Steven Zaillian

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Steven Zaillian
Born (1953-01-30) January 30, 1953 (age 61)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles
Nationality American
Alma mater San Francisco State University
Occupation Screenwriter, director, editor, producer
Years active 1977—present[1]
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Zaillian
Children 2

Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian[1] (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, producer, and founder of Film Rites, a film production company. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List (1993) and he has been nominated for Awakenings , Gangs of New York and Moneyball. He was also presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Zaillian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Jim Zaillian, a radio news reporter. He attended Sonoma State University, graduated from San Francisco State University in 1975 with a degree in Cinema.[1] He lives in Los Angeles[2] with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.[3] He is of Armenian descent.[3] He grew up with stories of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Editor
1977 Breaker! Breaker! Yes
1977 Kingdom of the Spiders Yes
1978 Starhops Yes
1985 Falcon and the Snowman, TheThe Falcon and the Snowman Yes
1990 Awakenings Yes
1993 Schindler's List Yes
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Yes Yes Directorial debut
1993 Jack the Bear Yes
1994 Clear and Present Danger Yes
1996 Mission: Impossible Yes
1998 Civil Action, AA Civil Action Yes Yes
2001 Hannibal Yes
2002 Gangs of New York Yes
2005 Interpreter, TheThe Interpreter Yes
2006 All the King's Men Yes Yes
2007 American Gangster Yes Yes
2011 Moneyball Yes
2011 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Yes
2014 Life Itself Yes
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Yes
TBA The Dark Side Yes

Awards[edit]

Year Film Award and category Result
1990 Awakenings Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
1993 Schindler's List Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay Won
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Won
BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Won
2002 Gangs of New York BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated
2007 American Gangster BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated
2011 Moneyball Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Won
Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2012 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Steven Zaillian". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Steven Zaillian Biography (1953–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Steven Zaillian biography". Tribute. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeansonne, Glen; Luhrssen, David (2014). War on the Silver Screen: Shaping America's Perception of History. Potomac Books. p. 66. ISBN 9781612346410. Steven Zaillian, an Armenian American who grew up with stories of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey during World War I... 

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