Julian Schnabel (born October 26, 1951) is an American painter and filmmaker. In the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his "plate paintings" — large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates. Since the 1990s, he has been a proponent of independent arthouse cinema. Schnabel directed Before Night Falls, which became Javier Bardem's breakthrough Academy Award-nominated role, and The Diving Bell and the butterfly, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. For the latter, he won the Cannes film Festival Award for Best director and the Golden Globe Award for Best director, as well as receiving nominations for the Academy Award for Best director and the César Award for Best director.