Oscar Actors: Hill, Jonah–Supporting Actor (Moneyball, Wolf of Wall Street)

JONAH HILL is a two-time Oscar nominee whose wide acting range has been impressive in both comedic and dramatic roles.

Hill earned his second Supporting Actor Award nomination for his work in Scorsese’s critically acclaimed film The Wolf of Wall Street, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort.

For Hill’s portrayal of Donnie Azoff, Belfort’s close friend and partner in both business and debauchery, he received Variety’s Creative Impact Award for Acting and shared in a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Acting Ensemble.

The film grossed more than $392 million, received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Picture, and was honored by the AFI and National Board of Review as one of the Top Ten films of the year.

Hill had received his first Academy Award nomination for his role in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball,” in which he starred alongside Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  His performance as Peter Brand, who introduces the concept of sabermetrics to Pitt’s Billy Beane, earned Hill Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.  “Moneyball” also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture.

In the summer of 2014, Hill starred opposite Channing Tatum in “22 Jump Street,” which grossed over $330 million worldwide. The film is the sequel to 2012’s “21 Jump Street,” in which Hill also starred with Tatum, which opened at number one at the box office and went on to make over $200 million worldwide.  Hill and Tatum will both return for the third installment, “23 Jump Street.”  In addition to starring in all three films, Hill is a writer and producer of the franchise.

His upcoming films also include the title role in the fact-based drama “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” which will reunite him with DiCaprio.  Stepping behind the camera, Hill is also set to make his directorial debut with “Mid ‘90s,” a coming-of-age film he also wrote, but in which he will not be acting.

Hill’s other film acting credits include the Coen brothers’ comedy “Hail, Caesar!”; Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”; Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “This Is the End”; Jay and Mark Duplass’ “Cyrus”; and several Judd Apatow films, including Hill’s breakout role in “Superbad,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Funny People,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”  He has also lent his voice to a number of animated features, including “The LEGO® Movie,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Megamind” and Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who!”  Hill can also be heard in the animated comedy “Sausage Party,” opening later this summer.

In addition, Hill co-wrote, created, and voiced the title character in the critically acclaimed animated series “Allen Gregory,” for FOX Television in 2011.  That same year, he also directed the Sara Bareilles music video “Gonna Get Over You.”

As a writer and producer, Hill is working on “The Adventurer’s Handbook,” in which he will co-star with Jason Segel, and “Pure Imagination,” an Apatow-produced comedy, which Hill will executive produce.  Hill was an associate producer on the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Brüno” and an executive producer on “The Sitter,” in which he also starred.

Hill began his career performing one-scene plays that he wrote and performed at the gritty Black and White bar in New York City.  His first feature role was in David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees,” with Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin.

 

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