Robert Zemeckis  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Robert Lee "Bob" Zemeckis (born May 14, 1952) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning American film director, producer and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director of the comedic time-travel Back to the Future films as well as the live-action/animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), though in the 1990s he diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.

His films are characterized by an interest in state-of-the-art special effects, including the early use of match moving in Back to the Future Part II (1989) and the pioneering performance capture techniques seen in The Polar Express (2004). Though Zemeckis has often been pigeonholed as a director only interested in effects, his work has been defended by several critics, including David Thomson, who wrote that "No other contemporary director has used special effects to more dramatic and narrative purpose."

Director filmography

Year Film Oscar Nominations Oscar Wins BAFTA Nominations BAFTA Wins Golden Globe Nominations Golden Globe Wins Notes
1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand Also co-writer
1980 Used Cars Also co-writer
1984 Romancing the Stone 1 2 1
1985 Back to the Future 4 1 5 4 Also co-writer
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 6 4 5 1 2
1989 Back to the Future Part II 1 1 1 Also story
1990 Back to the Future Part III Also story
1992 Death Becomes Her 1 1 1 1 1
1994 Forrest Gump 13 6 8 1 7 3 Academy Award for Best Director
1997 Contact 1 1
2000 What Lies Beneath
Cast Away 2 1 1 1
2004 The Polar Express 3 Also co-writer
2007 Beowulf
2009 A Christmas Carol Also writer
2012 Flight
Total 32 12 21 4 18 5 71 nominations, 21 wins

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