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Michelle Williams

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Actress who also played bad lady Jennifer Lindley on the tv screen series Dawson’s Creek, then continued to celebrity in such films while Blue Valentine, I’m Not There, Synecdoche, NY and Manchester By THE OCEAN. Her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe within the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn gained her a variety of honours including a Golden World Award for Greatest Actress. Her 1st acting functions included guest looks on strike sitcoms like Detail by detail and DO-IT-YOURSELF. She won an unbiased Spirit Honor for Best Assisting Female on her behalf part as Alma Beers del Mar within the 2005 film Brokeback Hill. She and then-boyfriend, Heath Ledger welcomed a child, Matilda Rose Ledger, in Oct of 2005. She and Ledger break up in Sept of 2007, four weeks ahead of his loss of life. She had associations with Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunaga, Jason Segel and Dustin Yellin. In 2015, she started dating Jonathan Safran Foer. She starred in Blue Valentine with Ryan Gosling.

Quick Facts


Full Name Michelle Williams
Date Of Birth September 9, 1980
Place Of Birth Rockford, MT
Height 1.63 m, 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Santa Fe Christian Schools, Santa Fe Christian Schools
Nationality American, American
Children Matilda Ledger, Matilda Ledger
Parents Larry R. Williams, Carla Ingrid Williams, Larry R. Williams, Carla Ingrid Williams
Siblings Jason Williams, Kelley Williams, Paige Williams, Sara Williams, Jason Williams, Kelley Williams, Paige Williams, Sara Williams
Partner Heath Ledger, Heath Ledger
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Music Groups Destiny's Child
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Rising Star Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Transformation, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, AACTA International Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress, Empire Award for Best Actress, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Rising Star Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Transformation, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, AACTA International Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress, Empire Award for Best Actress, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Movies Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, Oz the Great and Powerful, Take This Waltz, Shutter Island, Wendy and Lucy, Synecdoche, New York, Meek's Cutoff, Suite Française, The Station Agent, Certain Women, Incendiary, Me Without You, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, I'm Not There, The United States of Leland, Prozac Nation, The Baxter, But I'm a Cheerleader, Species, Imaginary Heroes, The Hawk Is Dying, Deception, The Hottest State, Dick, If These Walls Could Talk 2, Land of Plenty, Lassie, Killing Mr. Griffin, My Son Is Innocent, A Thousand Acres, A Hole in One, Wonderstruck, Mammoth, Timemaster, Perfume, Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, The Greatest Showman, B'Day Anthology Video Album, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn, Oz the Great and Powerful, Brokeback Mountain, Shutter Island, Take This Waltz, Suite Française, Incendiary, Deception, Certain Women, Wendy and Lucy, Species, The Greatest Showman, Meek's Cutoff, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, I'm Not There, Synecdoche, New York, Me Without You, Lassie, The Station Agent, Wonderstruck, Prozac Nation, All the Money in the World, If These Walls Could Talk 2, The Baxter, Land of Plenty, Dick, But I'm a Cheerleader, Imaginary Heroes, Mammoth, The Hawk Is Dying, The Hottest State, The United States of Leland, A Hole in One, My Son Is Innocent, Timemaster, Killing Mr. Griffin, A Thousand Acres, Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, Perfume, B'Day Anthology Video Album, I Feel Pretty
TV Shows Dawson's Creek, Dawson's Creek, Home Improvement
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1 Nominated for the 2016 Best Leading Actress in a Play Tony Award for her performance in "Blackbird". She lost the award to Jessica Lange for her performance in "Long Day's Journey into Night".
2 Two of her films premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea (2016) and Certain Women (2016). She couldn't attend the festival because she was in rehearsals for the Broadway play "Blackbird".
3 Appeared in two films with Ryan Gosling: The United States of Leland (2003) and Blue Valentine (2010). They lived in the same house for four weeks while filming Blue Valentine in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
4 Williams and her Shutter Island (2010) co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, have both appeared in Lassie productions. DiCaprio appeared in two episodes of The New Lassie (1989) when he was 15 years old, while Williams made her film debut in Lassie (1994), when she was 13.
