After directing Behind the Candelabra in 2013, Soderbergh announced his retirement from filmmaking. In 2016, he was handed the script of Logan Lucky by his wife so that he could suggest a suitable director for the movie. However, he enjoyed reading the script so much that he decided to direct the film himself. Amidst all the reports around Logan Lucky's screenwriter Rebecca Blunt's existence, Steven Soderbergh is the only one who vouches for her existence. There are reports that state Rebecca Blunt could possibly be a pseudonym for Soderbergh himself. More often than not Steven Soderbergh is associated with his movies as the editor and cinematographer under the alias of Mary Ann Bernard and Peter Andrews respectively. While Mary Ann Bernard is his mother maiden name, Peter Andrews is his father's first and middle names. Steven Soderbergh is not a fan of the possessory credit and does not prefer having his name in the front or centre at the start of any of his movie's credits. Soderbergh was ousted from sports drama Moneyball, owing to creative differences between him and Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. days before the shoot of the movie. The movie was eventually directed by Bennett Miller and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Sixty-two years after Michael Curtiz received twin Oscar nominations for Best Director for Angels with Dirty Faces and Four Daughters in 1938, Soderbergh was the first director to have received twin Oscar nominations for Best Director for Erin Brockovich and Traffic in 2001.
At the age of 26, Soderbergh became the youngest director to have received a Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for his debut project Sex, Lies, and Videotapes.