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NAOMI WATTS (Lila) received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress for her role in Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's 21 Grams, in which she starred alongside Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro. Her performance also garnered Best Actress Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Washington Area Film Critics and San Diego Film Critics, as well as Best Actress nominations from the SAG Awards, BAFTAs, Broadcast Film Critics and Golden Satellites. At the film's premiere at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, she received the Audience Award (Lion of the Public) for Best Actress; and she was honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Watts earned widespread acclaim for her work in David Lynch's controversial drama Mulholland Drive, which premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and which brought her Best Actress Awards from a number of critics' organizations, including the National Society of Film Critics. In addition, she was named the Female Star of Tomorrow at the 2002 ShoWest Convention, and received the Breakthrough Acting Award at the 2002 Hollywood Film Festival.

Watts stars in director Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, opposite Adrien Brody and Jack Black. She will soon begin production on John Curran's The Painted Veil, starring opposite Edward Norton.

In 2004, Watts starred in the features We Don't Live Here Anymore, opposite Laura Dern, Peter Krause and Mark Ruffalo – for which she is also a producer; The Assassination of Richard Nixon, opposite Sean Penn and Don Cheadle; and David O. Russell's I (Heart) Huckabee's, with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman. Earlier this year, she starred in The Ring 2, the sequel to Gore Verbinski's 2001 blockbuster, The Ring, in which she also starred. In addition, Watts starred and produced the independent film Ellie Parker, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

In 2003, Watts starred in the Merchant-Ivory production Le Divorce, in which she joined an ensemble cast, including Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing. and starred in Gore Verbinski's box office hit The Ring. Other film credits include Undertaking Betty and Ned Kelly.

Born in England, Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14 and began studying acting. Her first major film role came in John Duigan's Flirting. Watts produced and starred in the short film Ellie Parker, which screened in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and for which she received the Best Actress in a Short Film Award from the Method Fest.

On the small screen, Watts starred in the cable movie The Outsider, for director Randa Haines. Her other television credits include the BBC drama The Wyvern Mystery, opposite Derek Jacobi; the NBC telefilm The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer; the HBO movie Persons Unknown, Timepiece, starring James Earl Jones; and the Australian miniseries Brides of Christ.


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