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Steven Andrew Soderbergh (/ˈsoʊdərbɜːrɡ/; born January 14, 1963) is an American filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter. His indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989) won the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
at the Cannes Film Festival, making the then-26-year-old Soderbergh the youngest solo director to win the festival's top award,[1] and became a worldwide commercial success. Film critic Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
called Soderbergh the "poster boy of the Sundance generation".[2] He is best known for directing Hollywood
Hollywood
films including the crime comedy Out of Sight
Out of Sight
(1998); the biographical film Erin Brockovich (2000); the crime drama film Traffic (2000, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director); the comedy heist film Ocean's Eleven (2001, a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's 11) and its two sequels—known collectively as the Ocean's Trilogy; the medical thriller Contagion (2011); the comedy-drama Magic Mike
Magic Mike
(2012); and another heist comedy, Logan Lucky (2017). He has also directed smaller, less conventional works, such as the mystery thriller Kafka (1991); the experimental comedy film Schizopolis
Schizopolis
(1996), which has a non-linear narrative; Bubble (2005), which uses no script and non-professional actors; the biopic about Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Che (2008); the experimental drama film The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience
(2009), which starred the then-active pornographic actress Sasha Grey; and the psychological horror film Unsane (2018), which was shot on an iPhone. Soderbergh also directed, photographed and edited all episodes of the television drama The Knick
The Knick
(2014–2015) and the miniseries Mosaic (2018). In addition, he has produced numerous film and television programs and provided cinematography and editing on various projects.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 1989: Sex, Lies, and Videotape 2.2 1993 to 1998 2.3 1999 and 2000 2.4 2001
2001
to 2004 2.5 2005 to 2009 2.6 Early 2010s 2.7 Hiatus (2013-2016) 2.8 Late 2010s 2.9 Soderbergh edits of famous films 2.10 Unrealized projects

3 Directorial style and collaborations

3.1 Aesthetics

4 Views 5 Personal life 6 Filmography

6.1 Television

7 Audio commentaries

7.1 On his own films 7.2 On other films

8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Early life and education[edit] Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Mary Ann (née Bernard) and Peter Andrew Soderbergh, who was a university administrator and educator.[3] His father's ancestry was Swedish and Irish; his paternal grandfather was an emigrant from Stockholm.[4] His mother was of Italian, and "a little Irish", descent.[5] As a child, he moved with his family to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he lived during his adolescence, and then to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father became Dean of Education at Louisiana State University. In Baton Rouge, he discovered filmmaking as a teenager, directing short Super 8 mm films with equipment borrowed from LSU students.[6] He has a brother, Charley.[7] While the family resided in Baton Rouge, Soderbergh's mother appeared regularly on 2une In, the early-morning show of local ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV (broadcast channel 2), as a "call-in" psychic, and taught adult-education and "alternative education" classes in "parapsychology" at LSU.[citation needed] His primary high school education was at Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University
Laboratory School, a K–12 school that is directed by the University. While still taking classes there around the age of 15, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with secondhand equipment.[8] Rather than attend LSU, Soderbergh moved to Hollywood
Hollywood
after graduating from high school; he worked as a game show scorer and cue card holder and eventually found work as a freelance film editor.[9] His big break came when he directed the Grammy-nominated concert video 9012Live for the rock band Yes in 1985.[10] Career[edit] 1989: Sex, Lies, and Videotape[edit] After Soderbergh returned to Baton Rouge, he conceived the idea for Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989), which he wrote in eight days.[11] The independent film won the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
at the Cannes Film Festival, became a worldwide commercial success and contributed to the 1990s independent film revolution. At age 26, Soderbergh became the youngest solo director and the second youngest director (after Louis Malle, who won at age 23 with co-director Jacques-Yves Cousteau) to win the festival's top award.[1] Movie critic Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
called Soderbergh the "poster boy of the Sundance generation".[2] 1993 to 1998[edit] Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
was followed by a series of low-budget box-office disappointments: Kafka, a biopic mixing fact and Kafka's own fiction (notably The Castle and The Trial), written by Lem Dobbs and starring Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
as Franz Kafka; King of the Hill (1993), a critically acclaimed Depression-era drama; The Underneath (1995), a remake of Robert Siodmak's 1949 film noir Criss Cross; and Schizopolis (1996), a comedy which he starred in, wrote, composed, and shot as well as directed. He also directed the Spalding Gray
Spalding Gray
monologue film Gray's Anatomy in 1996. Making good on his Schizopolis-inspired "artistic wake-up call", his commercial slump ended in 1998 with Out of Sight, a stylized adaptation of an Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard
novel, written by Scott Frank and starring George Clooney
George Clooney
and Jennifer Lopez.[12] The film was widely praised, though only a moderate box-office success. It reaffirmed Soderbergh's potential, sparking the beginnings of a lucrative artistic partnership between Clooney and Soderbergh. 1999 and 2000[edit] Soderbergh followed up on the success of Out of Sight
Out of Sight
by making another crime caper, The Limey
The Limey
(1999), from a screenplay by Lem Dobbs and starring veteran actors Terence Stamp
Terence Stamp
and Peter Fonda. The film was well-received, but not as much as Erin Brockovich (2000), written by Susannah Grant and starring Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
in her Oscar-winning role as a single mother taking on industry in a civil action.[13] Later that year, Soderbergh released Traffic, a social drama written by Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
and featuring an ensemble cast. Traffic became his most acclaimed movie since Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and earned him an Academy Award for Best Director. He was also nominated that same year for Erin Brockovich. He is the only director to have been nominated in the same year for Best Director for two different films by the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes
Golden Globes
and the Directors Guild of America. The double Academy Award nomination was the first in 60 years. (In 1938, Michael Curtiz
Michael Curtiz
was nominated twice, for Angels with Dirty Faces
Angels with Dirty Faces
and Four Daughters, but did not win for either film.) 2001
2001
to 2004[edit]

