Oscar Actors: Kendrick, Anna

Anna Kendrick is an Oscar-nominated actress (“Up in the Air”) whose accomplishments showcase her impressive range of talents.

She starred in the musical hit “Pitch Perfect,” performing the song “Cups,” which went multi-platinum and was one of Billboard’s top songs of 2013.  Last year, she reprised her role in “Pitch Perfect 2,” which had a record-breaking opening and went on to became the top-grossing musical comedy of all time, domestically.

Kendrick has also completed a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays, to be published in fall 2016 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Employing her witty, one-of-a-kind commentary, Kendrick shares the absurdities she has experienced.

Kendrick was most recently seen in the independent film “The Hollars,” directed by and also starring John Krasinski, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was just released in theatres; and the comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” with Zac Efron and Adam Devine.  This fall, she will be heard in the animated musical comedy adventure “Trolls,” opposite Justin Timberlake, and she also stars in the independent comedy “Table 19,” due out in 2017.

In 2009, Kendrick starred opposite George Clooney and Jason Bateman in Jason Reitman’s widely acclaimed feature “Up in the Air,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  She also won a number of critics’ group awards, including the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, and received the MTV Movie Awards for Best Breakout Star.  In addition, she was honored with nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Critics’ Choice Award.

Kendrick’s other recent credits include “Into the Woods,” playing Cinderella as part of an all-star cast, also including Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp; the film adaptation of the musical “The Last Five Years”; the indie features “Cake,” with Jennifer Aniston, “Happy Christmas,” and “Drinking Buddies,” in which she starred opposite Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston; David Ayer’s intense crime drama “End of Watch,” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal; and the comedy-drama “50/50,” with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Kendrick was also seen in the blockbuster “The Twilight Saga” franchise, including “Twilight,” “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.”

Kendrick made her feature film debut in director Todd Graff’s “Camp,” a favorite at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.  Her performance in the cult classic earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Chlotrudis Awards.  She went on to star in Jeffrey Blitz’s “Rocket Science,” which premiered at Sundance in 2007, receiving a Grand Jury Prize nomination.  For her performance, Kendrick earned another Independent Spirit Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress.

An accomplished theatre veteran, Kendrick began her career as Dinah Lord in the 1998 Broadway musical production of “High Society,” for which she was honored with a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.  At just 12 years old, she was the second-youngest Tony nominee in history.  Kendrick also won Drama League and Theatre World Awards, and garnered Drama Desk and FANY Award nominations for her role.

Kendrick’s additional theatre credits include a feature role in the New York City Opera’s production of “A Little Night Music,” starring Jeremy Irons; “My Favorite Broadway/The Leading Ladies: Live at Carnegie Hall”; and Broadway workshops of “Jane Eyre” and “The Little Princess.”