian film industry, serving as a Patron of the Sydney Film Festival, the Australian Film Institute and the Brisbane International Film Festival. He has been a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival twice, in 1988 and 1999. In 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to Australian cinema.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.

George Miller (1) Facts

Birth Name George Miliotis
OccupationDirector, Screenwriter, Producer
BirthdayMarch 3, 1945 (78)
BirthplaceChinchilla, Queensland, Australia

Selected Filmography

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