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NAOMI WATTS (Ann Darrow) received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress for her role in Alejandro Gonzáles Iárritu'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, D.C. Area Film Critics Association and San Diego Film Critics Society, as well as Best Actress nominations from the SAG, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association and International Press Academy. At the film's premiere at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, she received the Audience Award (Lion of the Public) for Best Actress. She was also honored by the Palm Springs International 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 brought her Best Actress awards from a number of critics' organizations, including the National Society of Film Critics. In addition, she received the National Board of Review's Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress in 2001, 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 has been filming nonstop and has an extensive list of upcoming releases, including John Curran's The Painted Veil, starring opposite Edward Norton. Last year alone Watts had an impressive list of movie roles: We Don't Live Here Anymore, opposite Laura Dern, Peter Krause and Mark Ruffalo (on which she also served as producer); The Assassination of Richard Nixon, opposite Sean Penn and Don Cheadle; and David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees, with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman. More recently, she was seen starring in Stay for Marc Forster, opposite Ewan McGregor and Ryan Gosling, and in The Ring Two, the sequel to the 2001 blockbuster The Ring. In addition, Watts also starred in and produced the full-length independent film Ellie Parker, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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 in 2002, she starred 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 also 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.

Watts currently resides in Los Angeles.


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