BO GOLDMAN (Screenwriter) is a two time Academy Award® winner, having been honored with Oscars® for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Melvin and Howard. Goldman's Melvin and Howard and Cuckoos Nest screenplays were also honored with Writers Guild Awards, and Cuckoo's Nest was awarded a Golden Globe. His screenplay for Martin Brest's Scent of a Woman was nominated for an Academy Award® and won a Golden Globe.
Born one of five children to a once-wealthy retailer who lost his fortune in the Great Depression, Goldman served in the Army for several years after graduating from Exeter and Princeton. He worked as an associate producer and script editor on the prestigious Playhouse 90 for CBS, wrote lyrics for a musical based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions, and worked for a decade on a musical about the Civil War that never came to fruition.
After working for PBS producing plays for Theater in America, Goldman wrote a screenplay for the film Shoot the Moon. The movie would not be produced for more than a decade but director Milos Forman, impressed with his work, suggested he try his hand at adapting Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with Lawrence Hauben, which Forman would direct.
Following that success, Goldman wrote a vehicle for Bette Midler, The Rose, followed by his original screenplay Melvin and Howard, filmed by Jonathan Demme. In 1990, he was a special consultant for Warren Beatty's film Dick Tracy. Goldman's other screenplays are Swing Shift, Little Nikita, Scent of A Woman and City Hall.
Earlier this year, the Writers Guild of America honored Goldman with the coveted Screen Laurel Award, the guilds highest award for screenwriting given in recognition of a writers body of work.
Goldman is currently working with director Tony Goldwyn developing a film for Universal Pictures entitled Imagining Nathan.