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Taiwan-born ANG LEE (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) is one of the world's
most revered and honored film directors with a resume comprised of numerous
awards and accomplishments. Lee directed and produced Life of Pi, which won four
Academy Awards for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and
Best Original Score. In addition, the film received nine BAFTA nominations
(including Best Film and Best Director), three Golden Globe nominations (Best
Picture [Drama], Best Director and Best Original Score) and was named one of
AFI's Top Ten Movies of 2012.
Lee's Lust, Caution swept Asia's Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan's equivalent of
the Academy Awards), with eight wins including Best Film; it is one of the
highest-grossing critically acclaimed films in the history of Chinese-language
cinema. The film also won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in
Lee's critically-acclaimed film Brokeback Mountain won three Academy Awards
including Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. Lee
also won the Directors Guild of America, BAFTA, Independent Spirit, and Golden
Globe Awards for Best Director, among other industry accolades. The film won
three additional Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture [Drama]; the
Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature; three additional BAFTA Awards,
including Best Film; and the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the 2005
Venice International Film Festival. Lee and the film's star Jake Gyllenhaal were
honored with the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award and Brokeback Mountain was
named Outstanding Film by (GLAAD) Media Awards.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, based on a novel by Du Lu Wang, was nominated
for six Academy Awards won three trophies for Best Cinematography, Best
Original Score and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration. Lee also won the Directors
Guild of America, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Awards for Best Director, among other
In 1995, Lee directed Sense and Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson and Kate
The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and
won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Sense and Sensibility also won the Golden Bear
for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Globe Awards for
Best Picture [Drama] and Best Screenplay, and was named Best Picture by BAFTA,
the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the National Board of Review. Lee was
cited as Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board
of Review, and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
His first feature film, Pushing Hands, was screened at the 1992 Berlin
International Film Festival and won Best Film at the Asian-Pacific Film
Festival. The film was also nominated for nine Golden Horse Awards. Pushing
Hands was the first film in his "Father Knows Best" trilogy. The second
installment, The Wedding Banquet, opened following its Berlin premiere and
received the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film
Festival. The film was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe
Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, and received six Independent Spirit Award
nominations. Lee capped the trilogy with Eat Drink Man Woman, which was selected
as the opening night feature for the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994
Cannes International Film Festival. Named Best Foreign-Language Film by the
National Board of Review, the film was nominated for the Academy Award and the
Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, and received six Independent
Spirit Award nominations.
Lee's additional directorial credits include Taking Woodstock, Hulk, Ride with
the Devil, and The Ice Storm.
Lee moved to the United States in 1978. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts
in theatre from the University of Illinois, he went to New York University to
complete a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in film production. His short film Fine
Line won Best Director and Best Film awards at the annual NYU Film Festival.
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