5 Has starred in three films directed by Kelly Reichardt: Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek's Cutoff (2010) and Certain Women (2016).
6 Was considered for the role of Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight (2015). Jennifer Jason Leigh was cast instead.
7 Was considered for the role of Helene in Burnt (2015). The role went to Sienna Miller.
8 Was on director Baz Luhrmann's shortlist for the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (2013). The role went to Carey Mulligan.
9 Accepted the role of Glinda in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) so that her daughter Matilda could watch a movie with her.
10 Face of Louis Vuitton Handbags and Jewellery since 2013.
11 Was director Liv Ullmann's original choice to play the title role of Miss Julie (2014), but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
12 Was offered the role of Miss San Antonio in Machete Kills (2013) but declined. The role went to Amber Heard.
13 Living in Brooklyn, New York with her daughter, Matilda Ledger. [February 2009]
14 The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is 5 years, between Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Blue Valentine (2010).
15 Received the Desert Palm Achievement Actress award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7, 2012.
16 Katharine Hepburn is one of her favorite actresses.
17 Resides in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York.
18 Michelle's father is of half Norwegian, one quarter German, and approximately one quarter English, ancestry. Michelle's mother is of three eighths Norwegian descent, with Michelle's mother's other ancestry including Swedish, Swiss-German, Danish, English, Welsh, and Scottish.
19 Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her daughter Matilda to begin filming The Hottest State (2006).
20 Was in a relationship with Spike Jonze, having met on the set of Where the Wild Things Are (2009) (July 2008-September 2009).
21 Her ex-fiancé and father of her daughter Matilda, Heath Ledger, died on January 22, 2008.
22 Was in a relationship with Heath Ledger, having met on the set of Brokeback Mountain (2005) (June 2004-September 2007). They were both nominated for Oscars for their performances in the film.
23 First cast-member of Dawson's Creek (1998) to receive an Oscar nomination.
24 Her father Larry is a former Republican candidate for Montana State Senate.
25 The godparents of her daughter Matilda are Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps (her Dawson's Creek (1998) co-star).
26 Michelle and her fiancé Heath Ledger had a girl, Matilda Ledger, on October 28, 2005, in Brooklyn, New York.
27 In 2003, she was one of ELLE girl's 25 Favorite Hot, Young, Talented New Stars.
28 Her father Larry is a Commodities Trader and is divorced from her mother Carla.
29 Has one younger sister Paige and three older half siblings from her father's first marriage - Jason, Kelley, and Sara.
30 Was roommates with Christina Ricci whilst filming Prozac Nation (2001) with her.
31 Dated singer/songwriter Andy Herod (of "The Comas") for two years. His latest album "Conductor" is about their relationship and his heartbreak after it ended. Michelle also features in the accompanying short film of the same name.
32 At age 16, she won the Robbins Trading Company World Cup Championship of Futures Trading by turning $10,000 into $100,000. It is the second highest profit in the tournament's history.
