Oscar Actors: Connelly, Jennifer

Jennifer Connelly won the 2001 Supporting Oscar Award for her performance in Ron Howards Oscar-winning Best Picture A Beautiful Mind, opposite Russell Crowe. For her portrayal of John Nashs loyal but longsuffering wife, Alicia, Connelly was also honored with Golden Globe, BAFTA, American Film Institute (AFI), and Critics Choice Awards, as well as a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Connelly more recently received a Critics Choice Award nomination for her work in the drama House of Sand and Fog, in which she starred with Ben Kingsley. She had previously earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her unflinching portrait of a drug addict in Darren Aronofskys Requiem for a
Dream.

Her additional film credits include starring roles in such diverse films as the horror thriller Dark Water; Todd Fields Little Children; Ang Lees actioner The Hulk, opposite Eric Bana; the widely acclaimed biopic Pollock, directed by and starring Ed Harris.

She also appeared in Keith Gordons thriller Waking the Dead, opposite Billy Crudup; Pat OConnors Inventing the Abbotts, with an ensemble cast that also included Crudup; Alex Proyas mystery thriller Dark City; Lee Tamahoris 1950s-era crime drama Mulholland Falls; John Singletons controversial film Higher Learning; the adventure film The Rocketeer, directed by Joe Johnston; Some Girls, for director Michael Hoffman; Jim Hensons fantasy adventure Labyrinth; and Sergio Leones Once Upon A Time in America, which marked her feature film debut.

Oscar Context

In 2001, Connelly competed for and won the Supporting Actress Oscar in a contest that included Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith, both nominated for Robert Altman's period mystery “Gosford Park,” and Kate Winslet for “Iris.”