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David Owen Russell is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. His early directing career includes works such as: Spanking the Monkey, Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, and I Heart Huckabees. Russell's three most recent films were critically acclaimed and co... Wikipedia

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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled David O. Russell Project 2017-2018 TV Series executive producer - 16 episodes announced
Joy 2015/I producer
Outer Space Astronauts TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes, 2009 producer - 4 episodes, 2009
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 2004 Video executive producer
Soldiers Pay 2004 Documentary short producer
I Heart Huckabees 2004 producer
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 executive producer
The Slaughter Rule 2002 producer
Spanking the Monkey 1994 executive producer
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions 1987 Short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled David O. Russell Project TV Series created by - 16 episodes, 2017 - 2018 written by - 3 episodes, 2017 announced
Past Forward 2016 Short written by
Joy 2015/I screenplay / story
American Hustle 2013 written by
Silver Linings Playbook 2012 screenplay
I Heart Huckabees 2004 written by
Three Kings 1999 screenplay
Flirting with Disaster 1996 written by
Spanking the Monkey 1994 written by
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions 1987 Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled David O. Russell Project 2017-2018 TV Series 16 episodes announced
Past Forward 2016 Short
Joy 2015/I
Accidental Love 2015 as Stephen Greene
American Hustle 2013
Silver Linings Playbook 2012
The Fighter 2010/I
Soldiers Pay 2004 Documentary short
I Heart Huckabees 2004
Three Kings 1999
Flirting with Disaster 1996
Spanking the Monkey 1994
Hairway to the Stars 1989 Short
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions 1987 Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adaptation. 2002 Orlean Dinner Guest
Three Kings 1999 Hollywood Action Star (uncredited)

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soldiers Pay 2004 Documentary short camera operator
David O. Russell's 'Three Kings' Video Journal 2000 Video documentary short camera operator

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bingo Inferno: A Parody on American Obsessions 1987 Short

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spanking the Monkey 1994 dog trainer - as David Russell

