Bennett Miller

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Bennett Miller
Born (1966-12-30) December 30, 1966 (age 52)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Film director, Film producer
Years active 1998–present
Partner(s) Ashley Olsen (2014–present)

Bennett Miller (born December 30, 1966) is an American film director, known for directing the acclaimed films Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014). He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Director.

Early life

Miller was born in New York City, to a painter mother and a contractor father.[1]


Miller began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise. As described by Wheeler Winston Dixon, the film documented the "tough life of a tour guide on a New York City bus", and was made using handheld digital cameras. It was a "surprise hit, and opened up numerous doors for Miller." Miller turned down several offers of film projects, until he was able to get support to make the film Capote (2005) with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Truman Capote.[2] In 2009, Miller was hired by Columbia Pictures to direct the film Moneyball after its previously-hired director, Steven Soderbergh, clashed with producers over the tone of the film. The resulting film, released in 2011, was a critical and commercial success. Miller's most recent film is Foxcatcher (2014), starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, a film he began developing in 2006.[3] The film was a critical success[4] and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including nominations for Miller, Carell and Ruffalo.[5]

Awards and honors

Miller was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Capote and Foxcatcher.

He won the Best Director Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Foxcatcher, and Foxcatcher was also in the main competition for the Palme d'Or.[6]



  2. Dixon, Wheeler Winston (July 11, 2007). Film Talk: Directors at Work. Rutgers University Press. p. xii. ISBN 978-0-8135-4077-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Harris, Mark (August 24, 2014). "Obsession With an Obsession: The Making of Foxcatcher". New York Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Awards 2014 : Competition". Cannes. Retrieved 25 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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