Ridley Scott had a small dog named Lulu, who he considered his girlfriend. Scott dedicated his movie Napoleon (starring Joaquin Phoenix) to Lulu with a message during the end credits. Considering the dedication, it’s assumed Lulu must have passed away sometime during production. Scott’s production company, RSA Films, is regarded as one of the most dog-friendly offices in Hollywood.
Ridley Scott currently has one dog named Josephine. He most likely got his new pup while working on Napoleon, as it was also the name of Napoleon’s first wife.
I have a new dog named Josephine. She’s a sweetheart. …dogs are a very good psychology. It keep me calm, feet on the ground. When I’m getting angry I just look at the dog and “Don’t.” They know way more than we… They’re much smarter than we think.Ridley Scott, Kevin McCarthy interview, November 2023
November 30, 1937 (86)
Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer, most recently known for directing Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix. Scott began his journey in the realm of television as a designer and director before transitioning into advertising, where he directed commercials. His foray into feature filmmaking commenced with The Duellists in 1977, a debut that won him the best first-feature award at the Cannes Film Festival. This marked the start of a series of influential films that showcase Scott’s ability to create memorable imagery across varied settings and time periods. His notable works include science fiction classics like Alien (1979) with Sigourney Weaver and Blade Runner (1982) with Harrison Ford, historical epics such as Gladiator (2000) with Russell Crow and Kingdom of Heaven (2005) with Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson, and contemporary dramas like Black Hawk Down (2001) with Tom Hardy and Ewan McGregor, and The Martian (2015) with Matt Damon. Scott’s films often feature strong female characters, evident in titles like Thelma & Louise (1991) with Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon and G.I. Jane (1997) with Demi Moore.
Scott’s contributions to cinema have been recognized with multiple accolades. He has received three Academy Award nominations for Directing for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. Gladiator not only won the Academy Award for Best Picture but also brought Scott a nomination in the same category for The Martian. In addition to these, his films Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise have been selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Scott’s influence extends beyond the silver screen. He has been a significant figure in television, earning ten Primetime Emmy Award nominations and winning twice. His wins include Outstanding Television Film for the HBO film The Gathering Storm (2002) and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special for the History Channel’s Gettysburg (2011).