ANNETTE BENING (Zelda) is a two-time Golden Globe winner and star of the 2010 critical and commercial sensation The Kids Are All Right, alongside Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Her role as Nic earned Bening Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle awards. She received nominations for the Oscar, SAG, Critics Choice and Independent Spirit awards in the Best Actress category. More recently, Bening appeared in Ruby Sparks, alongside Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan and Antonio Banderas, and Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa, with Elle Fanning. Next up for Bening is The Face of Love, co-starring Robin Williams and Ed Harris.
For her role in American Beauty, Bening received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. This performance also earned her SAG and BAFTA awards. Bening played the title role in Being Julia, a role that marked her third Oscar nomination. For this performance, she was also named Best Actress by the National Board of Review, won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy and received a SAG Award nomination.
Bening has been honored with lifetime achievement awards at the Deauville, Boston, Palm Springs and Chicago film festivals. She also received the Donostia Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Most recently, Bening was honored with the Actress of the Year award at the Hollywood Film Festival and the American Riviera Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Bening made her feature-film debut in the comedy The Great Outdoors, alongside Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. For her role in The Grifters, Bening received her first Academy Award nomination and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review. She was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in Rob Reiner's The American President, opposite Michael Douglas. Running with Scissors netted Bening yet another Golden Globe nomination.
Other film credits include Mother and Child, The Women, In Dreams, The Siege, Mars Attacks! Richard III, Love Affair, Bugsy, Regarding Henry, Guilty by Suspicion, Valmont and Postcards from the Edge.
On the small screen, Bening starred in the HBO film "Mrs. Harris," with Ben Kingsley. Her performance earned Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe award nominations.
An award-winning stage actress, Bening has amassed theater credits that include the Anton Chekhov play "The Cherry Orchard" at the Mark Taper Forum in 2006 and Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads" at the Tiffany Theater. She also played the title role in Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" at the Geffen Playhouse. Bening appeared in "Medea" at UCLA and "The Female of the Species" at the Geffen. For her role in "Coastal Disturbances," originally at the Second Stage, then on Broadway, Bening received a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for the outstanding debut performance of the season.
Born in Topeka and raised in San Diego, Bening was enrolled at a local college when she got a job as a dancer in a pre-show outside San Diego's famed Old Globe Theater. This led to a walk-on in a Shakespearean production and two plays with the San Diego Repertory Theater.
Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and was accepted by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she trained until joining the acting company. She appeared in both summer Shakespearean festivals and regional productions until her career took her to New York.