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy García, Julia Roberts, and Soderbergh at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in December 2001

Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Eleven
(2001), a Ted Griffin-scripted remake from a Rat Pack-movie from 1960, featuring an all-star cast and flashy aesthetics, is Soderbergh's highest-grossing movie to date, grossing more than $183 million domestically and more than $450 million worldwide.[14][15] The film's star, George Clooney, subsequently appeared in Solaris (2002), marking the third time the two have headlined a film. In the same year, Soderbergh made Full Frontal, which was shot mostly on digital video in an improvisational style that deliberately blurred the line between which actors were playing characters and which were playing fictionalized versions of themselves. A film within a film, the title is a film industry reference to an actor or actress appearing fully nude (a.k.a., "full frontal nudity"). Also in 2002, Soderbergh was elected First Vice President of the Directors Guild of America.[16] Following up Full Frontal stylistically was Soderbergh next project, K Street (2003), a ten-part political HBO
HBO
series he co-produced with Clooney. The series was noteworthy for being both partially improvised and each episode being produced in the five days prior to airing to take advantage of topical events that could be worked into the fictional narrative. Actual political players appeared as themselves, either in cameos or portraying fictionalized versions of themselves (as were the leads, real life husband and wife James Carville
James Carville
and Mary Matalin). The show caused a stir during the 2004 Democratic Primary when Carville gave candidate Howard Dean
Howard Dean
a soundbite during a location shoot that Dean then used in a debate. In 2004, Soderbergh directed Ocean's Twelve, a sequel to Ocean's Eleven. 2005 to 2009[edit] In 2005, Soderbergh raised eyebrows with Bubble, a $1.6 million film featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors. It opened in selected theaters and HDNet
HDNet
simultaneously, and four days later on DVD. Industry heads were reportedly watching how the film performed, as its unusual release schedule could have implications for future feature films.[17][18] Theater-owners, who at the time had been suffering from dropping attendance rates, did not welcome so-called "day-and-date" movies.[19] National Association of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian indirectly called the film's release model "the biggest threat to the viability of the cinema industry today."[20] Soderbergh's response to such criticism: "I don't think it's going to destroy the movie-going experience any more than the ability to get takeout has destroyed the restaurant business." The film did poor business both at the box office and on the home video market.[21] Nevertheless, Soderbergh is on contract to deliver five more day-and-date movies. In fall of 2006 he contributed a mini-essay on hotel pornography, along with an accompanying series of long-exposure photographs, to Anthem magazine's November/December issue.[22] A romantic drama set in post-war Berlin, The Good German, starring Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
and Clooney, was released in late 2006.

Soderbergh (right) and Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
signing autographs at the premier of Che in 2008.

