Oscar Actors: Williams, Michelle

Oscar nominee Michelle Williams’ range of talents and experience have shaped her career to the point where she has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors

Williams can next be seen starring in Kelly Reichardt’s upcoming film MEEK’S CUTOFF, marking her second collaboration with the director.  The film premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and is set for release in April of 2011.  Williams recently wrapped Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ starring opposite Seth Rogan and MY WEEK WITH MARILYN starring as the iconic Marylyn Monroe opposite Kenneth Branagh.

Williams can most recently be seen starring in Derek Cianfrance’s BLUE VALENTINE opposite Ryan Gosling.  The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.  BLUE VALENTINE was released by The Weinstein Company on December 31, 2010.  Her performance in BLUE VALENTINE has so far earned her a Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and Academy Award nomination this year. 

Williams’ riveting performance in Ang Lee’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, released in 2005, earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as well as her “Best Supporting Actress” nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and ultimately the Academy Awards ®.  Williams was then nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for “Best Actress” for her performance in Wim Wenders’ LAND OF PLENTY. In her first collaboration with Kelly Reichardt on her critically acclaimed independent film WENDY AND LUCY, Williams’ moving and evocative performance as “Wendy” garnered a Toronto Film Critics Award for “Best Actress” in 2009 and her third Independent Spirit Award Nomination.

In 2004, Williams shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors from Thomas McCarthy’s THE STATION AGENT for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.” In 2005, Williams was honored by the Motion Picture Club as “Female Star of Tomorrow.”

Williams’ other film credits include Sharon Maguire’s INCENDIARY, Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, Todd Haynes’ I’M NOT THERE, Dan Harris’ IMAGINARY HEROES, Richard Ledes’ A HOLE IN ONE, Ethan Hawke’s THE HOTTEST STATE, Julian Goldberger’s THE HAWK IS DYING, Sandra Goldbacher’s ME WITHOUT YOU, and Andrew Fleming’s DICK. Williams was last seen in Martin Scorcese’s SHUTTER ISLAND, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

On television, Williams starred opposite Chloë Sevigny in Martha Coolidge’s critically acclaimed HBO movie IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2. She also had a six-year run as “Jen Lindley” on the WB’s hit television series DAWSON’S CREEK. The series premiered in 1998 and remained one of the WB’s top-rated shows throughout its run.

On stage, Williams received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Varya in Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also achieved critical acclaim for her run in Mike Leigh’s SMELLING A RAT at the Samuel Beckett Theatre and her off-Broadway debut in KILLER JOE.