Michelle Williams is enjoying her third Academy Award nomination. Though she is an underdog the "My Week with Marilyn" star could pull a surprise when the winners are announced on Sunday, February 26. Even if she doesn't win the future seems bright for the former "Dawson's Creek" star. She has easily outshined her fellow actors from that show in terms of big screen success. Here is a look at the best roles so far in the young career of the Oscar nominated actress.
Williams received her first nomination as a lead actress in the 2010 film "Blue Valentine." She stars opposite Ryan Gosling as a couple dealing with their failing marriage. We get to see two versions of the blonde beauty in this film. She plays the happy woman that falls in love with her husband as well as the defeated wife that realizes how unhappy she has become. She nails all aspects of her performance.
While Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal created a lot of buzz in this movie about two cowboys that fall for each other, Williams deserves recognition as well. She played the jilted wife of Ledger's character in the movie. The look and expression of her character was a far cry from her normal roles as beautiful women. This movie was proof that she is a serious actress to be reckoned with. She also earned her first Oscar nomination for the supporting role.
As the mysterious figure that haunts Leonardo DiCaprio's character in "Shutter Island," Williams plays a very important part in the movie. While she maintains her good looks she shines through with an almost haunting presence. Without spoiling the end of the movie it is safe to say that Williams can play a chilling character without overacting.
"Wendy and Lucy"
There was no Oscar nod for her performance in this movie but Williams got a lot of love on the independent circuit. She sheds her blonde locks to play a woman with short, dark hair in this film. Her character attempts to travel to Alaska with her dog with little money. Her performance carried the movie from start to finish. For proof that the "Dawson's Creek" alum is lead actress material we can start with this movie.
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