Annette Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee, two-time Golden Globe-winner, and two-time recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award. Her recent work on screen includes Michael Mayer's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull opposite Saoirse Ronan, in Mike Mills' 20th Century Women opposite Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup, and in Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply.
In 2011, Bening starred alongside Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in Focus Features' critical and commercial sensation The Kids Are All Right. Her role as Nic earned her a Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle award, as well as Oscar, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit nominations in the Best Actress category.
Bening also starred in the critically acclaimed film American Beauty, for which she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a BAFTA Award, and received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. For her role in Being Julia, Bening won the Golden Globe and the National Board of Review Award and received an Oscar and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Her other film credits include Danny Collins, The Search, The Face Of Love, Girl Most Likely, Ginger & Rosa, Ruby Sparks, Mother And Child, The Women, Running With Scissors (Golden Globe nomination), Mrs. Harris (Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild nominations), In Dreams, The Siege, The American President (Golden Globe nomination), Mars Attacks!, Richard Iii, Love Affair, Bugsy (Golden Globe nomination), Regarding Henry, The Grifters (Oscar nomination), GUILTY BY SUSPICION, VALMONT, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, and THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
Bening has been honored at the Deauville, Boston, Palm Springs and Chicago Film Festivals with Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as receiving the Donostia Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
She was last seen on stage in Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of 'King Lear' in summer of 2014. Her additional theater credits include 'Ruth Draper Monologues' at the Geffen Playhouse, Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' at the Mark Taper Forum, Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads' at the Tiffany Theater, Henrik Ibsen's 'Hedda Gabler' at Geffen Playhouse, and 'Medea' at UCLA.
Bening received both a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season for her role in 'Coastal Disturbances.' She graduated from San Francisco State University and was accepted by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she trained until she joined The Acting Company.