|A. O. Scott|
Scott in 2016
|Born||Anthony Oliver Scott
July 10, 1966
Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Occupation||Journalist, film critic|
|Parent(s)||Joan Wallach Scott
|Relatives||Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson|
Scott was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. Both of his parents were professors. His mother, Joan Wallach Scott, is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. His father, Donald Scott, is a professor of American history at The City University of New York (CUNY). He is a great nephew of the married acting couple Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson (his maternal grandfather was Eli's brother). Scott is Jewish on his mother's side. Scott attended public schools in Providence, Rhode Island, including Classical High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1988 with a degree in literature.
Scott began his career at The New York Review of Books, where he served as an assistant to Robert B. Silvers. He then served as book critic for Newsday, and also as a contributor to The New York Review of Books and Slate magazine.
He joined The New York Times' Arts section in January 2000, following Janet Maslin's retirement from film criticism. (Maslin continues to review genre fiction for the paper.) In 2004 he became chief critic, following Elvis Mitchell's resignation. He and the other film critics at the Times host a video podcast on the subject of film, called Critics' Picks.
Scott is particularly fond of the work of Mary McCarthy, calling her novel The Group one of the greatest of the 20th century. He contributed a foreword to her collection A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays.
In 2006 and 2007, Scott served repeatedly as guest critic on Ebert & Roeper with Richard Roeper in Roger Ebert's absence due to illness. He and Roeper counted down their selections for the top ten films of 2006 and again for 2007. Although Scott did not appear on the show for most of 2008, he continued to release his own list through The New York Times. On October 24, 2009, Scott began counting down his "Best of the Decade" list on At the Movies.
On August 5, 2009 it was announced that Scott, along with Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips, would take over hosting duties on At the Movies from Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz who would no longer be involved in the show. Scott and Phillips began their duties when the show started its new season on September 5, 2009, but ratings were low and the show aired for only one season.
Below are Scott's top ten lists as published in The New York Times (more than one entry with the same ranking indicates a tie). In addition, there is his "Best of the Decade" list from At the Movies. In 2011, along with Manohla Dargis, he published a list with 20 movies and in alphabetical order.
|1||Letters from Iwo Jima||4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days||WALL-E||Where the Wild Things Are||WALL-E||Inside Job||Amour||Inside Llewyn Davis||Boyhood||Timbuktu||Moonlight|
|2||Pan's Labyrinth||Ratatouille||Silent Light||The Hurt Locker, In the Loop||A.I.: Artificial Intelligence||Toy Story 3||Lincoln||12 Years a Slave||Ida||Inside Out||O.J.: Made in America|
|3||L'Enfant||Sweeney Todd, There Will Be Blood||The Secret of the Grain||Summer Hours, Of Time and the City||Brokeback Mountain||Carlos||Beasts of the Southern Wild||Blue Is the Warmest Colour||Citizenfour||Spotlight, The Big Short||Toni Erdmann|
|4||Days of Glory||I'm Not There||Man on Wire||Up in the Air, Funny People||The Pianist||Somewhere||Footnote||Enough Said||Leviathan||Heart of a Dog||Cameraperson|
|5||Little Miss Sunshine||No End in Sight, Terror's Advocate||The Edge of Heaven||Bright Star, Medicine for Melancholy||Where the Wild Things Are||The Kids Are All Right||The Master||A Touch of Sin||Selma||Carol, Anomalisa||Aferim!|
|6||Three Times||12:08 East of Bucharest, Live-In Maid||Happy-Go-Lucky||Precious, Coraline||The Best of Youth||Greenberg||Zero Dark Thirty||All Is Lost||Love Is Strange||Taxi||American Honey|
|7||51 Birch Street||Into the Wild, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly||Wendy and Lucy||Avatar, District 9||4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days||127 Hours||Django Unchained||Frances Ha||We Are the Best!||Out 1||Aquarius|
|8||Volver||The Lives of Others, Michael Clayton||Milk||A Serious Man, Anvil! The Story of Anvil||Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind||Last Train Home||Goodbye First Love||Hannah Arendt||Mr. Turner||Mad Max: Fury Road||Sausage Party|
|9||Little Children||The Savages, Away from Her||Rachel Getting Married||Goodbye Solo, Sugar||25th Hour||Secret Sunshine||Neighbouring Sounds||Lee Daniels' The Butler||Dear White People||Creed||A Bigger Splash|
|10||A Prairie Home Companion||Knocked Up, Juno, Superbad||Cadillac Records||Gomorrah, The Baader Meinhof Complex||Million Dollar Baby||Exit Through the Gift Shop||The Grey||The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Bling Ring, Spring Breakers, Pain and Gain, American Hustle||The Babadook||Results, Welcome to Me||Elle, Things to Come|
He has a son named Ezra and a daughter named Carmen.
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