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Anthony Minghella is an Academy Award–winning film director, producer and writer. The English Patient, which he adapted and directed from the Michael Ondaatje novel of the same name, was honored all over the world. The film won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche); six BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay; the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Screenplay; and the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director.
He made his feature film screenwriting and directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Truly Madly Deeply, which won several honors, including a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Mr. Minghella's other films as writer/director include The Talented Mr. Ripley, which he adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel, and which was nominated for five Academy Awards (including Best Adapted Screenplay) and seven BAFTA Awards (including Best Film, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay), among other honors; Cold Mountain, which he adapted from the Charles Frazier novel, and which was nominated for seven Academy Awards (winning for Best Supporting Actress [Renée Zellweger]) and thirteen BAFTA Awards (winning two); and the soon–to–be–released Breaking and Entering.
Since 2000, he has been joint owner with Sydney Pollack of Mirage Enterprises. The production company has been involved in such as projects such as Iris (which won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor [Jim Broadbent]); The Quiet American, which was Mirage's first collaboration with Catch a Fire director Phillip Noyce; the aforementioned Cold Mountain and Breaking and Entering; Mr. Pollack's The Interpreter; and Kenneth Lonergan's upcoming Margaret.
Since December 2002, Mr. Minghella has been chairman of the British Film Institute. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Hull; the University of Southampton; and the University of Bournemouth.
He has had long affiliations with the Arvon Foundation, which offers creative writing courses; the Script Factory; and the Canadian Screenwriters' Workshop.
Mr. Minghella was recently made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).