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Tony Gilroy

2018 Distinguished Screenwriter Award Recipient
Tony Gilroy made his feature film directorial debut with Michael Clayton, which earned seven Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Picture. The film garnered him Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, as well as Directors Guild and Writers Guild award nominations. The writer/director/producer then followed Michael Clayton with his second directorial effort based on his own screenplay, the critically acclaimed thriller Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. A veteran screenwriter, Gilroy also spent seven years working on the first three Bourne films: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. In 2012, Gilroy co-wrote and directed the fourth installment of the series, TheBourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton.

Gilroy also served as a consulting producer on Netflix’s hit series House of Cards during the show’s third and fourth seasons. Most recently, he co-wrote the screenplay for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and produced and wrote the screenplay for the political thriller Beirut, starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

Gilroy has written three screenplays for director Taylor Hackford: Dolores Claiborne, based on the novel by Stephen King and starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh; The Devil’s Advocate, starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino and Charlize Theron; and Proof of Life, starring Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan, which Gilroy also executive produced. Gilroy also co-wrote the screenplays for Universal Pictures’ State of Play, starring Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck and Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon.

Gilroy’s additional writing credits include Michael Bay’s blockbuster Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Billy Bob Thornton; Michael Apted’s Extreme Measures, starring Gene Hackman, Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker; and The Cutting Edge, starring D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly.

Raised in upstate New York, Gilroy is the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and filmmaker Frank D. Gilroy. His brother Dan Gilroy is a screenwriter who co-wrote the screenplay for The Bourne Legacy, and his brother John Gilroy is a film editor who also worked on Michael Clayton, Duplicity, and The Bourne Legacy. The Gilroy brothers also collaborated on the 2014 hit thriller Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed, on which Gilroy served as a producer.