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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):
The American President (1995): Luminous

The American President (1995): Luminous

As Sydney Ellen Wade, the effervescent environmental lobbyist who happens to collide romantically with President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) in Rob Reiner’s political romantic comedy The American President, Annette Bening reveals a new dimension—her vulnerable, human side. Having mastered tough-as-nails and sultry-as-hell, Bening’s portrayal of a woman surprised by love is utterly endearing. Roger Ebert summed it up: “Bening is simply luminous; I had hoped to conduct my career as a film critic without ever once writing that a smile "illuminates the screen," but something very like that happens here. Looking around, I noticed the audience smiling back.” And the Golden Globes also smiled back, nominating her for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture [Comedy/Musical].