David O. Russell: Fashion statement and Oscar nomination
David O. Russell, a Best Director Oscar nominee for the surprisingly successful boxing drama The Fighter, makes both a fashion and a facial statement upon his arrival with guests at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. This was his first Best Director nomination.
About five years ago, David O. Russell made headlines thanks to leaked videos showing him having a volcanic, expletive-filled confrontation with Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees – an ambitious all-star comedy that turned out to be much less successful than the bizarre behind-the-scenes video clips. (Check out Paul Rudd in a parody of the 'I Heart Huckabees' blow-up.)
Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees alumnus Mark Wahlberg has said that he had to fight with Paramount executives to have David O. Russell direct The Fighter, which to date has grossed more than $90 million at the domestic box office. Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams, and supporting category winners Melissa Leo and Christian Bale co-star.
The year's Best Director Oscar winner, as expected, was 2011 DGA Award winner Tom Hooper for The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (The Chapman Report, A Doll's House).
David O. Russell made his feature film debut in 1994, with the dramatic comedy Spanking the Monkey, starring Jeremy Davies.
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Photo of David O. Russell making a fashion statement on the Oscars Red Carpet: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.
'Black Swan' director Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky, a Best Director Oscar nominee for the psychological thriller Black Swan, is pictured above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre. Aronofsky was a first-time Best Director nominee.
Starring eventual Best Actress winner Natalie Portman, Black Swan also features Mila Kunis (at one point touted as a likely Best Supporting Actress Oscar contender), Barbara Hershey (another top Best Supporting Actress contender earlier this awards season), Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, and Portman's husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied.
Darren Aronofsky lost the Best Director Oscar to Tom Hooper for The King's Speech. Their fellow competitors were:
- David O. Russell for The Fighter.
- David Fincher for The Social Network.
- Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit.
Natalie Portman was the only Black Swan nominee to take home an Oscar statuette.
Darren Aronofsky movies
Below is the full list of films – including shorts (the first four titles) – directed by the Brooklyn-born (Feb. 12, 1969) Darren Aronofsky.*
- Noah (2014).
Cast: Russell Crowe. Jennifer Connelly. Ray Winstone. Anthony Hopkins. Emma Watson. Logan Lerman. Douglas Booth. Kevin Durand. Leo McHugh Carroll. Marton Csokas. Gavin Casalegno. And the voices of Nick Nolte. Mark Margolis.
- Black Swan (2010).
Cast: Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Barbara Hershey. Winona Ryder. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied. Toby Hemingway. Sebastian Stan. Ksenia Solo. Kristina Anapau. Janet Montgomery. Mark Margolis. Tina Sloan. Sergio Torrado. Chris Gartin. Shaun O'Hagan. Kurt Froman.
- The Wrestler (2008).
Cast: Mickey Rourke. Evan Rachel Wood. Marisa Tomei. Mark Margolis.
- The Fountain (2006).
Cast: Hugh Jackman. Rachel Weisz. Ellen Burstyn. Mark Margolis. Stephen McHattie.
- Requiem for a Dream (2000).
Cast: Ellen Burstyn. Jared Leto. Jennifer Connelly. Marlon Wayans. Christopher McDonald. Louise Lasser.
- Pi (1998).
Cast: Sean Gullette. Mark Margolis. Ben Shenkman.
- No Time (1994).
- Protozoa (1993).
- Fortune Cookie (1991).
- Supermarket Sweep (1991).
Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.