Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, film producer and director.
Helgeland was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother, Karin, is from Norway and his father from Brooklyn, New York. His surname Helgeland is Norwegian, named after a landscape in Northern Norway. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he received his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
In 1998, Helgeland became the first person to win both an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (for L.A. Confidential) and a Razzie (for The Postman) in the same year. He accepted the Razzie and became only the fourth person in its history to be personally presented with the statuette.