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SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

b>MICHELLE WILLIAMS' (Claire Keen) performance in Ang Lee's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as Best Supporting Actress nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, and BAFTA. She also won a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for her performance.

In 2004, Williams shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors from Thomas McCarthy's THE STATION AGENT for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2005, Williams was honored by the Motion Picture Club as Female Star of Tomorrow. Williams was most recently nominated for 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in Wim Wenders' LAND OF PLENTY.

Williams' other film credits include Marcel Langenegger's DECEPTION, Todd Haynes' I'M NOT THERE, Dan Harris' IMAGINARY HEROES, Richard Ledes' A HOLE IN ONE, Ethan Hawke's THE HOTTEST STATE, Julian Goldberger's THE HAWK IS DYING, Sandra Goldbacher's ME WITHOUT YOU, and Andrew Fleming's DICK.

On television, Williams starred opposite Chloƫ Sevigny in Martha Coolidge's critically acclaimed HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk 2. She also had a six-year run as Jen Lindley on the WB's hit television series Dawson's Creek. The series premiered in 1998 and remained one of the WB's top-rated shows throughout its run.

On stage, Williams received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Varya in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also achieved critical acclaim for her run in Mike Leigh's Smelling A Rat at the Samuel Beckett Theatre and her off-Broadway debut in Killer Joe. Upcoming films for Williams include Sharon Maguire's INCENDIARY opposite Ewan McGregor, Lukas Moodysson's MAMMOTH opposite Gael Garcia Bernal, and Derek Cianfrance's BLUE VALENTINE opposite Ryan Gosling. In addition to SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, Williams has a second film debuting at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Kelly Reichardt's WENDY AND LUCY, which premieres in Un Certain Regard.

Williams is currently in production on Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND, with Leonardo DiCaprio.

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