Nominated for Best Director for
Good Will Hunting.
Gus Van Sant has made a career by making the offbeat and peculiar seem normal and
downright funny. From the impressive
Drugstore Cowboy to 1995's satirical
To Die For, Van Sant has
focused on the marginalia of American life and shown its inhabitants' bumbling toddler
steps through life with clarity and compassion.
Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon
and Ben Affleck's
script, offered Van Sant his most accessible material yet. No junkie's or psychopathic
media freaks here, just one of Hollywood's favorite archetypes, a misunderstood genius.
Hollywood likes Van Sant. He revitalized
Matt Dillon and "discovered" Kelly Lynch
with Drugstore Cowboy. To Die For was highly respected and really let
Nicole Kidman show
her chops. His nomination for Best Director in 1997 was an acknowledgment of a fine and growing body of work.
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