The sixth pairing of Clooney and Soderbergh, Ocean's Thirteen, was released in June 2007. Also in 2007, Soderbergh and Tony Gilroy contributed an audio commentary to the DVD re-release of The Third Man by the Criterion Collection. On May 22, 2008, Che, which was released in theatres in two parts titled The Argentine and Guerrilla, was presented in the main competition of the 2008 Cannes film festival. Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
plays Argentine guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara in an epic four-hour double bill which looks first at his role in the Cuban revolution before moving to his campaign and eventual death in Bolivia.[23] Soderbergh shot his feature film The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience
in New York in 2008. The film's lead actress is adult film star Sasha Grey.[24][25][26] His next film was 2009's The Informant!
The Informant!
a black comedy starring Matt Damon as corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre. Whitacre wore a wire for two and a half years for the FBI
FBI
as a high-level executive at a Fortune 500
Fortune 500
company, Archer Daniels Midland
Archer Daniels Midland
(ADM), in one of the largest price-fixing cases in history. The film was released on September 18, 2009. The script for the movie was written by Scott Z. Burns based on Kurt Eichenwald's book, The Informant. In 2009, Soderbergh directed a play titled Tot-Mom for the Sydney Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia.[27] The play is based on the real-life case of Caylee Anthony. Rehearsals commenced in early November 2009, and the production opened December 2009. Soderbergh also shot a small improvised film with the cast of the play, The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg, a comedy about a theatre company staging Chekhov's Three Sisters. He has stated that he does not want it seen by the public, and only intended it for the cast. Early 2010s[edit] In 2010, Soderbergh shot the action-thriller Haywire, starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, and Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum
which, even though was shot in early 2010, was not released until January 2012. The film's end credits include "In Loving Memory of Blake Asner" dedicating the film to Soderbergh's cat that died while he was completing the film's post production. In the fall of 2010, he shot the epic virus thriller Contagion, written by Scott Z. Burns.[28] With a star-studded cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law, the film follows the outbreak of a lethal pandemic across the globe and the efforts of doctors and scientists to discover the cause and develop a cure. It was released on September 9, 2011. In August 2011, Soderbergh served as a second unit director on The Hunger Games[29] and filmed much of the District 11 riot scene.[30] In September and October 2011, he shot Magic Mike, a film starring Channing Tatum, about the actor's experiences working as a male stripper in his youth. Tatum played the title mentor character, while Alex Pettyfer played a character based on Tatum. The film was released on June 29, 2012. His next project, the psychological thriller Side Effects, starred Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum
and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It was shot in April 2012 and was released on February 8, 2013.[31] It also screened at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[32] Behind the Candelabra, his final film before his much publicized hiatus, was shot in the summer of 2012. It stars Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
as legendarily flamboyant pianist Liberace
Liberace
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
as his lover Scott Thorson. The film is written by Richard LaGravenese, based on Thorson's book Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, and produced by HBO
HBO
Films. Soderbergh had to go the TV route when no film studio would finance the film.[33] It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[34] Hiatus (2013-2016)[edit] Soderbergh had announced in numerous interviews his intention to retire from feature filmmaking. He stated that "when you reach the point where you're saying, 'If I have to get into a van to do another scout, I'm just going to shoot myself,' it's time to let somebody who's still excited about getting in the van, get in the van."[35][36] Soderbergh later said that he would retire from filmmaking and begin to explore painting.[37] A few weeks later, Soderbergh played down his earlier comments, saying a film-making "sabbatical" was more accurate.[38] In the end, while promoting Side Effects in early 2013, he clarified that he had a five-year plan that saw him transitioning away from making feature films around his fiftieth birthday.[39] Around that time, he gave a much publicized speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival, detailing the obstacles facing filmmakers in the current corporate Hollywood
Hollywood
environment.[40] In May 2013, Soderbergh announced that he would direct a 10-part miniseries for Cinemax. Called The Knick, it follows doctors at a fictionalized version of the Knickerbocker Hospital in Manhattan in the early twentieth century. The series stars Clive Owen, Andre Holland, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson and Michael Angarano and was filmed in the fall of 2013.[41] It began airing in August 2014 to critical acclaim.[42] After completing the second season, Soderbergh revealed he was finished directing for the show and said, "I told them [Cinemax] that I'm going to do the first two years and then we are going to break out the story for seasons 3 and 4 and try and find a filmmaker or filmmakers to do this the way that I did. This is how we want to do this so that every two years, whoever comes on, has the freedom to create their universe."[43] Soderbergh helped Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
