Very few directors made historical films quite like Tom Hooper did. He had the gift of seemingly getting inside the minds of some of the most powerful figures in history and exploring onscreen their s...
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|Made feature debut with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission drama "Red Dust"|
|Directed epic miniseries "John Adams" for Playtone and HBO; film starred Paul Giamatti as John Adams; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing and a nomination from the Directors Guild of America|
|Directed all-star cast for feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables"|
|After graduating from Oxford, directed television commercials|
|Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing|
|While still in school, directed Kate Beckinsale in "A View From the Bridge" and Emily Mortimer in "The Trial" at the Oxford Playhouse|
|Directed BBC costume drama "Love in a Cold Climate," which was based on Nancy Mitford's novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate|
|Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("The King's Speech")|
|Directed Colin Firth as King George in "The King's Speech"|
|For Robinson, directed episodes of the short-lived Tyne Tees Television soap opera "Quayside" and four episodes of the Children's BBC television series "Byker Grove"|
|Re-teamed with writer Peter Morgan for "The Damned United"|
|Directed several episodes of the BBC One soap opera "EastEnders"|
|Introduced by his father to television producer Matthew Robinson|
|Directed Helen Mirren in revival of "Prime Suspect" titled "The Last Witness"; the two-part serial was broadcast on the ITV network; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing|
|Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film|
|Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture ("The King's Speech")|
|Directed the British television miniseries "Elizabeth I," starring Mirren in title role; aired on HBO in U.S.|
|Directed the Granada/HBO television film "Longford," starring Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton; first collaboration with writer Peter Morgan|
|Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture|
Born in 1972 in London, England, Tom Hooper started making short films around age 12, featuring his mother and the family pet. He studied English at Oxford University, where he also directed plays and television commercials. Hooper's directorial debut, the short film "Painted Faces" (Channel 4, 1992), was about an artist who was terrorized by one of his paintings that came to life. Only a few short years later, Hooper directed the family drama "Byker Grove" (BBC, 1989-2006), which followed the lives and loves of a youth club. He went on to direct the romantic-comedy series "Cold Feet" (iTV, 1997-2003), which many critics described as the British version of the widely popular sitcom, "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004). After directing a string of sitcoms, Hooper appeared to have found his niche in making epic miniseries, such as "Masterpiece Theatre: Love in a Cold Climate" (BBC, 2001), based on the Nancy Mitford novels The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949), and the widely acclaimed biopic "Elizabeth I," featuring Helen Mirren in the title role. For making the 2005 biopic, Hooper won a slew of major awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special in 2006.
In 2008, Hooper helmed the award-winning HBO miniseries "John Adams," a biopic of the reforming American president (Paul Giamatti) and recounted the first 50 years of the United States of America. By this time, Hooper's reputation as a compelling historical filmmaker was growing at an exponential rate, which helped boost the release of the 2009 fact-based drama "The Damned United," about the controversial British football manager, Brian Clough (Michael Sheen). Aided by an excellent script and great performances, Hooper successfully drew out the darkness and dangerous intentions of a very powerful and ambitious man who rose to fame in England, but failed to capture the same kind of attention across the pond.
Hooper's follow-up, "The King's Speech," was one of that year's most buzzed about films and one of the strongest contenders for the following year's major acting awards. Essentially a buddy story about two opposites, the film was a riveting portrayal of King George VI's (Colin Firth) relationship with his defiant yet charming speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) who helps him defeat a lifelong stutter. Determined to paint a kinder view of the future monarch who appeared destined to live life in a fishbowl, Hooper made excessive use of a fisheye lens. He also worked very closely with his lead actors to bring out their character's magnanimity as well as their closely guarded insecurities. Thanks to Hooper's direction, both Firth and Rush received major critical acclaim for their performances, and the movie received a nomination for Best Foreign Film from the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. He also earned himself a Golden Globe nomination and won the Academy Award for Best Director. Following up that particular triumph, Hooper turned down an opportunity to helm "Iron Man 3," opting instead to direct the adaptation of the popular Broadway musical, "Les Misérables" (2012), starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Despite a cast of big names, all his actors were required to audition since they had to sing and dance on camera. The film received positive critical reviews and was in the running for award attention at the end of the year.
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