Edward Norton has acted in the films Primal Fear, Everyone Says I Love You, The People vs Larry Flynt, American History X, Rounders, Fight Club, Keeping the Faith, The Score, Death to Smoochy, Frida, Red Dragon, The 25th Hour, The Italian Job, Down in the Valley, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, The Painted Veil, The Incredible Hulk, Pride & Glory, Leaves of Grass, Stone, Moonrise Kingdom, The Bourne Legacy, Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman, Sausage Party and Collateral Beauty. Norton has been nominated for three Academy Awards, for Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman, and won a Golden Globe along with numerous other awards for his performances. In 2002 he won the Obie Award for his performance in the Signature Theater production of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This.
In 2015 two of his films were each nominated for 9 Academy Awards, including his nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Birdman, and each won 4, including Best Picture for Birdman. Upcoming projects include Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s next animated film.
He directed the filmKeeping the Faith and also produced Down in the Valley (Cannes Film Festival selection), The Painted Veil, Leaves of Grass, Thanks for Sharing and the documentaries By The People: The Election of Barack Obama and My Own Man , a Netflix Original documentary.
Norton also founded and runs Class 5 Films in partnership with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Stuart Blumberg and producer Bill Migliore. Class 5’s first two features,Down in the Valley (Cannes Film Festival) and The Painted Veil, were released in 2006. Class 5 more recently produced Leaves of Grass (written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson) and Blumberg’s directorial debut, “Thanks for Sharing”. The company is developing adaptations of “American Hippopotamus” and Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn for which Norton wrote the screenplay and will direct.
Class 5's documentary, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, was released by HBO in November 2009, and was nominated for 3 Emmy awards and won one. The company’s most recent documentary production “My Own Man”, by David Sampliner, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix.
Class 5’s other documentaries include: The Great Rivers Expedition, a film by Jim Norton, and Dirty Work, a film by David Sampliner that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel. Class 5 also collaborated with the Sea Studios Foundation on their highly acclaimed, multi-million dollar series about earth system sciences for National Geographic, Strange Days on Planet Earth, which Norton hosted and narrated, and which premiered on PBS in April 2008.