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Annette Bening’s Award-Winning Career

Posted January 24, 2011 to photo album "Annette Bening’s Award-Winning Career"

Since appearing in her first film, Annette Bening has also been a main stay of Award ceremonies, regularly winning awards for her performances.

The Kids Are All Right (2010): Golden Globe Winner
The Grifters (1990): Sexy and Comic
Bugsy (1991): Tough and Vulnerable
The American President (1995): Luminous
American Beauty (1999): Scathingly Funny
Being Julia (2004): Beauty, talent and charisma
Running With Scissors (2006):
Mrs. Harris (2006):
Mrs. Harris (2006):

Mrs. Harris (2006): "Brittlely Accurate"

The same year that Annette Being was nominated for her film work in Running with Scissors, the Golden Globe acknowledged her exemplary work in TV, nominating her for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Mrs. Harris. Phyllis Nagy’s docudrama about Jean Harris, the woman made infamous in Diana Trilling’s true-crime account Mrs. Harris: The Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor, cast Bening in the title role of the elegant lady and murderer. Once again Bening demonstrates not so much her talent for playing arch and deranged, but making such characters, who could easily come across as camp or cruel, truly human. As Robert Abele notes in his L.A. Weekly review:  “This kind of brittlely accurate performance is something to watch in the hands of an actress like Bening, who seems incapable––even during the film's most blackly humorous moments––of a false, Fatal Attraction–like note.”