Oscar-nominated director Jean-Marc Vallée dies aged 58 6 months ago

Oscar-nominated director Jean-Marc Vallée dies aged 58

He had worked with the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, best known for his work on Big Little Lies and Dallas Buyers Club, has died at the age of 58.

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Vallée passed away suddenly in his cabin outside Quebec City in Canada over the weekend, his representative Bumble Ward said.

His family and close advisors are in shock, Deadline reports.

After directing The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt in 2009, the filmmaker shot to fame for helming the acclaimed 2013 drama Dallas Buyers Club.

The film starred Matthew McConaughey as a rodeo cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in the mid-1980s and was nominated for six Oscars, including for Best Picture, with McConaughey winning in the Best Actor category.

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Later in his career, Vallée moved into television, and once again received critical acclaim for directing the first season of the hit HBO series Big Little Lies, for which he was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Directing.

The series, which featured Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, won a total of eight Emmys and four Golden Globes.

Vallée also directed the drama films Demolition and Wild and all of the HBO series Sharp Objects, the latter starring Amy Adams.

"Jean-Marc Vallée was a brilliant, fiercely dedicated filmmaker, a truly phenomenal talent who infused every scene with a deeply visceral, emotional truth," HBO said in a statement.

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"He was also a hugely caring man who invested his whole self alongside every actor he directed.

"We are shocked at the news of his sudden death, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his sons, Alex and Émile, his extended family, and his longtime producing partner, Nathan Ross."