Michelle Williams picks up her second consecutive lead actress Oscar nomination

24 January, 2012

Oscar photo-op

Oscar photo-op


Oscar nominated Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh

Oscar nominated Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh


Michelle Williams picks up her second consecutive lead actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn,” in which she plays the troubled sex symbol during the production of “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Laurence Olivier. Williams earned a lead actress nomination for 2010’s “Blue Valentine” and a supporting actress nod for 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain.” She won the Golden Globe early last week for lead actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for the “Marilyn” role.

Belfast-born Kenneth Branagh was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar category for My Week with Marilyn. Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar nod comes after his BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn. This tells the story of the creen icon’s arrival in Britain to film The Prince and the Showgirl and of the fraught relationship between the American actress and the British stage star.

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