33 In 2000, she was on Entertainment Weekly's annual It List.
34 Was in a relationship with Conor Oberst (1999-2001). Some songs for his band, 'Bright Eyes', are about her.
35 Collects rare books. Owns a first edition of The Great Gatsby amongst others.
36 Wrote a script called "Don't Blink" which was sold but never made.
37 Legally emancipated from her parents at age 15.
38 Loves reading in her spare time.
39 In 1999, she was chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21."


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greatest Showman 2017 filming Charity Barnum
Wonderstruck 2017 post-production Elaine
Janis pre-production Janis Joplin
Certain Women 2016 Gina
Manchester by the Sea 2016 Randi Chandler
Suite Française 2014 Lucile Angellier
Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 Annie Glinda
Cougar Town 2013 TV Series Laurie's Foster Sister
My Week with Marilyn 2011 Marilyn Monroe
Take This Waltz 2011 Margot
Meek's Cutoff 2010 Emily Tetherow
Shutter Island 2010 Dolores
Blue Valentine 2010 Cindy
Mammoth 2009 Ellen Vidales
Greed, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli 2009 Video short
Synecdoche, New York 2008 Claire Keen
Wendy and Lucy 2008 Wendy
Deception 2008/I S
Incendiary 2008 Young Mother
I'm Not There. 2007 Coco Rivington
The Hottest State 2006 Samantha
The Hawk Is Dying 2006 Betty
Brokeback Mountain 2005 Alma
The Baxter 2005 Cecil Mills
Imaginary Heroes 2004 Penny Travis
Land of Plenty 2004 Lana
A Hole in One 2004 Anna Watson
Dawson's Creek 1998-2003 TV Series Jen Lindley
The Station Agent 2003 Emily
The United States of Leland 2003 Julie Pollard
Prozac Nation 2001 Ruby
Me Without You 2001 Holly
Perfume 2001 Halley
If These Walls Could Talk 2 2000 TV Movie Linda (segment "1972")
But I'm a Cheerleader 1999 Kimberly
Dick 1999 Arlene Lorenzo
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later 1998 Molly
A Thousand Acres 1997 Pammy
Killing Mr. Griffin 1997 TV Movie Maya
My Son Is Innocent 1996 TV Movie Donna
Raising Caines 1995 TV Series Trish Caines
Timemaster 1995 Annie
Species 1995 Young Sil
Home Improvement 1995 TV Series Jessica Lutz
Step by Step 1994 TV Series J.J.
Lassie 1994 April Porter
Baywatch 1993-1994 TV Series Hobie's Groupie / Bridget Bowers

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Week with Marilyn 2011 performer: "When Love Goes Wrong Nothin' Goes Right", "Heat Wave", "I Found a Dream", "That Old Black Magic"
The Baxter 2005 performer: "Hero"
The United States of Leland 2003 performer: "Eating Soup"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Week with Marilyn 2011 performer: Marilyn's songs

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blue Valentine 2010 executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Where the Wild Things Are 2009 special thanks
Junebug 2005 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Charlie Rose 2010-2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Ben Lee: Catch My Disease 2011 Documentary Herself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
My Week with Marilyn: The Untold Story of an American Icon 2011 Video documentary short Herself - Marilyn Monroe
The Daily Show 2002-2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
At the Movies 2010 TV Series Herself
Shutter Island: Behind the Shutters 2010 Video documentary short Herself
TV Festival Du Cannes 2010 2010 TV Movie Herself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself - Winner
Logo Movie Special: 'Brokeback Mountain' 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
The Making of 'Land of Plenty' 2005 Short Herself
Cartaz Cultural 2003 TV Series Herself (2008)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1999-2002 TV Series Herself - Guest
Total Access 24/7 2002 TV Series Herself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
Dawson's Creek: Behind the Scenes 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Television's Most Memorable Moment #1: Friends: Ross & Rachel Get Married
The Making of 'Dick' 1999 Video documentary short Herself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 1999 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998-1999 TV Series Herself - Guest
Unmasking the Horror 1998 Video Herself
Extra 2017 TV Series Herself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2017 TV Series Herself
The 74th Golden Globe Awards 2017 TV Special documentary Herself - Nominee
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors 2017 TV Series Herself
Project X 2016 Documentary short
Rencontres de cinéma 2016 TV Series Herself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2016 TV Series Herself
The Insider 2016 TV Series Herself
Today 2012-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2011-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 70th Annual Tony Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Special Correspondent / Herself - Guest
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy 2013 Documentary Letter Reader
Vivir de cine 2013 TV Series Herself
E! Special: Oz - The Great and Powerful 2013 TV Movie Herself
Cinema 3 2013 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
Late Show with David Letterman 1999-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Movie Talk with Peter Bart 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet 2012 TV Special Herself
DP/30: Conversations About Movies 2010-2012 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2010-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2016 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2015 TV Series Herself
Too Young to Die 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Quiet Ryan 2011 Short
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2011 TV Series documentary Molly Cartwell
E! True Hollywood Story 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
A Current Affair 2008 TV Series Herself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Gomorron 2006 TV Series Herself
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Alma del Mar
Songs from Dawson's Creek 1999 TV Movie documentary Jennifer 'Jen' Lindley

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Certain Women (2016)
2012 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 Desert Palm Achievement Award Palm Springs International Film Festival My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Take This Waltz (2011)
2012 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress in a Canadian Film Take This Waltz (2011)
2011 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 Capri Ensemble Cast Award Capri, Hollywood My Week with Marilyn (2011) · Eddie Redmayne
· Julia Ormond
· Kenneth Branagh
· Emma Watson
· Dominic Cooper
· Dougray Scott
· Judi Dench
· Zoë Wanamaker
2011 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Actress of the Year My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 OFCC Award Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 Invisible Woman Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Meek's Cutoff (2010)
