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American journalist and screenwriter. 82nd Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay

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Mark Boal is an American journalist and screenwriter. In the Valley of Elah, directed by Paul Haggis, was based on a 2004 article entitled Death and Dishonor that Boal wrote for Playboy magazine. The story was about the demise of Richard T. Davis, an Iraq War veteran who was murdered upon his return home in 2003. Mark Boal also wrote and was a producer on the 2009 Iraq war thriller about an elite Army EOD bomb squad, The Hurt Locker, with film director and business partner, Kathryn Bigelow. Boal has also contributed to The Village Voice and Rolling Stone Magazine. Mark Boal attended Oberlin College and graduated in 1995.

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 Oh my god. Wow, thank you Academy. You honor me and humble me with this. More than, more than you know. I was a reporter back from Iraq with the idea for a story about these men on the frontlines of an unpopular war. 
— Mark Boal in his Oscar acceptance speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Hurt Locker / March 07, 2010
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 I thought it might make a movie. The result wildly exceeded my expectations. And that is thanks to so many people. To Summit Entertainment. To our amazing cast and crew, and most of all to one extraordinary individual and visionary filmmaker. Kathryn Bigelow, this belongs to you. 
— Mark Boal in his Oscar acceptance speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Hurt Locker / March 07, 2010
 I would also like to thank and dedicate this to the troops, the 115,000 who are still in Iraq, the 120,000 in Afghanistan and the more than 30,000 wounded and 4,000 who have not made it home. And to my father, who didn't live to see this, but inspired me and got me up here. He passed away a month ago. He would've really liked this a lot. Thanks, dad. Thank you. 
— Mark Boal in his Oscar acceptance speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Hurt Locker / March 07, 2010
 Thank you so much. This has been such a dream. Beyond a dream for all of us who have lived for so long with this story. And, you know, we had this fantasy of making our film our way with the talent that we hoped to have. And hopefully, we would find a distributor and somebody might even like the movie. So to be standing here, this was really, truly, honestly never part of anything we even imagined in our wildest dreams. So thank you so much to each and every member of the Academy for really honoring us beyond anything we could've ever imagined. 
— Mark Boal in his acceptance speech for winning the Academy Award for Best Picture for The Hurt Locker / March 07, 2010
 Our fearless director. And also, we owe a deep debt of gratitude, by the way, to Summit Entertainment and Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger for distributing this film. And thank you, Mom. I forgot to thank you before. 
— Mark Boal in his acceptance speech for winning the Academy Award for Best Picture for The Hurt Locker / March 07, 2010


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