Naomi Watts: Academy Award Best Actress Profile #3

by Paul on January 30, 2013

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In “The Impossible” (2012) Naomi Watts gives an emotional roller coaster of a performance that has completely captivated audiences around the world. In the film, her family travels to Thailand for their Christmas holiday and they are Naomi Watts (2012)forced to overcome some of the worst odds possible when a tsunami hits, sending the entire family in different directions. Watts’ performance is so touching and consuming that it is exhausting to even sit through the film. One can’t even imagine how overwhelming it must have been to actually be the one acting in these scenes. Although all of the actors in this film do an outstanding job, Naomi Watts is so stirring and unbelievably powerful that long after the credits have rolled you can lay in bed just thinking about her performance, and what a remarkable actress Naomi has become.

Naomi Watts has quietly turned into one of the greatest actresses working today. Her rise to stardom wasn’t an overnight Naomi Watts success, but slowly and carefully Naomi worked her way through about a dozen small parts before she was received her breakthrough role in David Lynch’s neo-noir “Mulholland Drive” (2001). In the eleven years since, Naomi has proven to be a much desired actress, especially when it comes to the most innovative directors. She worked with Gore Verbinski on his psychological horror film “The Ring” (2002), and she co-starred alongside Kate Hudson in James Ivory’s comedic “Le Divorce” (2003). Also in 2003, Naomi starred in the brilliant Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film “21 Grams”. It was the first of three films she has made with Sean Penn, and her unbelievably moving performance earned her the first Academy Award nomination of her career. After earning so much critical acclaim for that role, Naomi found the biggest co-star in Hollywood history, starring in the Peter Jackson epic update of “King Kong”Naomi Watts (2005). After her successful turn in that blockbuster movie, she returned to the smaller films where her uncompromising acting continued to thrive. She starred in David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises” (2007), Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” (2010), Doug Liman’s political drama “Fair Game” and Clint Eastwood’s bio-pic “J. Edgar” (2011).

Her continued excellence in acting seems to have no limits, and in her pursuit of finding the most challenging roles possible, we will be able to see her later this year in the bio-pic “Diane” (2013), starring as the Princess of Wales. Based on her acting ability, there’s a good chance we will be seeing more of Naomi Watts at next year’s Academy Awards as well.

You can learn more about this year’s Best Actress nominees here:

Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012)

Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour” (2012)

Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012)

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