2010 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2009 Robert Altman Award Independent Spirit Awards Synecdoche, New York (2008) · Charlie Kaufman (director)
· Jeanne McCarthy (casting director)
· Hope Davis
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Catherine Keener
· Samantha Morton
· Tom Noonan
· Emily Watson
· Dianne Wiest
2009 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2009 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Performance, Female Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2008 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Synecdoche, New York (2008) · Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Samantha Morton
· Catherine Keener
· Emily Watson
· Dianne Wiest
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Hope Davis
· Tom Noonan
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2000 Lucy Award Women in Film Lucy Awards · Sharon Stone
· Anne Heche
· Cher
· Jennifer Todd
· Suzanne Todd
· I. Marlene King
· Jane Anderson
· Nancy Savoca

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Manchester by the Sea (2016)
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Manchester by the Sea (2016)
2016 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Manchester by the Sea (2016)
2016 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Manchester by the Sea (2016)
2016 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Manchester by the Sea (2016)
2013 CCOP Críticos de Cinema Online Portugueses Awards Best Actress (Melhor Atriz) My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2013 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Actress (Miglior attrice protagonista) My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2013 Rembrandt Award Rembrandt Awards Best International Actress (Beste Buitenlandse Actrice) My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2013 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
2012 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Leading Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Actress Take This Waltz (2011)
2012 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 Genie Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Take This Waltz (2011)
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actress of the Year My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Transformation My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song My Week with Marilyn (2011) · Irving Berlin (music and lyrics by: Heat Wave)
· Harold Adamson (music and lyrics by: When Love Goes Wrong - Nothin' Goes Right)
· Hoagy Carmichael (music and lyrics by: When Love Goes Wrong - Nothin' Goes Right)
2012 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 Rembrandt Award Rembrandt Awards Best International Actress (Beste Buitenlandse Actrice) Blue Valentine (2010)
2012 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Take This Waltz (2011)
2011 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Blue Valentine (2010)
2011 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Blue Valentine (2010)
2011 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2011 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction Blue Valentine (2010) · Ryan Gosling
2011 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2011 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2011 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actress of the Year My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Blue Valentine (2010)
2011 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2011 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 Davis Award Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actress of the Year Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller Shutter Island (2010)
2010 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2010 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Blue Valentine (2010)
2009 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actress Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2009 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2009 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actress Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2008 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actress Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2007 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Land of Plenty (2004)
2006 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Rising Star Award BAFTA Awards
2006 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Heath Ledger
· Randy Quaid
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista) Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Heath Ledger
· Randy Quaid
2006 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actress of the Year Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Heath Ledger
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Linda Cardellini
· Randy Quaid
· Anna Faris
2005 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Performance Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting The Station Agent (2003) · Peter Dinklage
· Patricia Clarkson
· Bobby Cannavale
· Paul Benjamin
· Raven Goodwin
2004 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Station Agent (2003) · Paul Benjamin
· Bobby Cannavale
· Patricia Clarkson
· Peter Dinklage
· Raven Goodwin
2000 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Dick (1999)
1999 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
1999 YoungStar Award YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series Dawson's Creek (1998)
1998 YoungStar Award YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series Dawson's Creek (1998)
1995 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Lassie (1994)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Manchester by the Sea (2016)
2016 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Manchester by the Sea (2016)
2011 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2011 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actress My Week with Marilyn (2011)
2008 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2006 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Heath Ledger
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
2005 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Heath Ledger
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Linda Cardarelli
· Randy Quaid
2005 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Brokeback Mountain (2005)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actress Wendy and Lucy (2008)
2008 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Performance Wendy and Lucy (2008)


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1 I remember my mother saying to me at one point, "Just don't make anything your grandmother couldn't see." And at that point I knew I was living a sinful artistic career, because I had done, and I knew I would do.
