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Billy Wilder

FULL NAME Samuel Wilder
BORN

22 June 1906, Sucha, Austria-Hungary

DIED

27 March 2002 (aged 95), Bevery Hills, California, USA

ASSOCIATION

Director/writer

NATIONALITY American (naturalized)
REVIEWED ENTRIES 5
MAX. RATING
MIN. RATING
AVERAGE RATING 4.00

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ASSOCIATION

FILM RATING

1944 Double Indemnity Director/Writer

1950 Sunset Boulevard Director/Writer

1957 Witness for the Prosecution Director/Writer

1959 Some Like It Hot Director/Writer/Producer

1960 The Apartment Director/Writer/Producer

 

BIO

Few other filmmakers from the Golden Age of Hollywood can exhibit a versatility and such a high number of lasting classics as Billy Wilder. He was born in Austria to a family of Polish Jews and started his craft as a screenwriter in Europe before moving to Hollywood in 1934. There he quickly received writing credits, and in 1942 got the opportunity to direct his first film, The Major and the Minor, starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. With his third Hollywood feature, Double Indemnity, in 1944, Wilder rose to the top of the heap, receiving his first Oscar nomination for Best Director and already his third for Best Screenplay. From this point on, Wilder regularly scored great successes with titles which today are hailed as among the best American films ever. He has four films on AFI's list of the 100 best American movies (tied second after Spielberg): Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. And seven of his films are preserved in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". Perhaps the greatest testament to Wilder's talents is that unlike several fine films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Wilder's best titles still feel as crisp and relevant as ever. They have stood the test of time exceptionally well.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1939

 

Nominated for Best Screenplay for Ninotchka

1941

 

Nominated for Best Story for Ball of Fire

1941

 

Nominated for Best Screenplay for Hold Back the Dawn

1944

 

Nominated for Best Director for Double Indemnity

1944

 

Nominated for Best Screenplay for Double Indemnity

1945

Best Director for The Lost Weekend

1945

Best Screenplay for The Lost Weekend

1948

 

Nominated for Best Screenplay for A Foreign Affair

1950

 

Nominated for Best Director for Sunset Boulevard

1950

Best Original Screenplay for Sunset Boulevard

1951

 

Nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Ace in the Hole

1953

 

Nominated for Best Director for Stalag 17

1954

 

Nominated for Best Director for Sabrina

1954

 

Nominated for Best Screenplay for Sabrina

1957

 

Nominated for Best Director for Witness for the Prosecution

1959

 

Nominated for Best Director for Some Like It Hot

1959

 

Nominated for Best Screenplay for Some Like It Hot

1960

Best Picture for The Apartment

1960

Best Director for The Apartment

1960

Best Original Screenplay for The Apartment

1966

Nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Fortune Cookie

1987

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award