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Best known for 2002’s City of God, a colorfully gritty depiction of organized crime in the favelas of Rio. The movie was a sensation in its home country and in the United States, receiving four Oscar nominations including Best Director. In 2005, he successfully transitioned into English-language films with The Constant Gardener, which garnered an Oscar for Rachel Weisz’s performance. —Joe McGovern
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