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