Martin McDonagh

Writer/Director/Producer, Seven Psychopaths
Nominated for: Best Screenplay

Martin McDonagh, known for integrating dark comedy into his films and plays, won an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film for Six Shooter, his first foray into film. He followed that project with his feature film debut, the critically acclaimed In Bruges (starring Seven Psychopaths’ Colin Farrell), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. He won the BAFTA Award and received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

The Anglo-Irish McDonagh, who lives in London, is considered one of the best Irish playwrights of his generation. Aside from a litany of theatre awards he has received in Europe and the U.S., at 27, McDonagh was the first playwright since Shakespeare to have four plays running simultaneously in London’s West-End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards and received one nomination as well as four Tony Award nominations for his plays.

He won the prestigious Olivier Award for his 2001 play The Lieutenant of Inishmore and 2003’s The Pillowman. He has received four Tony Award nominations and his most recent play, 2010’s A Behanding in Spokane, was his first play set in America, teaming both of his Seven Psychopaths co-stars Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.

Other plays that received the Tony nods are The Pillowman in 2005, The Lieutenant of Inishmore in 2006, The Lonesome West in 1999 and The Beauty Queen of Leenane in 1998. He won an Obie Award in 2006 for the Off-Broadway The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He won a Drama Desk Award in 1997 for The Beauty Queen of Leenane and was nominated for a second one in 2005 for The Pillowman, a collection of his short stories. He also wrote The Cripple of Inishmaan in 1997.