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BENNETT MILLER (born December 30, 1966) is an American film director, known for directing the acclaimed films Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher
Foxcatcher
(2014). He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Director
Academy Award for Best Director
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Accolades * 5 Commercials * 6 Filmography * 7 References * 8 External links

EARLY LIFE

Miller was born in New York City
New York City
, to a painter mother and an engineer father. In his youth he knew writer Dan Futterman and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
. He and Futterman were classmates at Mamaroneck High School
Mamaroneck High School
, and all three participated in the New York State Summer School of the Arts . The three would later collaborate on Capote.

Miller attended New York University
New York University
's Tisch School of the Arts
Tisch School of the Arts
, with Hoffman again as a classmate, but dropped out shortly before he would have graduated.

While attending NYU, Miller was a founding member of the short-lived Bullstoi Ensemble theater company along with Hoffman and fellow actor Steven Schub. It was during this time that Miller, Hoffman and Schub made a pact that if any of them ever won an Academy Award, their entire acceptance speech would have to consist of nothing but barking.

CAREER

Miller began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise . As described by Wheeler Winston Dixon
Wheeler Winston Dixon
, the film documented the "tough life of a tour guide on a New York City
New York City
bus", and was made using handheld digital cameras. It was a surprise hit, and opened up numerous doors for Miller.

Miller turned down several offers of film projects, until he was able to get support to make the film Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
, who played Truman Capote
Truman Capote
. The film premiered in September 2005 at the Telluride Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics .

In 2006 Miller directed the Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
music video "When the Deal Goes Down" starring Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
. Then, in 2008 he directed Johansson's music video for her Tom Waits
Tom Waits
cover of "Falling Down" featuring an appearance by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
.

In 2009, Miller was hired by Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
to direct the film Moneyball
Moneyball
, based on the 2003 book of the same name by Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
, after its previously-hired director, Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
, clashed with producers over the tone of the film. The resulting film, released in 2011, was a critical and commercial success.

Miller's most recent film is Foxcatcher
Foxcatcher
(2014), starring Steve Carell , Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum
and Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
, a film he began developing in 2006 with Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
as the lead. The film, produced by Annapurna Pictures and released by Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics
, became a critical success. In his review for Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
, Peter Travers called the film "a new peak" for Miller, who "takes a scalpel to the privileged worlds of Olympic sports and inherited wealth." It was nominated for five Academy Awards
Academy Awards
, including Best Director (Miller), Best Actor (Carell), Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo), and Best Original Screenplay ( E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman ).

Miller has directed 6 actors to Oscar nominations: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener for Capote, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill for Moneyball, and Steve Carell
Steve Carell
and Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
for Foxcatcher. Hoffman won the Oscar for his work in Capote.

PERSONAL LIFE

In a 2014 interview, Miller described himself as "a tumbl