The Big Short (2015) was the first film McKay directed without Ferrell in the cast. Venturing into more dramatic territory, he was nominated for several awards including the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and two British Academy Film Awards, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, with McKay and co-writer Charles Randolph winning Best Adapted Screenplay at each respective ceremony.\n', '
McKay and Ferrell produced their comedy website Funny or Die and HBO\'s Eastbound & Down through their company Gary Sanchez Productions.\n', '
McKay was born in 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a cocktail waitress mother and a bassist father. He graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and attended Penn State and Temple University. McKay dropped out from the university a semester-and-a-half before he was set to earn his bachelor\'s degree. He described it as "settling with an imaginary degree".\n', '