More Sydney Pollack Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Cold Mountain)Sydney Pollack has directed 18 films which have received a total of 46 Academy Award nominations. Pollack himself has been nominated three times, winning the Best Director Oscar for Out of Africa, which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Pollack won the 1982 New York Film Critics Award for his film Tootsie. He has won the Golden Globe for Best Director twice, as well as the National Society of Film Critics Award, the NATO Director of the Year Award, and prizes at the Brussels, Belgrade, San Sebastian, Moscow and Taormina Film Festivals. Most recently he was presented the Directors Guild of America John Huston Award by the Artists Rights' Foundation.
Pollack is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Robert Altman's The Player, Robert Zemeckis's Death Becomes Her, Steven Zaillian's Civil Action, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and Roger Michel's Changing Lanes.
In 1985, Pollack formed Mirage Productions. Under that banner he has produced such films as Presumed Innocent, The Fabulous Baker Boys, White Palace, Major League, Dead Again, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Sense and Sensibility and The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000, Anthony Minghella became a partner in Mirage Enterprises.
Pollack is a founding member of the Sundance Institute, the Chairman Emeritus of the American Cinematheque, a sustaining founder of the Artists Rights Board of Director's Guild and on the Board of Directors for the Film Preservation Board and the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.
Bio courtesy Miramax for "Cold Mountain" (02-Jan-2004)