2 I went far away from my home when I was a child: I was only 15. I always dreamed about being an actress, like all the other young girls. But in my home nobody loved cinema, my parents didn't know any talented people or anyone whose vocation was in the arts.
3 I had a sweet little house on Douglas Street, it had a garden with a towering magnolia tree. And then we moved when I was pregnant to a different house. That house was like a doll's house, it was big enough for one person about my size, but a little cramped for a man.
4 I feel more peaceable since I hit my thirties, more accepting of myself and my flaws. But I don't feel settled, like I have all my ducks in a row -- and maybe that's not realistic.
5 Perfection can only be two-dimensional. You can make a picture perfect, and maybe that's why I like film, it's imperfect because it's in motion. I keep trying to think of our home and our life like that, it doesn't have to look a certain way, just feel a certain way.
6 One of the best things -- and something I'm grateful for every time I walk onto a film set -- is my six and a half years on Dawson's Creek (1998) and the experience it afforded me in how to get comfortable with the camera. Best acting classes I ever took.
7 I had always been kind of obsessed with making a home of my own and was always drawing rooms that I wanted to live in, down to pictures on the wall and the faces that would be in the photographs.
8 I have very fond memories of the Ace Hotel in Portland. Yeah, that is some place where I played with my "perfect world" game. And I thought that Portland might get pretty close. Man, there is nothing like a Portland summer. But then I also realized as soon as you make a place home, you invite entanglements, and Portland seemed like a place that I would want to keep free from that. As long as I don't make it my home it stays perfection. I can miss it, I can yearn for it, I can fantasize about it and I can visit it and have the best time.
9 [on how roles come to her] It's a funny thing: do you get the roles you're meant for, is there a fate in them? I don't know. It's a bigger question of how the world works, which I don't know about yet. I wish I did. ... I'm a person who needs a lot of time. I make these movies but I've had a tremendous amount of time to prepare for them and a tremendous amount of time between projects to decompress and go back to my life. So I don't work a lot, because I have a child and a life outside of work that I'm devoted to. So when I do make a decision to work, it can't be a whim. It has to have a lot going for it.
10 When I work I'm not nervous. Work is this fabulous free zone. There's no judgment. My problems arrive when I'm not working.
11 [on having to do interviews and potentially dealing with uncomfortable ones] - ... It's such a funny thing to be in a position that you don't want to be in and unsure of, you know, should I just ... [mimes unhooking a microphone and getting up] It's a funny thing to be sort of sat in a chair, and there's all the people and the bright lights, and you get asked the questions, and you feel like for some reason you have to endure it, or it's sort of part of the job. Maybe if it was now, maybe I would've just taken off the mike and just taken a little break, just walked away for a minute. I don't know. I think being a girl, being a woman, there's always - I do fight with some idea of wanting to please people and wanting to be good and wanting to say the right thing and wanting to get through something. It's a very uncomfortable and hard thing to do, to draw the line or to disappoint someone, even when you're sacrificing what feels right. It's a real predicament, and I say things that I regret sometimes. I get it wrong a lot, but I'm always evaluating and always trying to get a handle on it. Because I do so want to do this work, and if this is a part of this work then I must figure out how to do it in a way that feels appropriate, but still kind of honest and not like I'm wasting time.
