Noah Baumbach

Co-writer/Director/Producer, Frances Ha
Nominated for: Best Feature

NOAH BAUMBACH‘s films as a writer and director include Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and The Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and Greenberg.

Mr. Baumbach received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay The Squid and The Whale. The picture premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where he was honored with both the Directing Award (in the Dramatic features category) and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The script also earned him Best Original Screenplay awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Toronto Film Critics Association, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film was on over 150 Top Ten lists, including AFI’s 10 Best of the Year. The Squid and The Whale received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy); and six Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, as well as nominations for actors Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, and Jesse Eisenberg.

Margot at the Wedding premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2007 and played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. The picture was released by Paramount Vantage and received Gotham Award nominations for Best Film and Best Ensemble Cast. Jennifer Jason Leigh earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance opposite Nicole Kidman and Jack Black.

In 2010, Greenberg premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film was released by Focus Features and received a Gotham Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Actress for Greta Gerwig and four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Feature, Best Male Lead for Ben Stiller, and Best Female Lead for Greta Gerwig.

With director Wes Anderson, Mr. Baumbach co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox (the latter adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl).

He directed the shorts Clearing the Air and New York Underground, which he co-wrote with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen for Saturday Night Live.

He is also a contributor of humor pieces to the “Shouts and Murmurs” section of The New Yorker.