with his film Her. The original cut ran over 150 minutes and Jonze asked Soderbergh to "do his own quick, gut-instinct cut", which he did, cutting the film down to 90 minutes. This was not the final version of the film but it allowed Jonze to remove unnecessary plots.[44] In January 2014, Soderbergh directed an Off-Broadway play titled The Library, and that Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz
would star.[45] It was announced in June 2014 that Soderbergh would be executive producing a series based on his earlier film The Girlfriend Experience for the Starz
Starz
network, to premiere sometime in 2016.[46] In September 2015, Soderbergh was announced to be directing Mosaic, a series for HBO. Starring Sharon Stone, it is a dual-media project; it is released as both an interactive movie app in November 2017 and as a six-part miniseries airing in January 2018.[47][48] Late 2010s[edit] In February 2016, Soderbergh came out of his retirement from feature films to direct a NASCAR heist film, Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig, among others. The film was produced entirely by Soderbergh, with no studio involved in anything other than theatrical distribution.[49] In August 2016, he posted on Twitter that the first day of shooting had taken place.[50] The film was released on August 18, 2017 by Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing, his own distribution and production company.[51][52] In July 2017, it was revealed that Soderbergh had also secretly shot a horror film using iPhones (similar to the making of Tangerine), titled Unsane, and starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple.[53][54] The film was released on March 23, 2018.[55] Soderbergh's next film, High Flying Bird, stars Andre Holland
Andre Holland
as a sports agent who presents his rookie client with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during an NBA lockout.[56] It was filmed from late February[57] to March 15, 2018 and will be released later this year.[58] Soderbergh edits of famous films[edit] Soderbergh has released recut versions of several films by other directors on his Extension 765 website.[59] It is unclear whether Soderbergh has obtained legal rights to post these edits. On February 24, 2014, a mashup of Alfred Hitchcock's and Gus Van Sant's versions of Psycho appeared on the site.[60] Retitled "Psychos" and featuring no explanatory text, the recut appears to be a fan edit of the two films by Soderbergh. Reaction to the mashup appears to reinforce the prejudice against the 1998 film. The opening credits intermingle names from both the 1960 and 1998 versions, and all color has been removed from Van Sant's scenes, except for when Bates' mother is found.[61][62] On April 21, 2014, Soderbergh released an alternate cut of Michael Cimino's controversial 1980 Western Heaven's Gate on his website. Credited to his pseudonym Mary Ann Bernard and dubbed "The Butcher's Cut", Soderbergh's version runs 108 minutes.[63][64] On September 22, 2014, he uploaded a black-and-white silent version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross's score of The Social Network. The purpose of it is to study the aspects of staging in filmmaking.[65] On January 14, 2015, Soderbergh posted[66] a recut version of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. At 110 minutes, Soderbergh's version is over half an hour shorter than the various official versions. Much of the cut material is from the first third of the film; in particular, most of Heywood Floyd's scenes are deleted.[67] The edit has been removed on the request of Warner Bros. and the Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
Estate. Unrealized projects[edit] Soderbergh nearly filmed a feature adaptation of the baseball book Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
and Demetri Martin. The book, by Michael Lewis, tells of how Billy Beane, general manager of Oakland Athletics, used statistical analysis to make up for what he lacked in funds to beat the odds and lead his team to a series of notable wins in 2002. Disagreements between Sony and Soderbergh about revisions to Steven Zaillian's version of the screenplay led to Soderbergh's dismissal from the project only days prior to filming in June 2009. The move by Sony's Amy Pascal sent shockwaves through the industry.[citation needed] The film was eventually made by director Bennett Miller, with a script rewritten by Aaron Sorkin. Soderbergh had planned to commence production in early 2012 on a feature version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., also written by Scott Z. Burns. George Clooney
George Clooney
was set for the lead role of Napoleon Solo
Napoleon Solo
but had to drop out due to a recurring back injury suffered while filming Syriana.[68] In November 2011 Soderbergh withdrew from the project due to budget and casting conflicts,[69] and was eventually replaced by Guy Ritchie. Soderbergh worked for a time with writer Scott Z. Burns on a biopic of controversial Nazi-era film director Leni Riefenstahl, but he and Burns ended up abandoning that script as too uncommercial, making Contagion instead.[70] Directorial style and collaborations[edit] Soderbergh frequently works with actors on more than one occasion. The following is a chart of notable collaborators:

