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At the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, Naomi Watts won the Audience Award [Lion of the Public] for Best Actress for her performance in 21 Grams.
She earned global acclaim for her lead performance in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, which world-premiered at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival. The portrayal earned her Best Actress awards from a number of critics' groups, including the National Society of Film Critics and the Chicago Film Critics Association. She was named the Female Star of Tomorrow at the ShoWest film industry honors, and received the Hollywood Discovery Award for Breakthrough Acting at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Ms. Watts' subsequent films have included Gore Verbinski's blockbuster hit The Ring, the Merchant Ivory production of Le Divorce, and (for Focus Features release) Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly (with Heath Ledger).
She will soon be seen starring alongside Laura Dern, Peter Krause, and Mark Ruffalo in the independent feature We Don't Live Here Anymore, which she also produced. Among her other upcoming movies are Niels Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon (again starring opposite her fellow 21 Grams actor, Sean Penn), David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees (with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman) and Marc Forster's Stay (with Ewan McGregor).
Born in England, Ms. Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14. Her first major film role came in Flirting, directed by John Duigan.
She produced and starred in the short film Ellie Parker, which screened in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.