Brett D. Morgen (born October 11, 1968) is an American documentary film director, producer, writer, and editor. Morgen was born in Los Angeles, California in 1968. He was named after USC football lineman Britt Williams, who was team captain in 1961, but his parents misspelled the name. He was raised in Studio City, California. According to Morgen, he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker at a young age.
Brett D. Morgen
October 11, 1968
|Residence||Rockaway, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
Morgen made Ollie's Army while a student at New York University. The film focuses on the exploits of the James Madison University college Republicans during Oliver North's senatorial campaign of 1994.
On the Ropes was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 for Best Documentary. The boxing documentary was directed by Morgen and Nanette Burstein, and examined the lives of three aspiring prizefighters and their coach. Although it did not win an Academy Award, the film did win a number of awards, including Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary by the Directors Guild of America.
The Kid Stays in the Picture is a documentary biopic about film producer Robert Evans, focusing on his major hits, like The Godfather, and his tumultuous personal life. Once again, Morgen teamed with Nanette Burstein.
Chicago 10 is a film about the Chicago Eight. The film uses animation and celebrity voice-overs from Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, James Urbaniak, and Jeffrey Wright.
June 17th, 1994 aired on ESPN as an episode of 30 for 30 and featured on-air commentary by Morgen. It was the only 30 for 30 episode to date that included no interviews or voice-overs, consisting solely of the actual TV footage on June 17, 1994. This was the date of the O.J. Simpson slow-moving police chase, and the other important sports stories of that day that were mostly ignored, due to the American public's fascination with Simpson.
- Ollie's Army (1996)
- On the Ropes (1999) (Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature nomination)
- The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
- The Sweet Science (2003)
- Chicago 10 (2007)
- Truth in Motion (2010)
- June 17th, 1994 (2010) (30 for 30)
- Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
- Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) (Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program nomination)
- Jane (2017) (Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program winner) 
- On Tour (1997)
- Say It Loud (2001)
- "Nimrod Nation" (2007) Won Peabody Award (2008)
- Marvel's Runaways (2017)
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2018||Jane||American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature||Won|
|2018||Jane||BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary||Nominated |
|2018||Jane||Cinema Eye Audience Choice Award||Won |
|2018||Jane||Copenhagen International Documentary Festival Politiken's Audience Award||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||Gold Derby Award for Best Documentary Feature||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||International Online Cinema Award for Best Documentary||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||OFTA Best Documentary Picture||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming||Won |
|2018||Jane||Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival WWF Award||Nominated|
|2018||Jane||Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay||Won|
|2017||Jane||Amsterdam International Film Festival Audience Favorite Award||Nominated|
|2017||Jane||Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Documentary Feature||Nominated|
|2017||Jane||BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award for Best Documentary||Won|
|2017||Jane||Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award||Nominated|
|2017||Jane||Philadelphia Film Festival Student Choice Award||Won|
|2016||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature||Nominated|
|2016||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Cinema Eye Audience Choice Award||Nominated|
|2016||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Cinema Eye Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing||Nominated|
|2016||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Seattle Film Critics Award||Nominated|
|2016||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay||Nominated|
|2015||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Ashland Independent Film Award for Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary||Won|
|2015||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||International Documentary Association Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing||Won|
|2015||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming||Nominated|
|2015||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming||Nominated|
|2015||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special||Nominated|
|2015||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck||Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming||Nominated|
|2013||Crossfire Hurricane||FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage in a Production Featuring Music||Won|
|2009||Chicago 10||Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay||Nominated|
|2008||Chicago 10||Cinema Eye Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production||Nominated|
|2008||Chicago 10||SLFCA Award Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|2007||Chicago 10||Silver Hugo Award for Best Documentary Feature||Won|
|2003||The Kid Stays in the Picture||International Online Cinema Award for Best Documentary||Nominated|
|2003||The Kid Stays in the Picture||OFTA Film Award||Nominated|
|2000||On the Ropes||Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature||Nominated |
|2000||On the Ropes||Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary||Won|
|2000||On the Ropes||Film Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award||Nominated|
|1999||On the Ropes||International Documentary Association Award for Best Documentary Feature||Won|
|1999||On the Ropes||Silver Spire Award for Film & Video - Society and Culture||Won|
|1999||On the Ropes||Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Documentary||Won|
|1999||On the Ropes||Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentary||Nominated|
|1999||On the Ropes||Taos Talking Picture Festival Land Grant Award||Nominated|
|1999||On the Ropes||Urbanworld Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Documentary||Won|
|1996||Ollie's Army||UFVA Film Festival First Prize||Won|
- "Brett D Morgen, Born 10/11/1968 in Los Angeles County, California". The California Birth Index. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
- Brett Morgen: The Making of ‘Montage of Heck’s Mad Scientist-Uproxx
- Director’s Suite New York Times, November 13, 2009
- "Movie Reviews". nytimes.com. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
- Cinema Texas Austin Chronicle September 27, 1996
- Ollie's Army (1996) - Overview - TCM.com
- "On the Ropes". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
- "The Kid Stays in the Picture". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
- "Chicago 10". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
- "June 17th, 1994". Retrieved 26 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
- 2018 Creative Arts Emmys: Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program-Television Academy
- 2018 Film Documentary-BAFTA Awards
- 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards: The Complete List of Winners
- Brett Morgen wins the 2018 Writers Guild Documentary Screenplay Award for Jane-WGA West
- Documentary Winners: 2000 Oscars
- CNN - Winners at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival - February 1, 1999
- Jane - Awards - IMDb
- Cobain: Montage of Heck - Awards - IMDb
- Chicago 10 - Awards - IMDb
- The Kid Stays in the Picture - Awards - IMDb
- On The Ropes (1999) - IMDb