Actor Sex, Lies, and Videotape Kafka King of the Hill The Underneath Schizopolis Out of Sight The Limey Erin Brockovich Traffic Ocean's Trilogy Full Frontal Solaris The Good German Che The Informant! Contagion Haywire Magic Mike Side Effects Behind the Candelabra The Knick The Girlfriend Experience Logan Lucky Mosaic Unsane High Flying Bird

Total

Michael Angarano

N

N

2

Jeremy Bobb

N

N

2

Beau Bridges

N

N

2

Don Cheadle

N

N N

3

Joe Chrest

N N N N

N

N N

N

8

George Clooney

N

N

N N

4

Matt Damon

N

N N N

N

N

6

Viola Davis

N

N

N

3

Benicio Del Toro

N

N

2

Michael Douglas

N

N

N

3

Albert Finney

N N N

3

Peter Gallagher N

N

2

Luis Guzmán

N N

N

3

André Holland

N

N 2

Amy Irving

N

N

2

Eddie Jemison

N

N

N

N

4

David Jensen

N N N N

N N

5

Nicky Katt

N

N

N

3

Maya Kazan

N

N

2

Riley Keough

N

N N

3

Jeroen Krabbé

N N

N

3

Jude Law

N

N

2

Michael Nathanson

N

N

2

Devin Ratray

N

N

2

Julia Roberts

N

N N

3

Channing Tatum

N N N

N

4

Ron Vawter N

N

2

Fred Weller

N

N

2

Catherine Zeta-Jones

N N

N

3

"I've always gotten along with them," says Soderbergh of actors, "I try and make sure they're OK, and when they're in the zone, I leave them alone. I don't get in their way." His non-intrusive directorial style has attracted repeat performances by many high-profile movie stars.[71] Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
had supporting roles in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve
Ocean's Twelve
and Full Frontal, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead in Erin Brockovich. Benicio del Toro, who also won an Academy Award for his work in a Soderbergh film (Traffic), later starred in Guerrilla and The Argentine. Catherine Zeta-Jones received a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nomination for her portrayal of Helena in Traffic (2000) and reteamed with him for box-office hit Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Side Effects (2013). But the actor he has collaborated most frequently with is George Clooney, who played the leading role in six of his films, and with whom he co-owned the film production company, Section Eight Productions. Section Eight produced the critical hits Far From Heaven, Insomnia and Syriana, as well as the Clooney-directed films Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
and Good Night, and Good Luck. Soderbergh often acts as his own director of photography under the alias of Peter Andrews and occasionally as his own editor under the alias of Mary Ann Bernard, his mother's maiden name. While shooting Traffic, Soderbergh wanted a credit of "Photographed and Directed by". The Writer's Guild (WGA) wouldn't allow another credit ahead of the writer. Because Soderbergh didn't want his name used more than once, he adopted a pseudonym, Peter Andrews, his father's first and middle names. Soderbergh often utilizes Cliff Martinez
Cliff Martinez
or David Holmes to construct/compose the soundtracks to his movies, and when not cutting his own films, he relies on editor Stephen Mirrione. Aesthetics[edit] Soderbergh has made big-budget Hollywood
Hollywood
films as well as art-house independent films; works with above-the-title movie stars and unknowns; directs adaptations and original material, both of which written by himself as well as other screenwriters.[72] His versatility is also apparent with the genres which he chooses to film and his trades as a filmmaker behind the scenes. Traffic screenwriter and Syriana
Syriana
director Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
named Soderbergh "the Michael Jordan of filmmaking" for his ability to assume so many distinct roles in film production.[73] While Soderbergh is enamoured of dialogue, Soderbergh's incorporation of score and montage are equally prevalent in his story-telling.[74] Even Soderbergh's light-hearted affairs, such as Out of Sight
Out of Sight
and Ocean's Eleven, contain scenes where images and score are the dominant story-telling mechanisms. Films such as Solaris and Traffic are heavily layered in scenes absent of dialogue altogether. Cliff Martinez, a frequent collaborator with Soderbergh, composes many of the scores that provide Soderbergh with the thematic and sonic landscapes into which he inserts his characters.[72] But while Soderbergh's subject matter is highly varied, many of his films feature as a central theme the exploration of the act or moral consequences of lying. For example, the protagonists in two early films, King of the Hill and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, are both pathological liars (one in training, one in recovery), while most of the characters in all three Ocean's films are con artists. It is interesting to note that he directed Spalding Gray
Spalding Gray
in Gray's Anatomy after King of the Hill, an actor who often commented that he was unable to "make anything up." Full Frontal is another film in this thread, where seemingly the fundamental dishonesty of the entire filmmaking process is exposed. More distantly, Soderbergh's interest in rhyming slang, as seen in The Limey
The Limey
and the Ocean's films, may be seen as part of this theme, based on the conjectured origin of rhyming slang as a language game. In his review of Full Frontal, film critic Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
commented that, "Every once in a while, perhaps as an exercise in humility, Steven Soderbergh makes a truly inexplicable film... A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable... It's the kind of film where you need the director telling you what he meant to do and what went wrong and how the actors screwed up and how there was no money for retakes, etc."[75] About Soderbergh's film, The Good German
The Good German
and his emphasis on style over substance, film critic Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
commented that the film had to offer, "a lot of style. Not so much with the plot."[76] Soderbergh has, nonetheless, been dubbed a stylistic chameleon by Anne Thompson of Premiere. Drew Morton has extensively researched Soderbergh and has tied him to a modern movement much like the French New Wave.[77][78] Soderbergh also has a track record of honorable contributions in the cinematic arts; when the papers of writer and satirist Terry Southern were potentially in limbo following his untimely death in 1995, Soderbergh purchased and then donated the papers to the New York Public Library. Naqoyqatsi, the final chapter of Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy, was completed after a delay of more than 10 years, only after Soderbergh stepped in to provide the necessary funding.[citation needed] Views[edit] Soderbergh claims to not be a fan of possessory credits, and prefers not to have his name front and center at the start of a film. "The fact that I'm not an identifiable brand is very freeing," says Soderbergh, "because people get tired of brands and they switch brands. I've never had a desire to be out in front of anything, which is why I don't take a possessory credit."[79] On Monday, April 5, 2009, Soderbergh appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, and "cited the French initiative in asking lawmakers to deputize the American film industry to pursue copyright pirates," indicating he supports anti-piracy laws and Internet regulation.[80] Personal life[edit] Soderbergh is married to television personality Jules Asner, whom he often credits for influencing his female characters. Soderbergh claims he no longer reads reviews of his movies. "After Traffic I just stopped completely," says the director.[79] "After winning the LA and New York film critics awards, I really felt like, this can only get worse".[79] Steven has a daughter with his first wife, actress Betsy Brantley. Soderbergh lives in New York City. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Cinematographer Editor Producer Notes

