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Tom Hooper

DOB: 1972

Background: Hooper was born in London, England. He became interested in drama through his English and drama teacher at Highgate School, who produced an annual school play. He decided to pursue directing at age 12 and made his first film at 13. He directed films throughout his teenage years before studying English at Oxford.

Filmography: His television work includes the HBO productions "Elizabeth I" (2005), "Longford" (2006), and "John Adams" (2008). His feature films include "Red Dust" (2004), "The Damned United" (2009), and "The King's Speech" (2010), the last of which won him the Oscar for Best Director. His latest film is an adaptation of the famous musical "Les Miserables" (2012), starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

Academy Awards: Win - Best Director ("The King's Speech," 2010)

Primetime Emmy Awards: Win - Best Movie/Mini Directing ("Elizabeth I," 2006)

Best Movie/Mini Directing nominations:
- "John Adams" (2008); lost to Jay Roach ("Recount")
- "Prime Suspect 6" (2004); lost to Mike Nichols ("Angels in America")

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