Kenneth Lonergan (born October 16, 1962) is an American film director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is the co-writer of the film Gangs of New York (2002), and wrote and directed You Can Count On Me (2000), Margaret (2011), and Manchester by the Sea (2016).
Lonergan at the Vienna International Film Festival in 2016.
|Born||October 16, 1962|
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, playwright, screenwriter|
|Alma mater||New York University |
|Notable works||You Can Count On Me |
Manchester by the Sea
|Notable awards||Academy Award (2016)|
BAFTA Award (2016)
NBR Award (2016)
NSFC Award (2000, 2016)
NYFCC Award (2000, 2016)
Satellite Award (2016)
J. Smith-Cameron (m. 2000)
Lonergan is also known for his work as a playwright. His most famous plays include This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero and The Waverly Gallery. Each also had a successful revival engagement on Broadway, which resulted in each play receiving a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play
Lonergan earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for Manchester by the Sea, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for You Can Count On Me, Gangs of New York, and Manchester by the Sea, winning for the latter at the 89th Academy Awards. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea at the 70th British Academy Film Awards.
Early life and education
His first play, The Rennings Children, was chosen for the Stephen Sondheim-founded Young Playwrights, Inc. Young Playwright's Festival in 1982 while he was still an undergraduate. Lonergan matriculated to Wesleyan University, where he trained as a playwright and director. He graduated from the NYU Playwriting Program. He is an alumnus of HB Studio in New York City.
Government and commercial work
Lonergan's first theatrical success came with the play This Is Our Youth (1996); it was followed by The Waverly Gallery (1999), based on his grandmother's Greenwich Village gallery, and later Lobby Hero (2002). His play The Starry Messenger premiered Off-Broadway in 2009 and starred his wife J. Smith-Cameron and Matthew Broderick.
In August 2014, This Is Our Youth was revived on Broadway starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson at the Cort Theatre. The play received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
In March 2018, Lobby Hero was revived on Broadway starring Chris Evans, Michael Cera, Brian Tyree Henry, and Bel Powley at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The play received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Cera and Tyree Henry were also nominated for their performances.
In September 2018, The Waverly Gallery was revived on Broadway starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, David Cromer, and Michael Cera at the John Golden Theatre. The show received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Elaine May won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Lonergan directed his own screenplay for You Can Count On Me (2000); the film, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, went on to receive and be nominated for numerous writing awards. He contributed to the screenplay for Gangs of New York (2002). In 2005, filming took place for his second film as writer/director, Margaret, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, and J. Smith-Cameron. The film spent over five years in post-production, with Lonergan, the producers and various editors unable to agree on its final cut, resulting in multiple legal disputes. It was finally released in 2011. Margaret ranked 31st in a 2016 BBC poll of the 21st century's greatest films.
Lonergan wrote and directed Manchester by the Sea, which was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. He also had a small part in the film, as a pedestrian. David Fear of Rolling Stone said the film proves that Lonergan is "practically peerless in portraying loss as a living, breathing thing without resorting to the vocabulary of griefporn."
Lonergan is married to actress J. Smith-Cameron. They have one daughter, Nellie.
|1982||The Rennings Children||One-act|
|1993||Betrayed by Everyone||One-act; would become This is Our Youth|
|1996||This Is Our Youth|
|2000||The Waverly Gallery|
|2004||True to You||One-act premiered at TriBeCa Theater Festival|
|2009||The Starry Messenger|
|2016||Hold On to Me Darling|
|2000||You Can Count On Me||Yes||Yes||Co-starring role as Father Ron;|
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
|The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||No||Yes|
|2002||Gangs of New York||No||Yes||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2016||Manchester by the Sea||Yes||Yes||Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|
BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Awards and nominations
|Year||Title||Award and Category||Result|
|1996||This Is Our Youth||Drama Desk Award for Best Play||Nominated|
|2000||The Waverly Gallery||Pulitzer Prize for Drama||Nominated|
|2001||Lobby Hero||Drama Desk Award for Best Play||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play||Nominated|
|John Gassner Playwriting Award||Nominated|
|Olivier Award for Best Play||Nominated|
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- HB Studio Alumni
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- "What's Up, J. Smith-Cameron? The Starry Star on Life, Art and Why She Loves Ben Brantley". Broadway.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
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