Mike Leigh
Leigh at the 83rd Academy Awards
7 Nominations
Role Director, Screenwriter
Born February 20, 1943
Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Mike Leigh is a British writer and director of film and theatre. He began as a theatre director and playwright in the mid 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s his career moved between work for the theatre and making films for BBC Television, many of which were characterized by a gritty "kitchen sink realism" style. Leigh begins his projects without a script, but starts from a basic premise which is developed through improvisation by the actors. Leigh works initially one-to-one with each actor, developing a character who is based, in the first place, on someone he or she knows. It is only after months of rehearsal, or 'preparing for going out on location to make up a film', that Leigh writes a shooting script, a bare scenario. Then, on the shoot, on location, after further 'real rehearsing', the script is finalized.


69th Academy Awards, 1996
Best DirectorSecrets & Lies
Best Original ScreenplaySecrets & Lies
72nd Academy Awards, 1999
Best Original ScreenplayTopsy-Turvy
77th Academy Awards, 2004
DirectorVera Drake
Best Original ScreenplayVera Drake
81st Academy Awards, 2008
Best Original ScreenplayHappy-Go-Lucky
83rd Academy Awards, 2010
Best Original ScreenplayAnother Year

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