Previously known primarily for his acting (The Wire) Tom McCarthy burst onto the filmmaking scene in 2003 as writer/director of his debut feature, The Station Agent, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the Audience Award and the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Additional recognition included BAFTA Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and Writers Guild Awards, among others. His next feature The Visitor premiered in 2007 to similar acclaim, winning the award for Best Screenplay from the San Diego Film Critics Society, the Satellite Award for Best Screenplay and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Direction.
After receiving an Oscar nomination in 2009 for his shared story credit on the hit animated feature Up, McCarthy went on to write and direct the 2011 dramedy Win Win, which won the 2011 Humanitas Prize for film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way. McCarthy wrote the screenplay for the 2014 film Million Dollar Arm, starring John Hamm, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, and BIll Paxton. His most recent film, Spotlight, which he wrote and directed, stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Live Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup won Best Screenplay & Best Picture at the 2016 Oscars.
Tom McCarthy recently directed his first commercial, Duracell “Squeeze Me”.
In addition to his writing and directing, McCarthy continues his career as an actor with credits in such films as Flags of Our Fathers, Syriana, All the King’s Men, Duplicity and The Lovely Bones.
McCarthy has an ongoing overhead, development and production deal with Odd Lot Entertainment.
- 02/29/2016 ‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Picture in Politically Charged Oscar Ceremony
- 01/20/2016 Tom McCarthey & Emmanuel Lubezki nominated in the 2016 Oscars
- 12/18/2015 Tom McCarthy Interview in SHOOT "Road to the Oscars" Series
- 12/11/2015 Tom McCarthy's Spotlight nominated for a three Golden Globes
- 11/09/2015 Spotlight Review in Rolling Stone