12 [on if the public aspect(s) of acting has gotten any easier] - Like I said about actors, I think for the most part, my experience recently has been that people are kind and respectful. In general people that I get to meet don't want to say something provocative, or they're not looking for that side of the story, so I find myself more open and more trusting that the experience is going to be an OK experience. I really do try and situate our lives in such a way that we can maintain - so that I can still do the work that supports us, the work that I like to do, but that we can maintain a kind of privacy that I find essential for having a happy and normal childhood. And that I find essential for having a creative view of the world. So in some ways it has gotten easier. But in some ways, like when I have to get my picture taken, it's nothing - I'm already right back to where I started, I'm all kind of bumbling, unsure of myself, weird, a mess. I like this much better, just having a conversation with somebody when there's not a camera. It's much easier to think when you can do this, you know, instead of when you're in some sort of, like, rigid position and you feel obliged to be a superhuman being.
13 [on being able to relate to and connect with another actor, even if that connection doesn't last past the actual filming/project] - ... It's a weird thing, the ability to make deep connections and then detach yourself three months later when the movie's over. Like it was all a phantom. You made this phantom in the space that existed between the two of you, that wasn't real and has no home. You know it's a very strange process of real and unreal. I can't quite understand it. All I know is that it's ultimately feels very real at the time, but ultimately not.
14 [on the film Land of Plenty (2004)] - It's funny - I have something hanging in my house that somebody asked me about the other day. They said, "What is that weird scrap of paper in the frame?" I said, "Well, I was making this cool thing, this only in New York City thing." What happened was I was making this movie and realizing that I was playing a kind of angel on earth figure, you know, a Wim Wenders kind of thing. I was thinking, thinking, thinking and then walking down the street and I stepped on this piece of paper. I picked it up and it had all the names of the angels listed on it and so I kept it with me. I said, "Ah, this is a good sign." And at the end of the movie we were up on this building looking over at where the twin towers used to be. Somebody took a Polaroid of me and Wim, and on Wim's back, angel wings appeared in the development. So I have this little piece, this little connective tissue, this little thing I remember. That movie was actually really important to me - and to you! - and to not very many other people. It was the first time that a director of such esteem and talent had seen anything interesting about me. I think it was because - and in fact he said as much - he had never seen Dawson's Creek (1998). He wasn't aware of the show at all, and when I drove to meet him at his house, he really met me, not work that I was good or bad in or perceptions that people had of me, positive or negative. He just met me, and from that experience he cast me. After we made the movie he saw pictures of me as Jen on "Dawson's Creek". My passport picture at the time was a picture in, like, full makeup and hair. I was on a little break and he saw the picture and he was like [German accent], "Oh, if I had seen that I don't think I would have cast you!" [laughter] But it was such a nice boost, you know? It was so encouraging to have somebody like that say yes to you. That gave me a lot of confidence when I didn't really have any. ... I had done a few independent movies before that, I can't even remember what, and was realizing all the while, oh this is good for me. Not that it's better than other ways of making movies but it's good for me, this sort of familial, calm, contained environment relaxes me and allows me to try things. It allows me space. I work better that way and so having that experience on Wim's movie set me in this kind of direction. I do see them as very linked. I see "Killer Joe", this play I did when I was 18; and "Smelling Rats", a Mike Leigh play that I did when I was 20; and doing "Land of Plenty", I see those things as being directly linked to something like Blue Valentine (2010) or My Week with Marilyn (2011) or this movie. They've all added up into this sort of later stuff.
15 [on the difference between women and men directors] If it's different, it's different to me. It's about how I shall receive a man versus a woman. I've had good experiences with both sexes. I certainly enjoy that there's a healthy balance in my career of working with women. I think what Kelly Reichardt and I have going for us right now is that we've made two movies together and we're friends. So we're onto each other.