1985 9012Live Yes

Concert film

Access All Areas Yes

Short film

1987 Winston Yes Yes

Short film

1989 Sex, Lies and Videotape Yes Yes

Yes

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

1991 Kafka Yes

Yes

1993 King of the Hill Yes Yes

Yes

Suture

Yes

1995 The Underneath Yes Yes

Writer as Sam Lowry

1996 Schizopolis Yes Yes Yes Yes

Co-edited with Sarah Flack. Co-composed with Cliff Martinez Role: Fletcher Munson / Dr. Jeffrey Korchek

Gray's Anatomy Yes

The Daytrippers

Yes

1997 Nightwatch

Yes

1998 Out of Sight Yes

Pleasantville

Yes

1999 The Limey Yes

2000 Erin Brockovich Yes

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Director

Traffic Yes

Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Won Academy Award for Best Director

2001 Ocean's Eleven Yes

Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews

Who Is Bernard Tapie?

Yes Documentary

Tribute

Yes

2002 Full Frontal Yes

Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews

Solaris Yes Yes Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Yes

Insomnia

Yes

Welcome to Collinwood

Yes

Naqoyqatsi

Yes

2003 Able Edwards

Yes

2004 Eros Yes Yes Yes Yes

Segment: "Equilibrium"

Ocean's Twelve Yes

Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews

Criminal

Yes

Yes Writer as Sam Lowry

Keane

Yes

2005 Bubble Yes

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2

Yes

Unscripted

Yes

The Big Empty

Yes

Syriana

Yes

Good Night, and Good Luck

Yes

The Jacket

Yes

Rumor Has It...

Yes

2006 The Good German Yes

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

Pu-239

Yes

A Scanner Darkly

Yes

Building No. 7 Yes Yes

Yes

Short film

2007 Ocean's Thirteen Yes

Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews

I'm Not There

Yes

Michael Clayton

Yes

Wind Chill

Yes

2008 Che Yes

Yes

2-part film. Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Yes

2009 The Girlfriend Experience Yes

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

The Informant! Yes

Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews

Playground

Yes

Solitary Man

Yes

2010 And Everything Is Going Fine Yes

Documentary

Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)

Yes

2011 Contagion Yes

Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews

We Need to Talk
Talk
About Kevin

Yes

His Way

Yes

2012 Haywire Yes

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

Yes

Magic Mike Yes

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

The Hunger Games

Second Unit Director

2013 Side Effects Yes

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

Behind the Candelabra Yes

Yes Yes

TV movie. Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

2014 Citizenfour

Yes

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Yes Associate producer

2015 Magic Mike
Magic Mike
XXL

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews, camera operator

2017 Logan Lucky Yes

Yes Yes

2018 Unsane Yes

Yes Yes

Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews. Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

Ocean's 8

Yes In post-production

2019 High Flying Bird Yes

Yes Yes

In post-production

Television[edit]

Title Year Credited as Network Notes

Fallen Angels 1993–95 Director Showtime 2 episodes

K Street 2003 Director, editor, cinematographer, executive producer HBO Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

Unscripted 2005 Executive producer HBO

Red Oaks 2014–2017 Executive producer Amazon Video

The Knick 2014–2015 Director, editor, cinematographer, executive producer Cinemax Cinematographer
Cinematographer
as Peter Andrews Editor
Editor
as Mary Ann Bernard

