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Years active  1967–present
Name  Robert Benton
Role  Screenwriter

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Full Name  Robert Douglas Benton
Born  September 29, 1932 (age 83) (1932-09-29) Waxahachie, Texas, United States
Occupation  Film director, screenwriter, producer
Parents  Dorothy Benton, Ellery Douglass Benton
Awards  Academy Award for Best Director
Education  Columbia University, University of Texas at Austin
Plays  It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman
Movies  Kramer vs Kramer, Feast of Love, The Human Stain, Places in the Heart, Superman
Similar People  Justin Henry, Tom Mankiewicz, Jane Alexander, Alexander Salkind, Dustin Hoffman

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Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He won the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and won a third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart (1984).

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Benton also garnered three additional Oscar nominations: two for Best Original Screenplay for both Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Late Show (1977) and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool (1994).

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He has also directed Twilight (1998) and Feast of Love (2007) and co-wrote the screenplays for Superman (1978) and The Ice Harvest (2005).

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Life and career

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Benton was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Dorothy (née Spaulding) and Ellery Douglass Benton, a telephone company employee. He attended the University of Texas and Columbia University. Benton has won numerous awards for both writing and directing in film. In 1959, he co-wrote the book "The IN and OUT Book" with Harvey Schmidt, published by The Viking Press. He was the art director at Esquire magazine in the early 1960s. In 2006 he appeared in the documentary Wanderlust. His wife, Sallie Benton, is an artist.

Wins

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  • 1978 - Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for The Late Show
  • 1980 - Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1980 - Academy Award for Directing for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1980 - Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1980 - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1984 - People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival
  • 1985 - Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Places in the Heart
  • 1985 - Silver Bear for Best Director at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival for Places in the Heart
  • 2007 - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement
  • Nominations

  • 1968 - Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1968 - Golden Globe for Best Screenplay for Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1977 - Golden Bear at Berlin for The Late Show
  • 1978 - Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for The Late Show
  • 1980 - Golden Globe for Best Director - Motion Picture for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1981 - César Award for Best Foreign Film for Kramer vs. Kramer
  • 1985 - Academy Award for Directing for Places in the Heart
  • 1980 - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Places in the Heart
  • 1985 - Golden Globe for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for Places in the Heart
  • 1995 - Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Nobody's Fool
  • References

    Robert Benton Wikipedia


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