Sam Mendes
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"Sir Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes", Commander of the Order of the British Empire/CBE is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing the comedy-drama film American Beauty (1999 film)/American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy Award for Best Director/Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), and the James Bond in film/James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015 film)/Spectre (2015). He also is known for dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (musical)/Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (musical)/Company (1996), and Gypsy: A Musical Fable/Gypsy (2003). He directed an original stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013).

In 2000, Mendes was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to drama" and in the same year was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S./Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, Germany. In 2005, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain.

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