Tamara Jenkins

Nominated for Best Screenplay


Writer: Private Life


The moving new comedy from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), Private Life is a bracingly funny and often emotional examination of the unpredictability of modern marriage. Desperate to start a family, Manhattan-based writer Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) finds herself descending deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption with her loving husband Richard (Academy Award®-nominee Paul Giamatti). Just as the two feel they are at the end of their middle-aged rope, an unexpected surprise in the form of college dropout Sadie (Kayli Carter) enters their lives and opens their world to new possibilities.


Tamara Jenkins is the writer/director of The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills, and several award-winning short films. The Savages premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and it received two Academy Award nominations (Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay), the Best Screenplay award from both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and many other honors. Jenkins lives in NYC with her husband and daughter.