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Naomi Watts's performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams (also for Focus Features) brought her Academy Award as well as BAFTA, Critics's Choice, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, among other honors. Following the film's world premiere at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, she received the Audience Award (Lion of the Public) for Best Actress.
She earlier earned global acclaim for her double role 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, received the Hollywood Discovery Award for Breakthrough Acting at the Hollywood Film Festival, and won the Breakthrough Actress award from the National Board of Review.
Ms. Watts's other films include Peter Jackson's King Kong, for which she was named Actress of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle; Gore Verbinski's The Ring; Merchant Ivory's Le Divorce; John Curran's We Don't Live Here Anymore and The Painted Veil, which she also produced and co-produced, respectively; 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; and Michael Haneke's soon-to-be-released Funny Games, which she also executive-produced.
Born in England, Ms. Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14. Her first major film role came in John Duigan's Flirting.
She produced and starred in the short film Ellie Parker, which screened at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, and reteamed in those same capacities with writer/director Scott Coffey for a feature expansion that debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.