Spike Jonze

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    Spike Jonze: Biography at a Glance

    • Spike Jonze is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker best known for feature films including Her, Being John Malkovich, and Where the Wild Things Are, among others.
    • Her, an imagination of the future of artificial intelligence, won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay while receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song.
    • Jonze also earned his first Academy Award for Best Director with Being John Malkovich.
    • On television, Jonze was the co-creator of Jackass, co-creator and co-chairman of Viceland, and producer of the Emmy-nominated show Gaycation​​​​​​.
    • He has worked as an actor throughout his career, co-starring in David O. Russell's war comedy Three Kings, and appearing in supporting roles in Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.


    Academy Award winning filmmaker (must always start with a grandiose descriptor), Spike Jonze crosses boundaries between many mediums: feature films (Her, Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are – it’s always cool to leave one out, and not the one you’d expect), television (co-creator of Jackass, co-creator and co-chairman of Viceland, producer of Emmy-nominated show Gaycation), acting (Three Kings, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street, Annie Hall), music videos (mostly in the 90s… he’s really old), choreography (he’ll be the first to remind you that he personally won MTV Best Choreography awards for Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” and “Weapon of Choice”)…

    Oh, also: he made a documentary on Al Gore for Gore’s 2000 Presidential Campaign, codesigned and co-produced Frank Ocean’s “Blonded” tour this summer, failed his bar exam before becoming a filmmaker, co-founded Girl and Chocolate Skateboards and micro-dosed for the first six months of the year until the Hotel Gotham in Manchester broke the vial.

    As hard as he’s tried, he’s the only filmmaker the French don’t like.

    Spike was such a treat, and so interesting! I definitely feel like he was the highlight of the summit.


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