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BILL CONDON (Director/Producer) is a celebrated film director and Oscar-winning screenwriter. His most recent films include the 2017 blockbuster musical "Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens; the drama "Mr. Holmes," featuring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock; and, on stage, the revival of the musical "Side Show," which premiered at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center before coming to Broadway.

Condon's film adaptation of the Broadway smash "Dreamgirls" won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. Condon directed the film from his own screenplay and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. The cast featured Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy, and introduced Jennifer Hudson, who was honored with an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as numerous critics prizes.

Condon also wrote and directed "Kinsey," for which he won the 2005 Best Director Award from the British Directors Guild. An uncompromising portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential and controversial figures, "Kinsey" also earned a Los Angeles Film Critics Best Actor Award for Liam Neeson, who starred in the title role, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Laura Linney as Best Supporting Actress.

He also wrote and directed "Gods and Monsters," which earned Condon an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and was named Best Picture of 1998 by the National Board of Review. A poetic meditation on the final days of "Frankenstein" director James Whale, "Gods and Monsters" also garnered Oscar nominations for its stars Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave.

Condon co-wrote the screenplay for the 2017 hit "The Greatest Showman," starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, and wrote the big-screen version of the musical "Chicago," for which he received a second Oscar nomination. The film, which starred Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, won six Academy Awards in 2002, including Best Picture. Condon also directed the two-part finale of the blockbuster "Twilight" film series "Breaking Dawn," as well as "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl and Alicia Vikander.

Born in New York City, Condon attended Columbia University, where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. An analytical piece he wrote for Millimeter magazine brought him to the attention of producer Michael Laughlin. Condon subsequently co-wrote the feature film "Strange Behavior" with Laughlin, who also directed. The movie became a cult hit, leading to the unofficial sequel, "Strange Invaders." Condon made his directorial debut with "Sister, Sister," which starred Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judith Ivey and Eric Stoltz.

Condon has served on the Board of Film Independent and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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