Oscar Directors: Hooper, Tom (King’s Speech)

Tom Hooper is the director of the Oscar winning The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth. The film, which also stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, is being released The Weinstein Company on November 26.

Hooper’s most recent film THE DAMNED UNITED starred Michael Sheen as the legendary English football manager Brian Clough.  THE DAMNED UNITED was nominated by the South Bank Show Awards for best British film and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.  This Sony Pictures/BBC Film, written by Peter Morgan, was based on the novel by David Peace. 

Hooper’s “John Adams”, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, won four Golden Globes and thirteen Emmys – the most Emmys ever awarded to a programme in one year in US television history.  Based on the best selling Pulitzer prize winning biography by David McCullough, “John Adams” tells the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of the second president.  Hooper directed all nine hours of the mini-series, executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for HBO.

Hooper’s “Longford”, about Lord Longford’s relationship with the “Moors Murderer” Myra Hindley, won Golden Globes for Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton and for best TV film.  It was written by Peter Morgan for HBO/Channel 4.

Hooper won the Emmy award for directing “Elizabeth I,” starring Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. The HBO/Channel 4 miniseries won three Golden Globes and nine Emmy? Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries and best actress for Helen Mirrren.

Hooper was nominated for a Best Director Emmy for helming the revival of ITV’s “Prime Suspect – The Last Witness,” starring Helen Mirren. He directed Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the BAFTA-nominated film RED DUST.   Hooper’s TV work also includes “Daniel Deronda,” which won the Best Miniseries award at the 2003 Banff TV Festival, “Love in a Cold Climate,” for which Alan Bates was Bafta nominated, and the multi award-winning ITV comedy drama “Cold Feet.”  For two years running Hooper directed the one hour specials that won “Eastenders” the BAFTA for best soap.

He wrote, directed and produced the short film PAINTED FACES aged 18, which premiered at the London Film Festival, was released theatrically and shown on Channel 4.  At Oxford University he directed theatre productions with contemporaries Kate Beckinsale and Emily Mortimer, and directed his first TV commercials.