Donna Gigliotti

Associate Arts Professor

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Donna Gigliotti is one of only nine women to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. She received the 1998 Oscar® for producing SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Among its thirteen nominations, seven Oscars® were awarded the film, including Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench) and Best Original Screenplay (Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman). Gigliotti also received the 1999 Golden Globe® for Best Picture/Comedy and the 2000 British Academy Award (BAFTA) on behalf of the film.

In 2009, Gigliotti was nominated again for Best Picture for producing THE READER, directed by Stephen Daldry. The film was nominated for a total of five Academy Awards®, including Best Actress, which star, Kate Winslet, ultimately won. THE READER was also nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe® for Best Picture/Drama, the 2008 British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best Picture and the 2009 European Film Award.

Gigliotti’s third Best Picture/Academy Award nomination was granted in 2013 for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK directed by David O. Russell. The film received seven nominations and achieved a rare feat in Academy Award history. All four actors (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jackie Weaver) were nominated in their lead or supporting categories; Jennifer Lawrence ultimately won the Best Actress Academy Award. The film was also nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards and won in four categories including Best Picture. Additionally, four Golden Globe nominations were awarded to SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Gigliotti won the 2013 Best International Picture Award from the Australian Academy of Film.

Gigliotti’s fourth Best Picture/Academy Award nomination was granted in 2017 for HIDDEN FIGURES. The film recounts the story of three black women mathematicians whose work at NASA proved integral to the United States’ successful space program. It was a worldwide success, grossing an astonishing Two Hundred and Thirty Million dollars and it has inspired a national conversation about women and STEM.

Gigliotti currently serves as President of Tempesta Films, a film production company based in New York. Her recent credits include Cary Fukunaga’s BEASTS OF NO NATION starring Idris Elba and Rob Burnett’s REVISED FUNDAMENTALS starring Paul Rudd.

In 1985, Gigliotti was knighted to the rank of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, the European Film Academy and the Producer's Guild of America. Gigliotti is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.


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