Despite getting his start as a sitcom writer on more than one embarrassing show, writer-director Paul Haggis earned a hard-fought-for career in Hollywood which culminated in winning Academy Awards for his biting racial drama, "Crash" (2005). Prior to his Oscar triumph, Haggis spent years writing for popular, but unchallenging sitcoms like "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC/ABC, 1978-1986), "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984) and "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988). Eventually, he transitioned from sitcoms to more respectable one-hour dramas, adding "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991) and "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) to his growing television resume. After seeing several of his own pet projects summarily axed for poor ratings despite being of good quality, Haggis found a rebirth in film, receiving an Oscar nomination for his brutal, honest drama, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) starring Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. He continued working with director Eastwood on "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) and its companion piece "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006); the latter earning him another Academy Award nod. But it was his second directing effort, "Crash," that earned Haggis the most acclaim - and in some cases criticism for its simplified views on race - as well as his first Oscar, taking the filmmaker as far away from his days on "The Facts of Life" as possible.