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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):
Running With Scissors (2006):

Running With Scissors (2006): "precise, pitiless tracing of her character’s decline"

In Ryan Murphy’s adaption of Augusten Burroughs’ memoir of growing up absurd, Annette Being plays the elegantly deranged mother of the lead actor. It’s a role that Bening makes both hilarious and heartbreaking. In his review for the New York Times, A.O. Scott singled her out: “Ms. Bening’s precise, pitiless tracing of her character’s decline from feisty defiance to pathetic, overmedicated self-delusion gives the film an emotional weight…” The Golden Globes again applauded Ms. Bening’s comedic and theatrical range, nominating her for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture [Musical or Comedy].