16 I always feel there's a kind of intangible connection that happens between you and a piece of material when you read it for the very first time. So the first time I read something is always the most important time, and I make sure that I can read it in one fell soup, and I don't have to get up and interrupt the experience. And as soon as I closed the script for My Week with Marilyn (2011) I knew that it was going to be the next movie that I wanted to make and I started, basically in that same breath, I started to prepare, because I would need as long as humanly possible to make this transformation.
17 I've learned that the happiest houses are not always the cleanest houses. As a single working parent, you're always asking yourself, 'What's the most important thing right now?' I'd rather concentrate on my daughter.
18 [on developing a screen characterization] I hope I'm nowhere to be seen.
19 I don't think things through very often - I don't project into the future about how a situation will turn out. Even the simplest things, I'm guilty of making really bad decisions a lot of the time. In my work it's a capacity that's served me well, but in my life it can be a problem.
20 [on advice she got from Philip Seymour Hoffman after committing to playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] I've committed to this awful thing of playing Marilyn Monroe. His advice was: 'If there's even a whiff of the icon, things get much less interesting.'
21 [on Marilyn Monroe] Contradiction is always a neat thing in any human being. And maybe it was the extremes in her that made her so irresistible, but also made her life so painful - because you can't portray those dramatics without experiencing them first.
22 [on playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] If I knew then what I know now about how many people have opinions about her, I don't know if I would have been brave enough to say yes to the role. I'm certainly not going to please everyone. So I only felt bound by a responsibility to her, to my relationship with her, to my imagination of her. Not to anybody else.
23 [in "Elle" magazine, talking about her short "pixie" hairstyle] What Matilda would love is for her mum to grow out the cropped hair, though that's unlikely to happen any time soon. I've really grown into it - I feel like myself with short hair. And it's been a really long time since I had long hair, five years. Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends. Straight men across the board are not into this hair! I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.
24 I often dream of quitting acting. Walking away and becoming a laundress or a sous chef or maybe writing other people's love letters for a living.
25 I was raised on all those princess fairy tales and I'm a romantic; I want to be a one-man girl.
26 [on Marilyn Monroe and playing her in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] I wish that I could play her for the rest of my life. Because when can you say that you've really solved the riddle? When can you say that you really know her? Her deepest desire was to be taken seriously as an actress, but she doesn't really shine in her serious roles. Where she happens to shine is in comedy and in song and dance, but she denied that. She essentially said, 'It's not what I'm good at'. She didn't know it, but she clearly was incandescent.
27 [on why she is drawn to stories about romantic love/relationships] - Relationships have always seemed very mysterious, and therefore worth exploring. I'm single, so it's still kind of a mystery-a worthwhile mystery, one that I want to be on the scent of. I'm not lonely, and I think that has a lot to do with what's on my bedside table rather than what's in my bed.
28 [on playing "Glinda the Good Witch" in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)] I think I'd forgotten somewhere along the line that work could be fun, and this is really fun. And it's much nicer to exist in the space of a good witch who grants wishes and tries to help people than in the space of a human mess, like pretty much all the characters I play.
29 [on the death of her former fiancé, actor Heath Ledger] Three years ago, it felt like we didn't have anything, and now my life-our life [her and her daughter's] has kind of repaired itself. Look, it's not a perfectly operating system - there are holes and dips and electrical storms - but the basics are intact. It's changed how I see the world and how I interact on a daily basis. It's changed the parent I am. It's changed the friend I am. It's changed the kind of work that I really want to do. It's become the lens through which I see life-that it's all impermanent. For a really long time, I couldn't stop touching people's faces. I was like, 'Look at you! You move! You're here!' It all just seemed so fleeting, and I wanted to hold on to it.
30 [on paparazzi and having her daughter being subjected to any of it] You feel like you're in the zoo...that's what seems the most rotten thing about it to me. And I'm going to do everything in my power to make her feel safe and protected, and to extend her childhood for as long as possible.
