Oscar Directors: Marshall, Rob–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography (Cum Advantage, Tony)

September 30, 2020

Rob Marshall Career Summation

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Robert Doyle Marshall Jr. (born October 17, 1960) is an American film and theater director, producer, and choreographer. He is best known for directing the film version of the Broadway musical Chicago. His work earned him the Directors Guild of America Award, in addition to receiving nominations for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the BAFTA Award for Best Director. A five-time Tony Award nominee, he also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his choreography in the television film Annie (1999).

Robert Doyle Marshall Jr. was born in Madison, Wisconsin.[2] His father and namesake, Robert Doyle Marshall Sr., was a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison,[3][4] and his mother Anne was a teacher.[5] Like him, his younger sister Kathleen became a choreographer and director.

In 1964, Robert Marshall joined the English department at the University of Pittsburgh,  and the Marshall family relocated to Pittsburgh.[5] Anne would later work for Pittsburgh Public Schools and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and Robert would become associate professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the same university.

Rob Marshall graduated from the Falk School,[8] and then in 1978 from Taylor Allderdice High School, into whose alumni hall of fame he later was inducted.[9] Graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982,[1][10] Marshall worked in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, performing with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Marshall went on to perform as a dancer in various Broadway shows, but suffered a herniated disc while performing in Cats and after recovering, transitioned into choreography and then directing.

He debuted in the film industry with the TV adaptation of the musical Annie by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. He went on to direct the 2002 adaptation of the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. His next feature film was the drama Memoirs of a Geisha based on the best-selling book of the same name by Arthur Golden starring Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh and Ken Watanabe. The film went on to win three Academy Awards and gross $162.2 million at the worldwide box office.

In 2009, Marshall directed Nine, an adaptation of the Broadway production with the same name starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Penélope Cruz, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Marshall then went on to direct Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth chapter of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean film series starring Johnny Depp, Ian McShane, Penélope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush,[14] which opened on May 20, 2011.

Marshall directed Disney’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (2014), and produced the film under his Lucamar Productions banner.[16][17] His next film was the sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, titled Mary Poppins Returns, reuniting two Into the Woods actresses: Emily Blunt as the title character and Meryl Streep in a supporting role.

By December 2017, Disney was considering Marshall to direct the live-action/CGI adaptation of The Little Mermaid, in which he was officially confirmed to direct on December 2018.

Personal life
As of at least 2007, Marshall lives in New York City with his partner, producer John DeLuca.

In 2004, they bought a $4.2 million summer home in Sagaponack, New York, part of The Hamptons.

List of Tony nominations
Year Show Category
1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman Best Choreography
1994 Damn Yankees Best Choreography
1994 She Loves Me Best Choreography
1998 Cabaret Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Year Title Director Producer Choreographer Writer Notes
2002 Chicago Yes No Yes No Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated — David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Filmmaker
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Yes No No No Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Director
2009 Nine Yes Yes Yes No Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Director
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Yes No No No
2014 Into the Woods Yes Yes No No Also musical stager
2014 Chicago in the Spotlight: A Retrospective with the Cast and Crew Yes No No No Making-of documentary
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Yes Yes Yes Story
TBA The Little Mermaid Yes Yes No No Filming
Year Title Director Choreographer Executive
Producer Notes
1995 Victor/Victoria No Yes No TV movie
1996 Mrs. Santa Claus No Yes No TV movie;
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella No Yes No TV movie;
Musical stager;
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1999 Annie Yes Yes No TV movie;
Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
Nominated—Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
2001 The Kennedy Center Honors:
A Celebration of the Performing Arts Yes No No TV event;
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety
2006 Tony Bennett: An American Classic Yes Yes Yes TV movie;
Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special,
Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
2013 85th Academy Awards No Yes No TV special;
Segment “All that Jazz” from Chicago
Awards received by Marshall movies
Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
2002 Chicago 13 6 12 2 8 3
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha 6 3 6 3 2 1
2009 Nine 4 1 5
2014 Into the Woods 3 2 3
2018 Mary Poppins Returns 4 3 4
Total 30 9 24 5 18 4

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