Oscar Actors: Wilkinson, Tom

Tom Wilkinson received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Tony Gilroy’s Academy Award-nominated Michael Clayton; and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his unforgettable performance opposite Sissy Spacek in Todd Field’s Academy Award-nominated In The Bedroom.

For the latter role, Wilkinson also received a BAFTA Award nomination; and won the Independent Spirit Award, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, and the New York Film Critics Circle award, among other honors.

He had previously won a BAFTA for his role in the 1997 British and international box-office sensation The Full Monty, directed by Peter Cattaneo; and garnered another BAFTA nomination the following year for his performance in the Best Picture Oscar winner Shakespeare in Love, which marked his first teaming with The Debt director John Madden. They have reteamed again on the soon-to-be-released The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Wilkinson received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his courageous performance in Jane Anderson’s telefilm Normal, opposite Jessica Lange. He subsequently won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the miniseries John Adams, in which he portrayed Benjamin Franklin; and garnered Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for Jay Roach’s telefilm Recount. He was a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for the teleplay A Number, based on Caryl Churchill’s play and directed by James MacDonald. He most recently starred in the miniseries The Kennedys, as Joseph Kennedy Snr.

Among his many other feature credits are Brian Gilbert’s Wilde; Sandra Goldbacher’s The Governess; Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour; Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot; Oliver Parker’s The Importance of Being Earnest; Peter Webber’s Girl with a Pearl Earring; Richard Eyre’s Stage Beauty, Julian Fellowes’ Separate Lies, opposite Emily Watson and Rupert Everett; Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins; Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream; Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla; Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie; Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity; Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer; Robert Redford’s The Conspirator; and Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, also for Focus Features, and The Green Hornet.
An accomplished stage actor, Wilkinson has played the role of John Proctor in The Crucible at the Royal National Theatre; the title role in King Lear at the Royal Court; and the role of Dr. Stockmann in the award-winning West End production of Enemy of the People, with Vanessa Redgrave. Additionally, he won the London Critics Circle Award for his performance in Ghosts; and starred in David Hare’s production of My Zinc Bed, with Julia Ormond.
His television work also includes BAFTA Award-nominated portrayals in Piers Haggard’s telefilm Cold Enough for Snow and the celebrated BBC miniseries Martin Chuzzlewit, directed by Pedr James. His other notable television credits include the teleplay Measure for Measure, directed by David Thacker; and the telefilms The Gathering Storm, directed by Richard Loncraine, and Prime Suspect. In the latter, directed by Christopher Menaul, he starred opposite Helen Mirren of The Debt.


Oscar Nominations: 2

Actor: In the Bedroom (2001)

Supporting Actor: Michael Clayton (2007)

Oscar Awards: None