Curtis believes the movie he watches the most is Rebel Without A Cause.
In 1997, Curtis won (in a tie with Boogie Nights) the Metro Media Award at the Toronto International Film Festival for L.A. Confidential.
Prior to his work in film, Curtis was a photographer and freelance writer.
In 1992, Curtis won the Audience and the Grand Prix Award at Cognac Festival du Film Policier for his work on the 1992 film The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
In 1998, Curtis was nominated for the Silver Condor Award at the Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards in the category of Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) for his work on the 1997 film L.A. Confidential.
In 2002, Curtis won the Dream Director Award at the Young Hollywood Awards.
In 1990, Curtis won the Best Film Award at Mystfest for his 1990 film Bad Influence.
Curtis's nickname is Curtisamma.
In 2003, Curtis ranked #90 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List.
Curtis stands at 6'1" or 1.85 m.
Curtis has one son.
Curtis Hanson: That is one of the sad things about the state of the business these days. It's an interesting puzzle because, back in the days of the studio system, there was a rigid production code where the good guy had to win and so forth. There was true censorship, and yet the artists back then found a way to rebel against the system and against the censorship and do dark pictures and ambiguous pictures.
Curtis Hanson: When I first saw In a Lonely Place as a teenager, it frightened me and yet attracted me with an almost hypnotic power. Later, I came to understand why. Occasionally, very rarely, a movie feels so heartfelt, so emotional, so revealing that it seems as though both the actor and the director are standing naked before the audience. When that kind of marriage happens between actor and director, it's breathtaking.
Curtis Hanson: I like the movie to be about the movie and to allow people to think about the movie the way I always thought about movies I watched and admired. I'm old enough that I grew up before there was so much talk by directors and about directors. It was left more to the viewer. The thought of my voice running along while people are watching the movie silently, that doesn't appeal to me. When they're watching the movie I want them to watch the movie, not be distracted listening to me or other people.
Curtis Hanson: Sure I believe people can change, and change for the better. I mean if you don't believe that then what are you left with? It's literally the same old, the same old. People can and do change, often for the better. Things change. If I didn't believe in that I wouldn't see the point. In any of it.
Curtis Hanson: All directors are egomaniacs.