Curtis Hanson (director, executive producer) began his career as a journalist and screenwriter for "Never Cry Wolf," "White Dog" and "The Silent Partner" before directing "The Bedroom Window," "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and "The River Wild." Hanson helmed the celebrated crime drama "L.A. Confidential," which received nine Academy AwardŽ nominations, including three for Hanson, in the categories of Best Director and Best Picture, as well as Best Writing, for which he won the OscarŽ. The film also earned him two Golden Globe nominations, a PGA Award nomination, a DGA nomination and a WGA Award nomination. He also directed and produced "Lucky You," "In Her Shoes," "8 Mile" and "Wonder Boys." Hanson has served as chairman of the UCLA Film and Television Archive since 1999 and was the first recipient of the Film Preservation Award, bestowed by the Film Foundation and DGA in 2003. He is a member of the governing board of the Film Foundation and represented the directors' branch on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2010.