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MICHELLE WILLIAMS (Annie/Glinda) received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance as iconic Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn," opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. For this role she also received Best Actress awards from the Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit and Washington, D.C. film critics societies, the Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe Best Actress honors, in addition to nominations for England's BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Prior to her acclaimed work as the 1950s screen siren, Williams was seen in Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" opposite Ryan Gosling. Her performance also earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations and her fifth Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Her breakout performance came in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), for which she collected her first Oscar nomination (Best Supporting Actress) as well as a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, in addition to SAG, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Williams was again nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2007 for Best Female Lead for her performance in Wim Wenders' "Land of Plenty." In her first collaboration with Kelly Reichardt on the director's critically acclaimed independent film "Wendy and Lucy" (2009), Williams' moving and evocative performance as Wendy garnered a Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Performance, Female and her third Independent Spirit Award nomination.

In 2004, Williams shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Thomas McCarthy's "The Station Agent." In 2005, she was honored by the Motion Picture Club as Female Star of Tomorrow.

Williams' other film credits include her second collaboration with director Kelly Reichardt, "Meek's Cutoff," Martin Scorcese's "Shutter Island," Sharon Maguire's "Incendiary," Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York," Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," Ethan Hawke's "The Hottest State," Sandra Goldbacher's "Me Without You," Andrew Fleming's "Dick" and Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz," which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

On television, the Montana native starred opposite Chloƫ Sevigny in Martha Coolidge's HBO movie "If These Walls Could Talk 2." She also starred as Jen Lindley on The WB's hit television series, "Dawson's Creek."

On stage, Williams received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Varya in Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. 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 Tracy Letts' drama, "Killer Joe."

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