Norman Jewison

Norman Jewison

Founder and Chair Emeritus


Norman Jewison is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed filmmaker who produced and directed some of the world’s most memorable, entertaining and socially important films, exploring controversial and complicated subjects and giving them a universal accessibility. Some of his most well-known works include the sharp pre-glasnost political satire The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, the original and iconic The Thomas Crown Affair, the sultry mystery and racially provocative In The Heat of the Night (winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture), the first rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, the futuristic cult hit Rollerball, hit musical comedy-drama Fiddler on the Roof, the romantic comedy and multiple Academy Award-winner Moonstruck, courtroom drama ...And Justice For All, military drama A Soldier’s Story, the labour movement picture F.I.S.T., the masterfully told story of Reuben 'Hurricane' Carter The Hurricane, as well as The Statement, In Country and Agnes of God, among many others.

Jewison’s films have received 46 nominations and won 12 Academy Awards, and he was personally awarded three Emmy Awards, was nominated for four Oscars and received the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award at the Academy Awards in 1999. In Canada, his life’s work has been recognized with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and a Companion to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. Jewison also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of Canada (2002) and the Directors Guild of America (2010), an honourary degree from the American Film Institute (2008), and the Golden Eddie Award from the American Cinema Editors (2008), among many other awards and achievements.

A modern trailblazer in the development of film, Jewison is committed to advancing the art of storytelling and filmmaking and to investing in and inspiring Canadian talent, both through his groundbreaking films, and through his creation of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) in 1988. Now in its 29th year, the CFC has become an essential hub for ideas and innovation within the global screen-based entertainment industry.

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