The Girlfriend Experience 2016–present Executive producer Starz

Godless 2017 Executive producer Netflix

Mosaic 2018 Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Executive Producer HBO Also a mobile app

Audio commentaries[edit]

On his own films[edit]

Sex, Lies, and Videotape, with filmmaker Neil LaBute Schizopolis Out of Sight, with screenwriter Scott Frank The Limey, with screenwriter Lem Dobbs Traffic, with screenwriter Stephen Gaghan Ocean's Eleven, with screenwriter Ted Griffin Full Frontal, with screenwriter Coleman Hough Solaris, with producer James Cameron Ocean's Twelve, with screenwriter George Nolfi (Blu-ray only) Bubble, with filmmaker Mark Romanek Ocean's Thirteen, with screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Blu-ray only) The Girlfriend Experience, with actress Sasha Grey The Informant!, with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Blu-ray only)

On other films[edit]

Apartment Zero, with screenwriter/producer David Koepp Billy Budd, with actor Terence Stamp Catch-22, with director Mike Nichols Clean, Shaven, with director Lodge Kerrigan The Graduate, with director Mike Nichols Point Blank, with director John Boorman Seabiscuit, with director Gary Ross Suture, with directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel The Third Man, with screenwriter Tony Gilroy Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, with director Mike Nichols The Yards, with director James Gray

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Further reading[edit]

Waxman, Sharon (2005). Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood
Hollywood
Studio System. New York: HarperEntertainment. ISBN 9780060540173. 

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Steven Soderbergh

Films

Directed

9012Live (1985) Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989) Kafka (1991) King of the Hill (1993) The Underneath (1995) Schizopolis
Schizopolis
(1996) Gray's Anatomy (1996) Out of Sight
Out of Sight
(1998) The Limey
The Limey
(1999) Erin Brockovich (2000) Traffic (2000) Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Eleven
(2001) Full Frontal (2002) Solaris (2002) Eros (2004) Ocean's Twelve
Ocean's Twelve
(2004) Bubble (2005) The Good German
The Good German
(2006) Ocean's Thirteen
Ocean's Thirteen
(2007) Che (2008) The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience
(2009) The Informant!
The Informant!
(2009) And Everything Is Going Fine
And Everything Is Going Fine
(2010) Contagion (2011) Haywire (2012) Magic Mike
Magic Mike
(2012) Side Effects (2013) Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra
(2013) Logan Lucky (2017) Unsane (2018) High Flying Bird (2019)

Produced

The Daytrippers
The Daytrippers
(1996) Pleasantville (1998) Welcome to Collinwood
Welcome to Collinwood
(2002) Criminal (2004) The Jacket
The Jacket
(2005) Solitary Man (2009) Ocean's 8 (2018)

Written

Nightwatch (1997) Criminal (2004)

Television series

K Street (2003) The Knick
The Knick
(2014–15) The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience
(2016–present) Mosaic (2018)

Awards for Steven Soderbergh

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Academy Award for Best Director

1927–1950

Frank Borzage
Frank Borzage
(1927) Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone
(1928) Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
(1929) Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone
(1930) Norman Taurog
Norman Taurog
(1931) Frank Borzage
Frank Borzage
(1932) Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
(1933) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1934) John Ford
John Ford
(1935) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1936) Leo McCarey (1937) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1938) Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming
(1939) John Ford
John Ford
(1940) John Ford
John Ford
(1941) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1942) Michael Curtiz
Michael Curtiz
(1943) Leo McCarey (1944) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1945) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1946) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1947) John Huston
John Huston
(1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950)

1951–1975

George Stevens
George Stevens
(1951) John Ford
John Ford
(1952) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1953) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1954) Delbert Mann
Delbert Mann
(1955) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1956) David Lean
David Lean
(1957) Vincente Minnelli
Vincente Minnelli
(1958) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1959) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
and Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1961) David Lean
David Lean
(1962) Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson
(1963) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1964) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1965) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1966) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1967) Carol Reed
Carol Reed
(1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
(1970) William Friedkin
William Friedkin
(1971) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1972) George Roy Hill (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1975)

1976–2000

John G. Avildsen
John G. Avildsen
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
(1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1987) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1988) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1989) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(1990) Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(1994) Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000)

2001–present

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) Ron Howard
Ron Howard
/ Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
(2001) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) George Miller (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film

