He will always be known for the beloved TV characters he portrayed—The Andy Griffith's Show's Opie Taylor and Happy Days ' Richie Cunningham are, after all, iconic—but the bulk of Ron Howard's career has been spent creating some of the most memorable movies in cinematic history. Before winning the Oscar® in 2001 for his work as director of A Beautiful Mind, Ron directed movies including Splash, Cocoon, Backdraft, Far and Away and Apollo 13.
Based on a play of the same name, Frost/Nixon is a dramatization of the 1977 interviews between British TV broadcaster David Frost and former President Richard Nixon.
Gus Van Sant
In movies such as My Own Private Idaho and Drugstore Cowboy, Gus Van Sant brought to the screen the lives of those on the edge. And while his 1995 project with Nicole Kidman in To Die For was a critical success, it was his Oscar®-nominated work as director of Good Will Hunting that put Gus on the map.
Gus' latest film, Milk, is based on the life of Harvey Milk, the first self-identified gay man to be elected to public office in California.
Stephen Daldry began his career in theater as a director, including serving several years as artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre. In 2000, he hit the big screen with his wildly celebrated debut of Billy Elliot, the fictional story of a young boy who grows up in a blue-collar town and dreams of being a dancer.
The Reader tells the story of a German lawyer who realizes later in adulthood that the woman with whom he had an affair as a teenager may be concealing a secret.
This is his first nomination.
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