Ang Lee Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

14th June 2013

Fact: Harry Potter filmmaker David Yates has taken over from Ang Lee to direct new Tv drama series Tyrant. The Life of Pi Oscar-winner quit the Fx network project, about an American family pulled into a Middle Eastern conflict, last month (May13).

24th April 2013

Fact: Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and director Ang Lee are among the stars who will sit on the jury panel at this year's (13) Cannes Film Festival. Moviemaker Steven Spielberg has already been unveiled as the jury president for the 2013 event in France next month (May13).

25th February 2013

Tweet: "Big Congrats To Ang Lee, My Classmate-NYU Grad Film Class Of 82'." Spike Lee congratulates his former classmate Ang Lee on the Oscars success of his movie Life Of Pi. The film picked up four prizes, including Lee's Best Director trophy, at the 85th annual ceremony in Los Angeles.

25th February 2013

Fact: Moviemaker Ang Lee had two big reasons to party on Sunday (24Feb13) - his Best Director Oscar win came on the same night as the Chinese New Year's wrap-up celebrations. He explained, "It is the official closing of the Chinese New Year - we celebrate for two weeks. It's a great celebration. This is a great night for me and for everybody who liked the movie, particularly in Asia... I wish them a happy new Year of the Snake."

15th November 2012

Fact: Life Of Pi star Suraj Sharma's mother staged a special blessing ceremony for her son and his director Ang Lee before filming began on the ambitious movie adaptation of Yann Martel's book. The Indian teenager admits his mum is very spiritual and wanted to shower the project with good fortune.

2nd September 2011

Quote: Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee is set to pitch the first ball at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, on 12 September (11) in celebration of Taiwanese night at the baseball ground, located in Queens, New York.

9th June 2011

Quote: "My son's performance was quite good. He is quite a serious actor but this is just a comedy." Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee is proud of his son Mason Lee's short role in The Hangover Part Ii.

12th March 2008

Fact: Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee and his screenwriting/producing partner James Schamus were honoured with a freedom of expression award on Tuesday (11Mar08) at the ShoWest convention for their contributions to the film industry.

1st March 2008

Fact: Director Ang Lee and producer James Schamus will be presented with the inaugural Freedom Of Expression award at the movie industry's ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas on 11 March (08) - for releasing LUST, CAUTION with the restrictive NC-17 rating in the U.S. last year (07). The pair refused to cut their film to secure an R rating; an NC-17 rating means nobody under the age of 17 is permitted into cinemas and potentially limits the film's box office success.

5th April 2006

Quote: "Get Ang Lee to do Brokeback Mountain with two lesbians and I'll be there." British actress Kelly Brook is serious about wanting to star in a potential Oscar winner.

21st March 2006

Quote: "The baby keeps staring at me... I said maybe she remembers I am the reason she came into existence." Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee believes he has a special connection with Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' baby MATILDA.

7th March 2006

Fact: The bosses of the tiny cinema in Tainan, Taiwan, where Oscar winner Ang Lee watched films as a kid, are paying tribute to the director by hoisting a giant poster of the film-maker over its entrance.

6th March 2006

Quote: "Is this about Ang Lee? I don't like that guy. I've seen him about a lot. I've caught him stealing at award ceremonies." Gracious George Clooney jokes after missing out on the Best Director award.

2nd March 2006

Fact: If Oscar favourite Ang Lee picks up a Best Director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain on Sunday (05MAR06) he'll become the first Asian filmmaker to claim the prize.

14th February 2006

Fact: <p>Director Ang Lee and fellow Oscar hopefuls Paul Giamatti and Rachel Weisz missed out on the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Hollywood yesterday (13FEB06) because they were left snowbound in New York City. </p>

2nd February 2006

Fact: <p>Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, HIDDEN DRAGON film-maker Ang Lee made Oscars history on Tuesday (31JAN06) when he became only the second director to be nominated for films in different languages. Chocolat director Lasse Halstrom has also been nominated twice, for movies in English and Swedish. </p>

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