'American Beauty' was the film directorial debut for British theatre director Sam Mendes. Originally from Reading, England, his production of 'Cabaret' caught the eye of writer Alan Ball who was determined to acquire Mendes for the director's role. Mendes went on to win the Best Director Oscar for his efforts. He has since directed such films as 'Road to Perdition' (2002) and 'Revolutionary Road' (2008), starring his wife, Kate Winslet.
What was the last movie to win best picture best director best actor and best screenplay in the same year?
The distinguished director Norman Jewison, who was born in Toronto, collaborated with Denzel Washington on the 1999 drama "The Hurricane," the story of the incarcerated former middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Washington was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Carter, but the award went to Kevin Spacey for his performance in "American Beauty."