Oscar Actors: Keener, Catherine–Twice Supporting Actress Nominee

Twice nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress, Catherine Keener stars in Nicole Holofcener‘s comedy-drama Please Give, her fourth starring role in a Holofcener film.

Please Give premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is being released by Sony Pictures Classics.

Being John Malkovich

She received her first Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination in 2000, when she played Maxine in Spike Jonze‘s Being John Malkovich.


As author ‘Harper Lee‘ in Capote, starring opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Keener received her second Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress as well as nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

She was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for American Crime opposite Ellen Page. Prior to Please Give, she was most recently seen in Where The Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze‘s adaptation of Maurice Sendak‘s popular children‘s book.

Keener can be seen in Chris Columbus‘ Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, due for release in February 2010. Another upcoming film, Cyrus, will also premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 

She also starred in David O‘Russell‘s troubled feature, Nailed.

Keener completed Trust opposite Clive Owen and directed the independent film by David Schwimmer.

Keener starred in The Soloist, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, Charlie Kaufman‘s Synedoche, New York, Sean Penn‘s Into The Wild and Nicole Holofcener‘s Friends With Money.

She also starred in the smash hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Sydney Pollack‘s The Interpreter, opposite Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, and Nicole Holofcener‘s Lovely & Amazing, where Keener was honored with an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Actress.

Her earlier films include The Ballad Of Jack & Rose, Adaptation, Simone, Full Frontal, Out Of Sight, Death To Smoochy, Your Friends and Neighbors, Walking and Talking, and the screen adaptation of Sam Shepard‘s Simpatico. 

On television, Keener co-starred in HBO‘s critically acclaimed anthology, If These Walls Could Talk, directed by Nancy Savoca.

On the stage, she starred opposite Edward Norton in the Signature Theater Company‘s critically acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Langford Wilson‘s “Burn This” in 2003.