Who is Paul Thomas Anderson?
Paul Thomas Anderson was born on June 26th, 1970. He is sometimes referred to by his initials PTA. He is an American filmmaker. In 1993, he wrote and directed a short film, 'Cigarettes & Coffee', on a show-string budget of $20,000. Anderson is an alumnus of the Sundance Institute, Anderson had made a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first feature film, the 1996 neo-noir crime thriller 'Hard Eight'.
Anderson received critical success for his film 'Boogie Nights' (1997). In 2002, the romantic comedy-drama 'Punch-Drunk Love', was released to generally favorable reviews.
The epic drama 'There Will Be Blood' (2007), revolved around an oil prospector's efforts to capitalize on the Southern California oil boom. Released after his five year absence, it received wide acclaim from critics. Anderson's next film, the drama The Master (2012), was released to critical acclaim. He next came up with Junun, which is a documentary about the making of an album of the same name. Anderson's movie, 'Phantom Thread', is set in London and was released in 2017.
Anderson has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and 25 Academy Award nominations, and has three wins for cast and crew. 'There Will Be Blood' has been named by several critics as the best film of the 2000s and it later ranked, along with movies, 'The Master' and 'Inherent Vice', in the BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.
Anderson studied at the Santa Monica College before studying at Emerson College.
With $20,000, Anderson made Cigarettes & Coffee (1993), a short film connecting multiple story lines with a twenty-dollar bill. The film was screened at the 1993 Sundance Festival Shorts Program.
Anderson dated singer Fiona Apple during the late 1990s and early 2000s. After that, he has been in a relationship with actress and comedian Maya Rudolph since 2001. They live together in the San Fernando Valley with their three daughters Pearl Minnie, Lucille and Minnie Ida and son Jack.
Career in movies
At the Sundance Feature Film Program, Anderson already made a deal with Rysher Entertainment to let him direct his first full-length feature, 'Sydney', re-titled 'Hard Eight' in 1996. Anderson submitted the film to the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it was accepted and later screened in the Un Certain Regard section.
The film garnered critical acclaim and was also the launch of his career. Anderson soon began working on the script for his next feature film during his troubles with' Hard Eight' and came out with his breakout film, Boogie Nights (1997), which is based on his short film 'The Dirk Diggler Story' and is set in the Golden Age of Porn. At the 70th Academy Awards ceremony, this film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds), Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore) and Best Original Screenplay.
His next film was the ensemble piece Magnolia (1999), which tells the story of the peculiar interaction of several individuals in the San Fernando Valley. At the 72nd Academy Awards, Magnolia too received three nominations, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Cruise), Best Original Song for "Save Me" by Aimee Mann and Best Original Screenplay.
The next feature was the romantic comedy-drama film 'Punch-Drunk Love' (2002), starring Sandler, with Emily Watson portraying his love interest. At the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Anderson won the Best Director Award.
In December 2009, Anderson was working on a new script called 'The Master', about a "charismatic intellectual" who starts a new religion in the 1950s. The Master was released on September 14, 2012 by The Weinstein Company in the United States and Canada to critical acclaim. The Master received three nominations at the 85th Academy Awards.
Next, his production, 'Inherent Vice' began in May 2013 and ended in August of the same year. In the film, Anderson worked with Phoenix for a second time. 'Inherent Vice' received two nominations at the 87th Academy Awards, Anderson for Best Adapted Screenplay and Mark Bridges for Best Costume Design.
In 2015, Anderson directed 'Junun' which was a 54-minute documentary about the making of the album of the same name by Jonny Greenwood. Most of the performances were filmed at the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
'Phantom Thread', set during the London fashion industry in 1954, was released in late 2017.
In 2000, Anderson wrote and directed a segment for 'Saturday Night Live with Ben Affleck' titled, "SNL FANatic", based on the MTV series Fanatic.
Throughout his career, Anderson has also directed several music videos, mostly for artists who he has also collaborated on films with, including Fiona Apple, Radiohead, HAIM, Joanna Newsom, Aimee Mann, Jon Brion, and Michael Penn.
He has cited Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Max Ophüls and Robert Downey, Sr., as his main influences.
Paul Thomas Anderson was awarded Best Director award for his film, Phantom Thread at Oscar 2018. The film also got the Best Picture award at Oscar 2018.
Net worth of the actor
Paul Thomas Anderson has a net worth of $70 million dollars.