1971-2000

Buzz Kulik for Brian's Song
Brian's Song
(1971) Lamont Johnson for That Certain Summer
That Certain Summer
(1972) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) John Korty for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) Sam O'Steen
Sam O'Steen
for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
(1975) Marvin J. Chomsky for Inside the Third Reich (1982) Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
for Special
Special
Bulletin (1983) Daniel Petrie
Daniel Petrie
for The Dollmaker (1984) John Erman for An Early Frost (1985) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
for Nobody's Child (1986) Jud Taylor for Foxfire (1987) Lamont Johnson for Lincoln (1988) Dan Curtis for War and Remembrance: "Parts VIII-XII: The Final Chapter" (1989) Roger Young for Murder in Mississippi
Murder in Mississippi
(1990) Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stephen Gyllenhaal
for Paris Trout (1991) Ron Lagomarsino for Picket Fences: "Pilot" (1992) Michael Ritchie for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993) Rod Holcomb for ER: "Pilot" (1994) Mick Jackson for Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas
for The Late Shift (1996) John Herzfeld for Don King: Only in America (1997) Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
for Gia
Gia
(1998) Mick Jackson for Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) Jeff Bleckner for The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)

2001-present

Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
for Conspiracy (2001) Mick Jackson for Live from Baghdad (2002) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
for Angels in America (2003) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for Something the Lord Made (2004) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
for Lackawanna Blues (2005) Walter Hill for Broken Trail
Broken Trail
(2006) Yves Simoneau for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Recount (2008) Ross Katz
Ross Katz
for Taking Chance
Taking Chance
(2009) Mick Jackson for Temple Grandin (2010) Jon Cassar
Jon Cassar
for The Kennedys (2011) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Game Change (2012) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
for Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra
(2013) Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge (2014) Dee Rees
Dee Rees
for Bessie (2015) Steven Zaillian for The Night Of: "The Beach" (2016) Jean-Marc Vallée
Jean-Marc Vallée
for Big Little Lies (2017)

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Fielder Cook (1971) Tom Gries (1972) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
(1973) John Korty (1974) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1975) Daniel Petrie
Daniel Petrie
(1976) Daniel Petrie
Daniel Petrie
(1977) David Lowell Rich (1978) David Greene (1979) Marvin J. Chomsky (1980) James Goldstone (1981) Marvin J. Chomsky (1982) John Erman (1983) Jeff Bleckner (1984) Lamont Johnson (1985) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
(1986) Glenn A. Jordan (1987) Lamont Johnson (1988) Simon Wincer (1989) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
(1990) Brian Gibson (1991) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
(1992) James Steven Sadwith (1993) John Frankenheimer
John Frankenheimer
(1994) John Frankenheimer
John Frankenheimer
(1995) John Frankenheimer
John Frankenheimer
(1996) Andrei Konchalovsky
Andrei Konchalovsky
(1997) John Frankenheimer
John Frankenheimer
(1998) Allan Arkush (1999) Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(2000) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2001) David Frankel, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Phil Alden Robinson, Mikael Salomon and Tony To
Tony To
(2002) Steven Schachter (2003) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2004) Stephen Hopkins (2005) Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper
(2006) Philip Martin (2007) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
(2008) Dearbhla Walsh (2009) Mick Jackson (2010) Brian Percival
Brian Percival
(2011) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
(2012) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2013) Colin Bucksey (2014) Lisa Cholodenko (2015) Susanne Bier
Susanne Bier
(2016) Jean-Marc Vallée
Jean-Marc Vallée
(2017)

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director

Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(1975) Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(1976) Herbert Ross (1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(1985) David Lynch
David Lynch
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1988) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) David Lynch
David Lynch
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
/ David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(2011) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) George Miller (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
/ Luca Guadagnino
Luca Guadagnino
(2017)

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Director

Joel Coen / Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) John Huston
John Huston
(1987) Ramon Menendez (1988) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(1989) Charles Burnett (1990) Martha Coolidge (1991) Carl Franklin
Carl Franklin
(1992) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1997) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(1998) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2001) Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
(2006) Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel
(2007) Tom McCarthy (2008) Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels
(2009) Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2012) Steve McQueen (2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Tom McCarthy (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director

Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1966) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1967) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1968) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1969) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1970) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1971) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1972) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1975) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1976) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1977) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(1978) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
/ Robert Benton (1979) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1980) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1981) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1982) Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani (1983) Robert Bresson (1984) John Huston
John Huston
(1985) David Lynch
David Lynch
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
(1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(1998) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2003) Zhang Yimou
Zhang Yimou
(2004) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(2011) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(2012) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
(2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Director

Joel Coen (1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(1998) Michael Mann
Michael Mann
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
(2001) Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
(2002) Jim Sheridan (2003) Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn
(2011) David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2012) Steve McQueen (2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Tom McCarthy (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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