Jean-Marc Vallée has died out of the blue at age 58. The Canadian author, director, editor and producer gained Emmy Awards and a DGA Award for Big Little Lies, and was Oscar nominated for steering Dallas Buyers Club, the movie that gained Oscars for each Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. I’m nonetheless gathering particulars, however can expose that he handed away at his cabin exterior Quebec City, and that his household and shut advisors are in shock.
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Vallée started making brief movies and shortly moved into options together with his 1995 debut Black List, and his breakthrough got here with C.R.A.Z.Y., which gained 4 (*58*) Awards in Canada, together with Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Vallée. After directing The Young Victoria and Cafe de Flore, Vallée actually hit his stride with Dallas Buyers Club. Based on the true life story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was identified with AIDS and given a month to stay. The scrappy Woodroof smuggled various drugs and medicines that weren’t authorized within the U.S., to assist himself and others affected by AIDS an opportunity to extend their lives. This was a worthy venture that stalled earlier than Vallée dedicated. Released in 2013 with McConaughey, Leto and Jennifer Garner starring, the movie turned a important darling. Both McConaughey and Leto gained Golden Globe Awards, and so they repeated these wins on the Oscars, the place the movie was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, with Vallée additionally receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing underneath his alias, John Mac McMurphy.
He adopted with an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, which starred Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. The movie was nominated for 3 Oscars.
Then, Vallée turned his consideration to longform tv sequence, and the outcomes had been seminal.
In 2017 Vallée acquired the DGA Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for the HBO Limited Series Big Little Lies, which he additionally government produced. In complete the sequence gained eight Emmys and 4 Golden Globes. He additionally directed and government produced the HBO restricted sequence Sharp Objects, which was nominated for eight Emmys.
Said producing accomplice Nathan Ross, “Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things differently. He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy. Everyone who worked with him couldn’t help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, creative partner and an older brother to me. The maestro will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on.”
Vallée is survived by his sons, Alex and Emilé, and siblings Marie-Josée Vallée, Stéphane Tousignant and Gérald Vallée.