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Noah Baumbach’s films as a writer and director include Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, and Margot at the Wedding.
Mr. Baumbach received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay The Squid and the Whale. The picture premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where he was honored with the Directing Award (in the Dramatic features category) and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The script also earned him Best Original Screenplay awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Toronto Film Critics Association, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film was on over 150 Top Ten lists, including AFI’s 10 Best of the Year. The Squid and the Whale received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy); and six Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and for actors Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, and Jesse Eisenberg.
In 2007 Margot at the Wedding was selected to the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. The picture received Gotham Award nominations for Best Film and Best Ensemble Cast. Jennifer Jason Leigh earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance opposite Nicole Kidman and Jack Black.
With director Wes Anderson, Mr. Baumbach co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox (the latter adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl).
In 2008, he directed the shorts “Clearing the Air” and “New York Underground,” which he co-wrote with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, for Saturday Night Live.
He is a contributor of humor pieces to the “Shouts and Murmurs” section of The New Yorker magazine.