Norman Jewison found success with his first independent film, The Cincinnati Kid. Now acknowledged as a classic, it was co-written and directed by Jewison and starred Steve McQueen. Since then, Jewison's films have covered a wide range of subjects and styles, from the political satire of The Russians Are Coming to the sultry mystery of In The Heat of the Night (winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1967), and from the hot screen version of Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof to the critically acclaimed A Soldier's Story. Moonstruck, Jewison's most successful film to date, garnered three Academy Awards, with Cher winning for Best Actress, Olympia Dukakis for Best Supporting Actress and John Patrick Shanley for Best Original Screenplay.
A vibrant force in the movie business and highly regarded in the acting community for three decades now, Norman Jewison experienced a career highlight in 1999 receiving the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Academy Awards. His films have received an impressive 12 Academy Awards.
Festivals: 2004 (fall)