Taiwan-born Ang Lee (Director/Producer) is one of the world’s most revered and honored film directors with a resume comprised of numerous awards and accomplishments.
Lee’s next directorial project Billy Lynns's Long Halftime Walk will be released worldwide in November 2016 by Sony. The highly anticipated film was shot at 120 frames per second and will combine 3D and 4K technology for a truly groundbreaking cinematic experience. Based on the critically acclaimed book by Ben Fountain and adapted by Simon Beafoy and Jean-Christophe Castelli, the film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, has been hailed as a hero and brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle.
Previously, Lee directed and produced LIFE OF PI, which won 4 Academy Awards for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score. In addition, the film received 9 BAFTA nominations (including Best Film and Best Director), 3 Golden Globe nominations (Best Picture [Drama], Best Director and Best Original Score) and was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Movies of 2012.
Lee’s LUST, CAUTION swept Asia’s Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan’s equivalent of the Academy Awards), with 8 wins including Best Film; it is one of the highest-grossing and most critically acclaimed films in the history of Chinese-language cinema. The film also won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2007.
Lee’s critically acclaimed film BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN won 3 Academy Awards including Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. Lee also won the Directors Guild of America, BAFTA, Independent Spirit, and Golden Globe Awards for Best Director, among other industry accolades. The film won 3 additional Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture [Drama]; the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature; 3 additional BAFTA Awards, including Best Film; and the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. Lee and the film’s star Jake Gyllenhaal were honored with the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN was named Outstanding Film by (GLAAD) Media Awards.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, based on a novel by Du Lu Wang, won 3 Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Lee also won the Directors Guild of America, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Awards for Best Director, among other honors.
In 1995, Lee directed SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY also won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture [Drama] and Best Screenplay, and was named Best Picture by BAFTA, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the National Board of Review. Lee was cited as Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
His first feature film, PUSHING HANDS, was screened at the 1992 Berlin International Film Festival and won Best Film at the Asian-Pacific Film Festival. The film was also nominated for 9 Golden Horse Awards. PUSHING HANDS was the first film in his “Father Knows Best” trilogy. The second installment, THE WEDDING BANQUET, opened following its Berlin premiere and received the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, and received 6 Independent Spirit Award nominations. Lee capped the trilogy with EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, which was selected as the opening night feature for the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes International Film Festival. Named Best Foreign-Language Film by the National Board of Review, the film was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, and received 6 Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Lee’s additional directorial credits include TAKING WOODSTOCK, HULK, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL and THE ICE STORM.
Lee moved to the United States in 1978. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from the University of Illinois, he went to New York University to complete a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in film production. His short film Fine Line won Best Director and Best Film awards at the annual NYU Film Festival.