Watts, Naomi: Actress Profile

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Naomi Watts stars in "Mother and Child," directed by Rodrigo Garcia and also starring Annette Bening and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is being released by Sony Pictures Classics on May 7.

Naomi Watts is an accomplished actress, consistently receiving rave reviews and accolades for her many performances. In 2004, she was honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s 21 Grams.

Her performance in 21 Grams, in which she starred alongside Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, also garnered Best Actress Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Washington Area Film Critics and San Diego Film Critics, as well as Best Actress nominations from the SAG Awards, BAFTAs, Broadcast Film Critics and Golden Satellites. At the film’s premiere at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, she received the Audience Award (Lion of the Public) for Best Actress.

Prior to starring in Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child, Watts recently starred in Tom Twyker’s The International opposite Clive Owen, as well as David Cronenberg’s drama/thriller Eastern Promises opposite Viggo Mortensen and Michael Haneke’s thriller Funny Games. She recently completed production on Doug Liman’s Fair Game where she stars alongside Sean Penn. Her next project is the Untitled Woody Allen London Project where she will star alongside an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins.

Watts has had an impressive list of movies since her acclaimed debut in David Lynch’s controversial drama Mulholland Drive, in which she earned Best Actress Awards from a number of critics’ organizations, including the National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics. In addition to starring as ‘Ann Darrow’ in Peter Jackson’s epic remake of King Kong; her credits include We Don’t Live Here Anymore, in which she starred and produced; The Assassination of Richard Nixon opposite Sean Penn and Don Cheadle; David O. Russell’s I (Heart) Huckabee’s with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman; Marc Forster’s Stay opposite Ewan McGregor and Ryan Gosling; Gore Verbinski’s The Ring and the sequel The Ring 2; Merchant-Ivory’s Le Divorce alongside Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing; and John Curran’s The Painted Veil opposite Edward Norton, which was based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel.

Born in England, Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14 and began studying acting. Her first major film role came in John Duigan’s Flirting. She produced and starred in the short film Ellie Parker, which screened in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. In 2005, a full length feature of the short debuted at Sundance. Among her many awards and recognitions, Watts received the Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2006 for her role in King Kong; was honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2003 for 21 Grams; and in 2002, she was named the Female Star of Tomorrow at ShoWest and received the Breakthrough Acting Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, both for Mulholland Drive.

Watts currently resides in Los Angeles and New York.