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Before the Flood 2016 Documentary thanks
Joy, Strength and Perseverance 2016 Documentary short special thanks
Her 2013 thanks
Burning Man: Metropolis 2012 Documentary thanks
The Wolf 2012/I Short special thanks
Love, Lots of It 2011 Short special thanks
Where the Wild Things Are 2009 special thanks
Diamond in the Rough 2009 Short special thanks
Child Reduction Act 2008 Short special thanks
Lost in Translation 2003 thanks - as David Russell
Thirteen 2003 special thanks
The Slaughter Rule 2002 personal thanks
Under the Bunker: On the Set of 'Three Kings' 2000 Video documentary short special thanks
Being John Malkovich 1999 thanks - as D. Russell
An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process with Ice Cube 1999 Video documentary short thanks
Wigstock: The Movie 1995 Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie Rose 1996-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Made in Hollywood 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Winner
71st Golden Globe Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables 2013 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell 2013 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee (uncredited)
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Guys Choice Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Himself - Award Winner
Gossip Girl 2011 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2011 TV Series Himself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cage Insider 2010 TV Series Himself
All the Presidents' Movies: The Movie 2009 Documentary Himself
The Directors 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Students of 'The Graduate' 2007 Video short Himself
The Seduction 2007 Video short Himself
Wanderlust 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest War Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (as David O'Russell)
I Heart Huckabees: Production Surveillance 2005 Video documentary short Himself
In Bad Taste 2000 TV Special documentary Himself - Filmmaker
Under the Bunker: On the Set of 'Three Kings' 2000 Video documentary short Himself - Writer / Director
David O. Russell's 'Three Kings' Video Journal 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Divine Trash 1998 Documentary Himself
Raw Footage 1997 TV Series Himself
Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Joy, Strength and Perseverance 2016 Documentary short Himself
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2016 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2016 TV Series Himself
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter 2016 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Special Look 2015 TV Series Himself
World Premiere 2015 TV Series Himself
Film '72 2015 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Good Morning America 2013-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of American Hustle 2014 Short Himself
La noche de los Oscar 2014 TV Movie Himself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay and Nominated: Best Director
The Daily Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award Art Directors Guild
2015 Capri Original Screenplay Award Capri, Hollywood Joy (2015)
2014 Outstanding Director of the Year Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival American Hustle (2013)
2014 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2014 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 Italian American Icon Award Capri, Hollywood
2014 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay, Original American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Original American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Movie of the Year Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Harvey Weinstein (executive producer)
2013 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Direction Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 Capri Director Award Capri, Hollywood American Hustle (2013)
2013 Capri Original Screenplay Award Capri, Hollywood American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Writing, Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Humanitas Prize Humanitas Prize Feature Film Category Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Spirit of Independence Award Los Angeles Film Festival
2013 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 Indie Impact Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 People's Choice Award Toronto International Film Festival Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Festival Award Twin Cities Film Fest, US Best Film Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Audience Award Austin Film Festival Narrative Feature Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Tribute Award Gotham Awards
2012 Audience Award Hamptons International Film Festival Narrative Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Director of the Year Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Audience Award Mill Valley Film Festival Best U.S. Feature Film Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Audience Award - Honorable Mention Philadelphia Film Festival Special Presentations Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2011 Director of the Year Award Palm Springs International Film Festival The Fighter (2010)
2000 Literary Award PEN Center USA West Literary Awards Screenplay Three Kings (1999)
1999 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Director Three Kings (1999)
1995 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Spanking the Monkey (1994) · Dean Silvers (producer)
1995 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Spanking the Monkey (1994)
1994 Audience Award Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media American Hustle (2013) · Susan Jacobs (compilation producer)
2014 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer (written by)
2014 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing American Hustle (2013)
2014 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture American Hustle (2013)
2014 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards American Hustle (2013)
2014 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Screenwriter American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Direction American Hustle (2013)
2014 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2014 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2014 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) American Hustle (2013)
2014 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film American Hustle (2013)
2014 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2014 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale) American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2014 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2014 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2014 Robert Robert Festival Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Silver Linings Playbook (2012) · Matthew Quick (author)
2013 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Screenwriter Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Writing, Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Director of the Year American Hustle (2013)
2013 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Screenplay of the Year American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2013 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 INOCA International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale) Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2013 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Screenplay of the Year Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2011 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing The Fighter (2010)
2011 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture The Fighter (2010)
2011 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Fighter (2010)
2010 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Achievement in Directing The Fighter (2010)
2010 Davis Award Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Achievement in Directing The Fighter (2010)
2004 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Feature I Heart Huckabees (2004) · Gregory Goodman
· Scott Rudin
2000 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Original Three Kings (1999) · John Ridley
2000 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Three Kings (1999) · John Ridley
1997 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Flirting with Disaster (1996)
1997 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Flirting with Disaster (1996)
1994 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Spanking the Monkey (1994)
1989 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Short Film Hairway to the Stars (1989)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Original Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director American Hustle (2013)
2012 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2012 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2010 NTFCA Award North Texas Film Critics Association, US Best Director The Fighter (2010)
2000 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay Three Kings (1999) · John Ridley
2000 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Director Three Kings (1999)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay American Hustle (2013) · Eric Warren Singer
2013 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2000 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Three Kings (1999)
1997 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay Flirting with Disaster (1996)
1994 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best New Director Spanking the Monkey (1994)


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#Fact
1 Wrote early drafts of the screenplay for Stuart Little (1999), but didn't earn any credit.
2 Did uncredited rewrites on the script for Meet the Fockers (2004).
3 Wrote the screenplay adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), with the intention of directing it. After he dropped out, Burr Steers revised and polished the script and directed it. In the end, Russell didn't receive any credit.
4 Finally exited his directorial project Accidental Love (2015) (then still titled "Nailed") in June 2010 after many financial and legal troubles during the shooting of the film and negotiations with film financier Ron Tutor eventually broke down. The movie was shelved ever since ending principal photography in November 2008. It was rumored that the film was never fully finished and that crucial parts of the plot were never shot. It was eventually released in 2015. However, Russell's name is no longer associated with the film. Therefore, he receives directing credit as "Stephen Greene" (similar to the old "Alan Smithee" pseudonym used by directors who disown the final product of a film they may have directed at one point but eventually were not able to exercise creative control over (due to producers' or financiers' interference, for example)).
5 The only director to helm two consecutively-released films (Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013)) that were nominated for Academy Awards in all acting categories.
6 His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Italian ancestry.
7 Directed 7 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Christian Bale (twice), Amy Adams (twice), Melissa Leo, Bradley Cooper (twice), Jennifer Lawrence (three times), Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver. Bale and Leo won Oscars for their performances in The Fighter (2010); Lawrence won for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
8 Father of actor Matthew Antonio Grillo Russell with producer/actress Janet Grillo.
9 Went to Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, New York with Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman.
10 Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
11 Former Son-in-law of Angela Grillo
12 Graduated from Amherst College 1981, majoring in English and Political Science.
13 Honored at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art in April 2002 by guests such as Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg and Sandra Bernhard. Ironic site for tribute, since Russell once served as a waiter at parties there, to the likes of Martin Scorsese.

