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Frances McDormand has established a worldwide cinema audience with roles in a wide variety of films, including her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the Coen Brothers’ acclaimed Fargo. With the Coen Brothers, she has made four other films: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn’t There, and Burn After Reading,for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In addition to winning her Oscar as Best Actress, Ms. McDormand has been the recipient of three additional Academy Award nominations; these were for her performances in Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, and Niki Caro’s North Country.
Other films include Bharat Nalluri’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day; Nicole Holofcener’s Friends with Money (Spirit Award for Supporting Actress); Lisa Cholodenko’s Laurel Canyon; Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give; John Boorman’s Beyond Rangoon; Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road; Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s Madeline; Gregory Hoblit’s Primal Fear; John Sayles’ Lone Star; Alan Taylor’s Palookaville; Curtis Hanson’s Wonder Boys, opposite Michael Douglas; Michael Caton-Jones’ City by the Sea, opposite Robert De Niro; Mick Jackson’s Chattahoochee, opposite Gary Oldman; Sam Raimi’s Darkman, opposite Liam Neeson; Ken Loach’s Hidden Agenda, opposite Brian Cox; and Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (Venice International Film Festival Award and special Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast). Most recently, she was seen in Michael Bay’s blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon; Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place, opposite Sean Penn; the animated Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,directed by Eric Darnell, voicing the role of villainess Captain Chantel DuBois; and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
On Broadway, she received the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Other stage appearances include The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols on Broadway opposite Morgan Freeman; Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, directed by Stephen Daldry at NY Theatre Workshop; her Tony-nominated performance as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire; Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig,directed by Daniel Sullivan, at Lincoln Center Theatre; The Swan at The Public Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire (this time as Blanche) at the Gate Theatre in Dublin; and Dare Clubb’s Oedipus at the Blue Light Theater Company, opposite Billy Crudup. With The Wooster Group, she has performed in To You, The Birdie! and North Atlantic.