Oscar Directors: Aronofsky, Darren–Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky is the director of “Black Swan,” starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The film, which is already an Oscar favorite, is being released by Fox Searchlight on December 3.

Aronofsky was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  His last film THE WRESTLER premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the esteemed Golden Lion making it only the third American film in history to win this grand prize.  One day later it was acquired by Fox Searchlight hours after its gala screening at the Toronto Film Festival.  THE WRESTLER won ‘Best Feature’ at the Independent Spirit Awards and garnered Academy Award nominations for both Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei.

Aronofsky’s previous feature, THE FOUNTAIN, a science-fiction romance which he wrote and directed, starred Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. MTV’s Kurt Loder called the film “a classic; dazzling and visually intoxicating” and Glenn Kenny from Premiere stated that THE FOUNTAIN, “may well restore your faith in the idea that a movie can take you out of the mundane and into a place of wonderment.”

In 2000, Aronofsky premiered REQUIEM FOR A DREAM at the Cannes Film Festival.  The film was named to over 150 Top Ten lists including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and the American Film Institute.  The accolades continued with five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including one for Best Director and a win for Best Actress Ellen Burstyn.  Burstyn also received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her stunning performance.

Aronofsky’s first feature, π, won the Director’s Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

Among his honors, the American Film Institute gave Aronofsky the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal and the Stockholm Film Festival presented him the Golden Horse Visionary Award.