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Paul Thomas Anderson’s prolific career


Discover the fascinating career of one of Hollywood’s greatest directors.

Paul Thomas Anderson turns 47 today on June 26, 2017. Born in 1970, Anderson was the son of a local celebrity named Ernie. Anderson began creating films at a very young age when he made The Dirk Diggler Story (1988). Even with his amateur skills at that time, Anderson would achieve fame very soon.

He was much more than just a filmmaker, though, because he was also a talented screenwriter. He received his first Academy Award nomination for writing the original screenplay Boogie Nights. This highly controversial film stars Mark Wahlberg as Dirk Diggler, which is the stage name for Eddie Adams, an adult entertainment star. The film received a total of three nominations, which were for the supporting roles that Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore played, along with Anderson’s screenplay.


Two years later, Anderson would receive his second writing nomination for Magnolia (1999). Even though he received nominations for writing original screenplays, his major Oscar contender was released in 2007 when he directed a film adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s Oil!, and renamed the film as There Will Be Blood. This film allowed Anderson to direct Daniel Day-Lewis in his second Oscar-winning role even though he retired from acting recently. The film also received a Best Picture nomination even though the winner was No Country for Old Men.

Recently, Anderson earned a nomination for adapting the novel Inherent Vice (2014). He also directed a number of short videos, and he currently has an untitled film that might be released later this year in 2017, Anderson currently has six Academy Award nominations, but he might be able to earn his seventh nomination soon, and hopefully, his first Oscar win. Anderson truly has a remarkable film career, part of which happened because of the celebrity status of his father.


Alex Phuong