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Sydney Pollack's 20 films as director have thus far received 46 Academy Award nominations. He received the Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards for Out of Africa, which also won five other Oscars.
He was earlier a Best Picture and Best Director nominee for Tootsie, which won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange). Mr. Pollack's other accolades for this film included Best Director honors from the New York Film Critics Circle. His first Academy Award nomination was for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, , for which Gig Young won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Mr. Pollack's other honors include the David di Donatello Award for directing Three Days of the Condor; the National Association of Theatre Owners' Director of the Year Award; and prizes from film festivals around the world. He has served twice as a member of the jury at the Cannes International Film Festival, and once as the jury's President.
In 1986, the French government awarded him the medal of Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. In 2000, he was honored with the Directors Guild of America's John Huston Award by the Artists Rights Foundation.
As an actor, Mr. Pollack has appeared in such films as Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Robert Altman's The Player, Robert Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her, Steven Zaillian's A Civil Action, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, and Roger Michell's Changing Lanes; and such television series as Mad About You and Will & Grace.
In 1985, he formed Mirage Enterprises. Under that banner, he produced such films as Alan J. Pakula's Presumed Innocent; Steve Kloves' The Fabulous Baker Boys; Luis Mandoki's White Palace; David S. Ward's Major League; Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again; Steven Zaillian's Searching for Bobby Fisher; Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility; Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors; and Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000, Mr. Minghella became a partner with Mr. Pollack in Mirage.
Mr. Pollack is a founding member of The Sundance Institute and The Film Foundation; Chairman Emeritus of The American Cinematheque; and is on the Board of Directors for The Motion Picture and Television Fund.