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Mix Up Star: STEVEN SPIELBERG

Updated: Apr 12


Age: 74

Birthday: December 18th


Steven Spielberg is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Spielberg started in Hollywood directing television and several minor theatrical releases. He became a household name as the director of Jaws (1975), which was critically and commercially successful and is considered the first summer blockbuster. His subsequent releases focused typically on science fiction/adventure films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993).



Spielberg transitioned into addressing serious issues in his later work with The Color Purple (1985), Schindler's List (1993), Amistad (1997), and Saving Private Ryan (1998). He has largely adhered to this practice during the 21st century, with Munich (2005), Lincoln (2012), Bridge of Spies (2015), and The Post (2017).



He co-founded Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures, where he has also served as a producer or executive producer for several successful film franchises including the Gremlins, Back to the Future, Men in Black, and the Transformers series. He later transitioned into producing several video games.


Spielberg is one of the American film industry's most critically successful filmmakers, with praise for his directing talent and versatility, and he has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice. Some of his movies are also among the highest-grossing films, while his total work makes him the highest-grossing film director in history. His net worth is estimated to be more than $3 billion.


THE TOP 10 HIGHEST-GROSSING FILMMAKERS

1. Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park)

2. Russo Brothers (Avengers)

3. Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings)

4. Michael Bay (Transformers)

5. James Cameron (Avatar)

6. David Yates (Harry Potter)

7. Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight)

8. J.J. Abrams (Star Wars)

9. Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland)

10. Jon Favreau (The Lion King)



STEVEN SPIELBERG AWARD NOMINATIONS & WINS AS DIRECTOR

ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS) - Nominations: 7 Wins: 2

2013 - LINCOLN

2006 - MUNICH

1999 - SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (WINNER)

1994 - SCHINDLER'S LIST (WINNER)

1983 - E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1982 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

1978 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

GOLDEN GLOBES - Nominations: 12 Wins: 2

2018 - THE POST

2013 - LINCOLN

2006 - MUNICH

2002 - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

1999 - SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (WINNER)

1998 - AMISTAD

1994 - SCHINDLER'S LIST (WINNER)

1986 - THE COLOR PURPLE

1983 - E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1982 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

1978 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

1976 - JAWS

BAFTA - Nominations: 6 Wins: 1

2016 - BRIDGE OF SPIES

1999 - SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

1994 - SCHINDLER'S LIST (WINNER)

1983 - E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1979 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

1976 - JAWS

How do you rate Steven Spielberg's Movies?


Here's Mix Up Theatre's Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies...

  1. Empire of the Sun (1987)

  2. Jurassic Park (1993)

  3. The BFG (2016)

  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

  5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

  6. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

  7. Lincoln (2012)

  8. Ready Player One (2018)

  9. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

  10. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)






WATCH STEVEN SPIELBERG FILMS THIS WEEK


ON AMAZON PRIME:

FILM: War Horse (2011)

Spielberg adapts the stage show for this epic.



ON NETFLIX:

FILM: Ready Player One (2018)

Fantastic virtual reality adventure.



FILM: Bridge of Spies (2015)

Teaming up with Hanks once again for this true spy drama.


FILM: The BFG (2016)

Spielberg adapts the Roald Dahl classic.


ARTICLES:


Steven Spielberg's 10 Greatest Films Ranked

- Far Out Magazine





What's your favourite Steven Spielberg movie?


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