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Gary Ross    [Lab Activities]

Four-time Academy Award nominee Gary Ross wrote and directed the acclaimed Seabiscuit, an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book, starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper. The movie received seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture & Best Screenplay), a DGA & WGA award nomination, the USC Scripter Award, and numerous other guild & critical awards.

Ross launched his career as the co-writer of the original screenplay Big. The 1988 blockbuster comedy, starring Tom Hanks, garnered Ross his first Academy Award nomination (for the original screenplay by Ross and Anne Spielberg.)

Ross drew on his knowledge and love of the American political process for his screenplay of the Capra-esque comedy hit Dave.  Ross received his second Academy Award & WGA nominations for his original screenplay and won the esteemed Writer’s Guild Paul Selvin Award.

In 1998, Ross marked his directorial debut with the ambitious and critically acclaimed Pleasantville.  A social comedy with equal parts heart and mind, Pleasantville tells the story of two teens (played by Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) who are transported to the black-and-white world of a 1950s television show.

Throughout Ross’ career, he has been active in local and national politics, as well as in social issues. He is a member of the Directors Guild Task Force on Social Responsibility; supports the inner-city organization Para Los Niños, which provides relief for families in poverty; and serves on the board of directors of numerous organizations
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