Maryland native Spike Jonze wins Oscar for best original screenplay

Maryland native Spike Jonze has won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for Her.

Jonze wrote and directed the movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with an operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

The award is Jonze’s first win at the Academy Awards. Her was also nominated for best picture and best original song.

Jonze was previously nominated for best director in 2000 for Being John Malkovich.

Other nominees for best original screenplay included Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for American Hustle, Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for Dallas Buyers Club, and Bob Nelson for Nebraska. 

Jonze, born Adam Spiegel in Rockville, grew up in Bethesda and attended the Field School and Walt Whitman High School before moving to Los Angeles at 17.

Jonze spent his teen years in Maryland at skateboarding and BMX competitions, plus punk rock shows at the Wilson Center, all of which inspired his early career. It’s a long way from the utopian Los Angeles he created in Her, but it’s a start in the Old Line State. 

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