Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010

Neill Blomkamp

Age: 30
Occupation: Writer, filmmaker
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A first-time director no one knew, who made a film without stars about ugly aliens in a South African slum, beat out the likes of Spike Jonze and Tom Ford for a coveted Best Picture nomination at this year's Oscars. With District 9, Blomkamp molded a vision of socially-conscious sci-fi that established him as one of the most creative — and commercially-viable — filmmakers of his generation.