Winner David O. Russell

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WRITER/DIRECTOR: Silver Linings Playbook


Life doesn’t always go according to plan.

Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro) after spending 8 months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family’s obsession with their favorite Philadelphia football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.



DAVID O. RUSSELL directed The Fighter (2010), a film that earned seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Achievement in Directing (Russell) and Best Motion Picture of the Year. Two of The Fighter‘s stars, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, won Academy Awards® for their performances.

Russell’s prior films include Three Kings (1999), starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, which earned Russell a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for Best Screenplay, in addition to appearing on over 100 critics’ top ten lists and being awarded the Boston Film Critics Society Film of the Year and Director of the Year. Russell’s comedies I Heart Huckabees (2004) and Flirting With Disaster (1996) appeared on many top ten lists. The first film Russell wrote and directed, Spanking the Monkey, won the 1994 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and won Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the 1994 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

In 2002, Russell joined the board of the Bronx’s Ghetto Film School, then a brand-new, all-volunteer local summer project with a very small budget and no presence within the film industry. Russell changed all that immediately, getting his filmmaker friends, movie studios and industry professionals to not only give money, but also lend their time to teach classes and support the growth of young black and Latino filmmakers from the South Bronx and Harlem. Today, GFS is New York’s first public high school for cinema, an award-winning program model that has helped over 500 teenagers tell their stories.