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Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh won an Academy Award for Best Director for his 2000 ensemble drama Traffic. He had earned dual Best Director Oscar nominations that year, also receiving one for Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts in her Oscar-winning performance. Soderbergh earlier gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for sex, lies, and videotape, his feature film directorial debut. The film also won the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

Soderbergh's twenty-fifth film, the action-thriller Haywire, starring Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton, was released in January, 2012. Contagion, his global thriller with an international ensemble cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne, was released in September 2011.

And Everything is Going Fine, his 2010 feature film, documented the life and work of the late performance artist Spalding Gray, with whom Soderbergh previously worked on Gray's Anatomy and King of the Hill.

Among his other credits are The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!, Che, the Ocean's trilogy, The Good German, Bubble, Solaris, Full Frontal, The Limey, Out of Sight, Schizopolis, The Underneath and Kafka.

His film Equilibrium was one of a trio of short eroticism-themed films released as Eros, and included segments directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wong Kar-wai. Eros premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

In addition, Soderbergh has produced or executive produced a wide range of features, including Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin; the HBO documentary His Way, directed by Douglas McGrath; Brian Koppelman and David Levien's Solitary Man; Todd Haynes' I'm Not There and Far From Heaven; Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton; Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired; Gregory Jacobs' Wind Chill and Criminal; George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly; Rob Reiner's Rumor Has It; Stephen Gaghan's Syriana; Lodge Kerrigan's Keane; John Maybury's The Jacket; Christopher Nolan's Insomnia; Anthony and Joseph Russo's Welcome to Collinwood; Gary Ross' Pleasantville and Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers."

In December 2009 Soderbergh created and directed the play Tot Mom, at the Sydney Theatre Company. Based on the kidnapping and murder of Caylee Anthony, the play starred Essie Davis as controversial television commentator Nancy Grace, whose crusade for justice ignited worldwide interest in the crime. At the same time, he also directed the film The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg, an improvised comedy starring the cast of Tot Mom.

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Steven Soderbergh Facts

OccupationDirector, Producer, Screenwriter
BirthdayJanuary 14, 1963 (55)
BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Steven Soderbergh compared to you?
Awards2001 Academy Awards: Best Director (for Traffic)

Selected Filmography

Ocean's Thirteen
Behind the Candelabra
Method and Madness
Ocean's Eleven
Magic Mike
Ten Knots
Ocean's Twelve
Side Effects
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