31 [on beauty and the experience of playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] The expectation to be beautiful always makes me feel ugly because I feel like I can't live up to it. But I do remember one moment of being all suited up as Marilyn and walking from my dressing room onto the soundstage practicing my wiggle. There were three or four men gathered around a truck, and I remember seeing that they were watching me come and feeling that they were watching me go - and for the very first time I glimpsed some idea of the pleasure I could take in that kind of attention; not their pleasure but my pleasure. And I thought, Oh, maybe Marilyn felt that when she walked down the beach...it was lovely to connect with that happy, free Marilyn I knew as a little girl.
32 [on trying to gain weight and preparing to play Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] Unfortunately, it went right to my face. So at some point it became a question of, Do I want my face to look like Marilyn Monroe's or my hips? ... It felt like being reborn. It felt like breaking my body and remaking it in her image, learning how she walked and talked and held her head. None of that existed in my physical memory, and I knew I needed as much time as possible to make it part of me.
33 [on preparing to play Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] I'd go to bed every night with a stack of books next to me. And I'd fall asleep to movies of her. It was like when you were a kid and you'd put a book under your pillow hoping you'd get it by osmosis.
34 [on taking on the role of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011)] As soon as I finished the script, I knew that I wanted to do it, and then I spent six months trying to talk myself out of it. But I always knew that I never really had a choice. I've started to believe that you get the piece of material that you were ready for.
35 I feel like something has changed for me, but it's a new change, so it's going to be hard for me to describe. Maybe it has something to do with turning 30. I don't feel as shy or nervous or self-conscious. I have more confidence that I can handle what life brings me. I don't feel scared to have an idea and express it. I feel giddy about it because it's a complete transformation. It's like I've found my voice.
36 I think [Vladimir] Nabokov once said that genius is finding the invisible link between things. And that's how I choose to see life. Everything's connected, and everything has meaning if you look for it.
37 I love things that are old and beautiful and tell a story, even if it's a sad one.
38 I started acting as a child in Community Theatre but I didn't do any serious stuff. It was all musicals like Annie and Wizard of Oz. I was always in the chorus. But now I just sing lullabies. I'd really like to be part of a troupe like that again. There are enough actors living in my Brooklyn neighborhood to start one.
39 I'm a glutton for punishment! I won't let myself shrink away from a challenge. While my mind is saying, "Retreat, retreat, retreat!" my heart is already there and that's what ultimately wins.
40 I find myself saying this all the time during every movie I make, "Why is this is so hard?" And I realize yes it is. Every movie I make I find kind of excruciating. I get a lot back from it, but I feel like I'm kind of always working at the edge of my ability. I guess that's what I'm looking for when I go to work. I am trying to become the edge.
41 I like to do weird things in the shower, like drink my coffee, brush my teeth and drink a smoothie. It's good time management.
42 [on Heath Ledger's death in 2008] In a strange way, I miss that year, because all those possibilities that existed then are gone. It didn't seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear from behind a bush. It was a year of very magical thinking and, in some ways, I'm sad to be moving further and further away from it.
43 It's all so personal, isn't it? It's hard to talk about work without talking about things that are personal. Work is personal. I don't want to talk about my personal life, but it's on my mind, and it's in my work.
44 For so long, I felt like a walking open wound everywhere I went. There's this Joan Didion quote about being afflicted from an early age with a presentiment of loss. Did I come into the world like that? Or was I kind of gifted that?
45 [on her former partner, Heath Ledger] His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still.
46 I can't watch myself [in movies]. I used to think I was cool. Now, my standpoint is that I can't be fair. So I can't pass any judgment.
47 [on working on her film Timemaster (1995)] It was so awful. We turn the 'M' upside down and called it Timewaster.
48 Outside of the business during a dry spell, I scooped ice cream at a country fair, and I ate more than I sold. Making a cone is difficult, and I lost so many scoops into the chocolate swirl.

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