#Quote
1 [on David Lean's Hobson's Choice (1954)] It's a fantastic, perfect film. [2015]
2 I watch films incessantly. I like watching films - they're like music to me. I love it. They make me happy. They make me want to live. They make me want to get out of bed. It's like great music. [2015]
3 I just love real characters; they're not pretentious, and every emotion is on the surface, they're regular working people. Their likes, their dislikes, their loves, their hates, their passions; they're all right there on the surface.
4 Anything you could ever want or be you already have and are.
5 I think any spiritual experience that's worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, 'If you're not laughing, then you're not getting it.'
6 [on the acting atmosphere on his sets] It's like doing drugs. [Christian Bale has] described it like a waking dream. That's why I don't like to call 'cut.' Because once we get going, it's like you're in a dream. Or Jennifer has described it as like being high. And I don't want to interrupt that. Something is happening where everybody is over in that other world. [2014]
7 I personally have had two phases of my filmmaking career. I was here [at the Berlinale] with Three Kings (1999) in 1999 and then I decided 'let's make a metaphysical film' [I Heart Huckabees (2004)]. Which did okay. It didn't succeed like I wanted it to. And then I met Darren Aronofsky after he made The Wrestler (2008). I said 'what happened, you're doing so good.' He said 'I got my head out of my ass.' And that can happen to anybody. Your head can go up your ass because you're afraid of failure or there's pressure the more movies you make. So I kind of lost my way as a storyteller.
8 [on how he made Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence win Oscars] I would never say that I made these guys win anything. I would say that it was my privilege to aspire and to create a predicament that is twisted and human and allows them to have roles that will show as much behavior and emotion as possible. That's my goal. I want to deliver that to them. It's my job. To create a role that is vast and complicated and emotional...
9 Strong women are, to me, the secret to great cinema.
10 I don't think you should ever 'send a message'... I'm more interested in the people.
11 People go to the movies because they want a full experience. If you're not gonna give it to them with guns or bombs, you've gotta give it to them with human opera.
12 I make every movie and scene as if it could be my last.
13 [on directing Amy Adams in American Hustle (2013)] I just really wanted to challenge her. I wanted her to do a role that was as strong as the guy parts, and more cunning in certain respects. Appetite has a lot to do with it. And she has an enormous appetite. It's almost athletic. She rises to the challenge...I have a musical idea that I would like to discuss with her.
14 It's imperative for me to tell everybody that this is personal, it means a lot to me. You have to impart how much it means to you in a personal way, which will bring everybody into it, and get you closer to working with that horse, whether that's a Steadicam operator or an actor. That's the thing I'm most proud of. You know, ironically given how you can get tagged, exaggerated from one or two past incidents, is that I'm most proud of being in sync and feeling like a family with the crew...and having everybody being willing to go through fire for this vision. That's a wonderful thing. It's a little sad when it ends. (...) That's why I start every day in the van. I have a van, like the van that they drove me to the set in, and I want the actors, I want the head of every department to come with me in the van at the very first moment I arrive there, and let's talk about what the day is, so that everybody has a very intimate feeling of what we're doing. Because the movie's not out there on the set with all those extras trying to look at the camera. You can get out there, and the energy's very dissipated, and it's very chaotic and the whole thing can be misdirected, the energy. And you want everyone to be feeling what you feel in your heart.
15 There's nothing better than an actor who is really, really hungry to show everything they've got.

#Trademark
1 Frequently uses the Led Zepplin song "Good Times Bad Times" in his films.
2 Frequently casts Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Robert De Niro.
3 Ensemble casting
4 Handheld camera movement

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