This week The Fablemans comes out in theaters. The film, a very personal tale from Steven Spielberg, is drawing Academy Award consideration. That’s especially true for Michelle Williams, who could be in the running to earn an acting nomination. This wouldn’t be her first go-around, as Williams is already a four-time nominee. Below, for this week’s binge, I look at some of her previous films, including her four nominated films.
Brokeback Mountain (2006)
About: Williams made headlines here, starring alongside Heath Ledger, with whom she had a personal relationship, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. It was a Best Picture nominee as a film, and Williams earned a Supporting Actress nomination. She gives a strong performance in a film that is sometimes hard to watch but brilliantly crafted.
Blue Valentine (2010)
About: Williams’ second nomination, this time in the Lead Actress category, comes for this dark relationship film opposite Ryan Gosling. Derek Cianfrance delivers a stirring and at times difficult to watch film about a couple’s relationship, including the way it spirals to the end. This requires a lot from Williams and Gosling, who give their all.
My Week With Marilyn (2011)
About: We got a Marilyn Monroe film in 2022, but 11 years earlier it was Williams in the role of Marilyn in this drama that earned her an Academy Award nomination. This focuses on the relationship between Marilyn and Lawrence Olivier during the production of The Prince and The Showgirl in 1957. I didn’t love the film, but Williams is quite good.
Manchester By the Sea (2016)
About: Williams’ fourth nomination—for Supporting Actress—came in this drama from Kenneth Lonergan. Williams doesn’t have a lot of screen time but it’s still a memorable performance where she makes the most of her time. It’s also a showcase for Casey Affleck, who won Best Actor for the film.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
About: No nomination for this one, but it’s one of the more fun films on Williams’ filmography. I enjoy the music and the showmanship here. Williams plays the with of Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum and seems to be having a lot of fun with this film.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.
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