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Patton Oswalt was recently a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in Young Adult. He starred opposite Charlize Theron in the movie directed by Jason Reitman from Diablo Cody’s original screenplay; the quartet was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Mr. Oswalt previously earned rave reviews for his performance in the title role of Robert Siegel’s Big Fan, receiving a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination. His other movies include Paul Thomas Anderson’s award-winning Magnolia; Robert Ben Garant’s Reno 911!: Miami; Jody Hill’s Observe and Report; and Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!; he will next be seen starring opposite Anton Yelchin in Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas, adapted from the bestselling Dean Koontz novels.
He memorably provided the voice for the lead character of Remy the rat, in Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava’s Ratatouille, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. He has also voiced characters on such television series as WordGirl, Kim Possible, and Neighbors from Hell.
Also for television, Mr. Oswalt was a series regular on the shows United States of Tara and The King of Queens. His guest appearances include ones on The Sarah Silverman Program, Flight of the Conchords, Seinfeld, Reaper, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Additionally, he had recurring roles on Caprica and Bored to Death; and is a frequent contributor to such programs as Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil.
As a comedian, he has recorded four television specials, including Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour, which premiered in September 2011, and three critically acclaimed albums; the most recent album, My Weakness is Strong, brought him a Grammy Award nomination. He tours regularly, headlining in both the U.S. and the U.K; and has a bimonthly show at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles.
Mr. Oswalt’s first published book, Spaceship Zombie Wasteland, made The New York Times bestseller list.