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David O. Russell to Deliver BAFTA’s David Lean Lecture

Director-writer David O. Russell will deliver the annual David Lean Lecture, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ prestigious film talk, on Dec. 19 at its London headquarters.

Pippa Harris, chair of the BAFTA film committee, described Russell as “a passionate and inspirational filmmaker.” She added that his “ability to coax extraordinary performances from his cast is truly exceptional, as is the range, wit, originality and sheer brilliance of the films he makes.”

The lecture aims to “inspire and inform practitioners and the public, by providing an insight into the experiences and outstanding creative achievements of some of the world’s most compelling filmmakers.” Previous speakers include Robert Altman, Paul Greengrass, David Lynch, Lone Scherfig, Oliver Stone and Peter Weir.

Russell is a two-time BAFTA winner and five-time Oscar nominee. Films directed by him have gained 16 BAFTA nominations, including two each for actors Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, who went on to win for her role in “American Hustle.” Russell’s credits also include “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Fighter” and “I Heart Huckabees.”

Russell’s next film, “Joy,” is a biographical comedy-drama that focuses on the story of inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano. It stars Lawrence.

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