He is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004) which he himself directed. For Crash (2004), he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for Haggis’ direction.
In 2006, Haggis’ screenplays included the duo Clint Eastwood productions Flags of our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), the latter earning him his third screenplay Oscar nomination. He also helped pen Casino Royale (2006), which garnered considerable acclaim for reinvigorating the James Bond spy franchise.
In 2007, Haggis wrote, directed and produced In the Valley of Elah (2007), starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. Jones earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the film. He also directed The Next Three Days (2010) and Third Person (2014).
Director, teacher, actor and writer, is life member at the Actor’s Studio in New York and LA. He was a teacher at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, at the New York Film Academy and at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. He elaborated a personal method that he describes as a fusion between Stanislavskij, Strasberg and personal researches in psychology. Actor nominated for the Emmy Award, he is today a worldwide recognized teacher.