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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 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].