ANNETTE BENING (Sue Barlow) was nominated for a 2000 Academy AwardÂ® and a Golden Globe for Best Actress/Drama for her role opposite Kevin Spacey in
American Beauty. She received an Academy AwardÂ® nomination and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review for her role in
The Grifters. Bening also garnered Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress/Musical or Comedy for her performance in Rob Reiner's
The American President, opposite Michael Douglas, as well as for Best Actress/Drama for her performance in Barry Levinson's
Bugsy, portraying Virginia Hill.
Bening's motion picture credits also include Neil Jordan's In Dreams; The
Siege, opposite Denzel Washington; Ian McKellen's adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard
III; Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!; Love Affair, with Warren Beatty and Garry Shandling;
Bugsy, also with Warren Beatty; Guilty By Suspicion, opposite Robert De Niro; Mike Nichols'
Regarding Henry, opposite Harrison Ford; and Milos Forman's Valmont. Bening also had a scene-stealing appearance in Mike Nichols'
Postcards from the Edge. She made her feature film debut in The Great
Outdoors, opposite Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.
A San Francisco American Conservatory Theatre alumna, Bening received a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season for her role in
Coastal Disturbances (originally at the Second Stage and subsequently on Broadway). Returning to her theatrical roots for the first time in ten years, Bening recently received critical acclaim and an Ovation Award nomination for Best Actress as Hedda Gabler in a revival of the Ibsen classic at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
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