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Toni Collette was an Academy Award nominee for her performance in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense; a Tony Award nominee for George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party; and has thrice been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, most recently for Bharat Nalluri's miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Little Miss Sunshine.
The latter movie, one of the biggest sleeper hits of this decade, also earned her a BAFTA Award nomination. With her fellow actors from the Academy Award-winning film, she shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Ms. Collette's first Golden Globe Award nomination came for her memorable performance in one of the breakout hits of the previous decade, P.J. Hogan's Muriel's Wedding. Her work in the title role earned her the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Actress. She has since won three more AFI Awards, for her portrayals in Sue Brooks' Japanese Story, Rowan Woods' The Boys, and Jerzy Domaradzki's Lilian's Story; and been nominated twice more, for her work in Curtis Hanson's In Her Shoes and Mark Joffe's Spotswood.
She shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors from Stephen Daldry's The Hours, who included Eileen Atkins, Claire Danes, and Meryl Streep (all from Evening). Ms. Collette's performance in The Hours won her Best Supporting Actress honors from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics (with the latter award given in tandem with her performance in Chris and Paul Weitz' About a Boy).
Her other features include Douglas McGrath's Emma; Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine; Norman Jewison's telefilm Dinner with Friends; Roger Michell's Changing Lanes; Jeff Nathanson's The Last Shot; Karen Moncrieff's The Dead Girl; and, also for Evening producer Jeffrey Sharp, Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener.
Born and raised in Australia, Ms. Collette studied there at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In addition to the aforementioned The Wild Party on Broadway, her stage credits include productions with the Belvoir Street Theater and the Sydney Theater Company.