Oscar Actors: Zelwegger, Renee

Renee Zellwegger plays tough yet sexy reporter Lexie Littleton in George Clooney's romantic sport comedy, “Leatherheads.”

Zelwegger won the 2003 Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress in Anthony Minghellas Cold Mountain and received Oscar nominations as Best Actress for her work in Bridget Joness Diary (2001) and Chicago (2002).

Zellwegers Oscar for Cold Mountain was accompanied by a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, a BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and a Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In addition to her Oscar nomination for Chicago, Zellweger also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Lead Role as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Additionally, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for her performance.

After some TV work, Zellweger made her feature debut while still in Texas in Richard Linklaters seminal coming-of-age film, Dazed and Confused. Other roles quickly followed including Ben Stillers Reality Bites, The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and My Boyfriends Back.

Zellweger recently starred with Jerry Seinfeld in DreamWorks award-winning animated film Bee Movie, with Jim Carrey in Me, Myself & Irene and with Chris Rock and Morgan Freeman in the dark comedy Nurse Betty.

She starred with William Hurt and Meryl Streep in the critically acclaimed One True Thing and opposite Robin Wright Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in White Oleander.

Zellweger won the attention and affection of
audiences and critics alike in Cameron Crowes Jerry Maguire, opposite Tom Cruise. Several critics groups, including the National Board of Review, named her as Best Breakthrough Performer.
Zellweger starred in Ron Howards story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, Cinderella Man, opposite Russell Crowe, and in Peyton Reeds stylish romantic comedy Down with Love, opposite Ewan McGregor.

She starred as the seminal British everywoman in Bridget Joness Diary and its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, opposite Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Zellweger also lent her voice to the animated feature Shark Tale, alongside Jack Black, James Gandolfini, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese and Will Smith.

Zellweger just finished shooting Chilled in Miami, and can next be seen in the upcoming western Appaloosa, alongside Viggo Mortenson and Ed Harris, who is also directing.