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DOB: October 23, 1954
Background: Lee was born in Chaochou in Pingtung, a southern agricultural county in Taiwan. He was raised with an emphasis on education, art, and culture. He graduated from the National Arts School in 1975, and it was there he developed an interest in filmmaking. After mandatory military service, he went to the US and studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a classmate of Spike Lee.
Filmography: His films include "The Wedding Banquet" (1993), "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), "The Ice Storm" (1997), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "The Hulk" (2003), "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), and "Lust, Caution" (2007). His latest film is "Life of Pi" (2012), based on the popular fantasy novel of the same name.
Academy Awards: Wins - Best Director ("Life of Pi," 2012); Best Director ("Brokeback Mountain," 2005); Best Foreign Language Film ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," 2000)
Best Picture Nominations
"Life of Pi" (2012); lost to "Argo"
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000); lost to "Gladiator"
Best Director Nomination
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000); lost to Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic")
Golden Globes: Wins - Best Film Director ("Brokeback Mountain," 2006); Best Film Director ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," 2001)
Best Film Drama Nomination
"Life of Pi" (2013); lost to "Argo"
Best Film Director Nominations
"Life of Pi" (2013); lost to Ben Affleck ("Argo")
"Sense and Sensibility" (1996); lost to Mel Gibson ("Braveheart")
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