On Christmas Day last year, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Jean-Marc Vallee died unexpectedly with no known cause of death at the time. Limit Now he offers a final report from the coroner listing Vale’s cause of death as “a killer in short, a heart attack. In a statement, the director’s sons Alex and Emile Valle said: ‘Testimonials of friendship, appreciation, and respect for our father and his work continue to come from all over the world.” We are sincerely grateful and hope his creativity continues to provide inspiration and direction to people in the industry he has been passionate about.”
Some are best known for Vale’s work as a director for what he did on HBO. After I take them both out Big Little Lies And sharp objectsAnd Vallee’s executive produced and directed multiple episodes of both shows and won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series for Big Little Lies. His career wasn’t limited to the small screen, he was nominated for Best Editing at the Academy Awards for his movie Dallas Buyers Club. His credits included another feature film Little Victoria. starring Emily Blunt, Robert Friend, and Paul Bettany; Wildstarring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern; And DemolitionStarring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper.
“Jean-Marc championed creativity, originality and trying things differently,” production partner Nathan Ross said at the time of Valle’s death. “He was a true artist and a gracious and loving young man. Everyone who worked with him could not help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, creative partner, and older brother to me. The maestro will be sorely missed but comforts you from knowing his beautiful style and the moving work he shared with the world.”
“I’ll always remember you when the sun goes down. I chase the light. On a mountain in Oregon. On a beach in Monterey. I make sure we all have a little magic in this lifetime,” Big Little Lies And Wild Starring Reese Witherspoon Witherspoon at the time of Vale’s death, she posted a tribute to him on Instagram. “I love you, Jane Mark. Until we meet again.”
On Twitter, Matthew McConaughey, who won his only Academy Award for the movie Vallee he directed Dallas Buyers Clubwrote a post about the director as well, saying: “With his gentle hand and heart Jean-Marc was a true recipient – he did not romanticize life so much as he saw life as romantic – from struggle to pain to winks and whispers, love stories were everywhere in his eye.”
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