Ridley Scott is a film director who first burst onto the scene with the science fiction horror film Alien (1979), which he followed up by directing Blade Runner (1982). After that he stepped away from directing science fiction for a few years, helming Thelma & Louise (1991) and G.I. Jane (1997) before earning major acclaim as the director of Gladiator (2000), which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. He went on to direct Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), and Robin Hood (2010). He returned to science fiction with the Alien prequel Prometheus (2012) and The Martian (2015), the latter of which earned him another Golden Globe nomination.