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James Cameron

James Cameron
James Cameron by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cameron in July 2016
Born James Francis Cameron
(1954-08-16) August 16, 1954 (age 62)
Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
Residence Malibu, California, U.S.
Wairarapa, New Zealand
Education Brea Olinda High School
Alma mater Fullerton College
California State University, Fullerton
Occupation Filmmaker, environmentalist, explorer, philanthropist
Years active 1975–present
Net worth Increase US$1.79 billion (2016)
Spouse(s) Sharon Williams (m. 1978–84)
Gale Anne Hurd (m. 1985–89)
Kathryn Bigelow (m. 1989–91)
Linda Hamilton (m. 1997–99)
Suzy Amis (m. 2000)
Children 4
Awards See below

James Francis "Jim"Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator (1984). He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens (1986); three years later he followed up with The Abyss (1989).

He found further critical acclaim for his use of special effects in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). After his film True Lies (1994) Cameron took on his biggest film at the time, Titanic (1997), which earned him Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing.

After Titanic, Cameron began a project that took almost 10 years to make: his science-fiction epic Avatar (2009), which was in particular a landmark for 3D technology, and for which he received nominations for the same three Academy Awards. Despite Avatar being his only movie to make in 3D, Cameron is the most successful 3D film-maker in terms of box-office revenue. In the time between making Titanic and Avatar, Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films (specifically underwater documentaries) and co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System. Described by a biographer as part scientist and part artist, Cameron has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. On March 26, 2012, Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, in the Deepsea Challenger submersible. He is the first person to do this in a solo descent, and is only the third person to do so ever.


Year Film Role Notes
1984 The Terminator Director, Writer Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival – Grand Prize
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Saturn Award for Best Writing
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Director
1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II Writer Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay
1986 Aliens Director, Writer Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Saturn Award for Best Director
Saturn Award for Best Writing
Kinema Junpo Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated — Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film
Nominated — DVD Exclusive Award for Best Audio Commentary
1989 The Abyss Director, Writer Saturn Award for Best Director
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Writing
Nominated — Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Director, Writer and Producer MTV Movie Award for Best Movie
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Saturn Award for Best Director
Mainichi Film Concour Award for Best Foreign Language Film
People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Writing
Nominated — Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film
1994 True Lies Director, Writer and Producer Saturn Award for Best Director
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
Nominated — Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film
1997 Titanic Director, Writer, Producer and Editor Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Director
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Empire Award for Best Film
Amanda Award for Best Foreign Feature Film
Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film
Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Producers Guild of America Award for Motion Picture Producer of the Year
MTV Movie Award for Best Movie
Hochi Film Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film
Mexican Cinema Journalists – Best Foreign Film
International Monitor Award for Theatrical Releases – Color Correction
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie
Mainichi Film Award for Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review Spotlight Award – For the use of special effects technology
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Director
People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture
People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Film
Satellite Award for Best Director
Saturn Award for Best Action or Adventure Film
2003 Ghosts of the Abyss Director and Producer Nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Documentary
2009 Avatar Director, Writer, Producer and Editor Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Empire Award for Best Film
Empire Award for Best Director
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Action Movie
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film
Lumière Award for Live Action 3-D Feature [Film]
Youthfulness Award for Favourite Flick
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Film
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Lucky Brand Modern Master Award
PETA's Proggy Award for Outstanding Feature Film
Environmental Media Award for Feature Film
Saturn Award – Visionary Award
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Saturn Award for Best Director
Saturn Award for Best Writing
Scream Award for 3-D Top Three
Scream Award for Best Director
Teen Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi Movie
People's Choice Award for Favorite 3-D Live Action Movie
People's Choice Award for Favorite 3-D Animated Movie
Cinema of Brazil – Best Foreign Language Film
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Best 3-D Film Director
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated — Producers Guild of America Award for Motion Picture Producer of the Year
Actor Xenogenesis
(1978)
Piranha II: The Spawning
(1981)
The Terminator
(1984)
Aliens
(1986)
The Abyss
(1989)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
(1991)
True Lies
(1994)
Titanic
(1997)
Expedition: Bismarck
(2002)
Ghosts of the Abyss
(2003)
Avatar
(2009)
Total
Bill Paxton YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY 5
William Wisher, Jr.1 YesY YesY YesY YesY 4
Lance Henriksen YesY YesY YesY YesY 4
Michael Biehn YesY YesY YesY YesY2 4
Arnold Schwarzenegger YesY YesY YesY 3
Jenette Goldstein YesY YesY YesY 3
Linda Hamilton YesY YesY 2
Earl Boen YesY YesY 2
Sigourney Weaver YesY YesY 2
Year Title Writer Studio
1981 Piranha II: The Spawning James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis and Charles H. Eglee Columbia Pictures
1984 The Terminator James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd Orion Pictures
1986 Aliens James Cameron, David Giler and Walter Hill 20th Century Fox
1989 The Abyss James Cameron
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day James Cameron and William Wisher TriStar Pictures
1994 True Lies James Cameron and Randall Frakes 20th Century Fox
Universal Studios
1997 Titanic James Cameron Paramount Pictures
20th Century Fox
2009 Avatar 20th Century Fox
Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore Budget Box office
Piranha II: The Spawning 7% (15 reviews) N/A N/A $145,786 N/A
The Terminator 100% (56 reviews) 83 (11 reviews) N/A $6,400,000 $78,371,200
Aliens 98% (62 reviews) 87 (9 reviews) A $17,000,000 $131,060,248
The Abyss 89% (44 reviews) 62 (14 reviews) A $70,000,000 $90,000,098
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 93% (67 reviews) 75 (22 reviews) A+ $94,000,000 $519,843,345
True Lies 72% (47 reviews) 63 (17 reviews) A $115,000,000 $378,882,411
Titanic 88% (178 reviews) 74 (34 reviews) A+ $200,000,000 $2,186,772,302
Ghosts of the Abyss 80% (100 reviews) 67 (24 reviews) N/A $13,000,000 $28,780,668
Aliens of the Deep 84% (61 reviews) 71 (18 reviews) N/A $12,770,637
Avatar 83% (293 reviews) 83 (35 reviews) A $237,000,000 $2,787,965,087

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