James Cameron, Avatar
Director James Cameron has only been nominated for one other Best Director Oscar® (which he won) for the romantic epic Titanic, but he's also known for his work on films like The Terminator, Aliens and True Lies. His work on Avatar catapulted Cameron to a league of his own, as the only director to have two films break the billion-dollar mark worldwide. Though his films have always distinguished themselves with their large-scale and crowd-pleasing special effects, Avatar pushed those limits farther than ever before using 3D technology to bring his fantasy world, which had been brewing in his imagination for almost 15 years, to life. Cameron won a Best Director Golden Globe® for his work on Avatar.
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