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Catherine Keener '83 wins Oscar nomination for Being John Malkovich role

Catherine Keener ’83 won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the surprise film hit Being John Malkovich. Keener plays the character Maxine, attractive, aloof and delightfully nasty to co-star John Cusack.

Catherine Keener '83 won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the surprise film hit "Being John Malkovich."

Keener plays the character Maxine, attractive, aloof and delightfully nasty to co-star John Cusack. Her performance in the role has already won her honors: The New York Film Critics Circle last month named her best supporting actress, and she received a Golden Globe nomination as well.

The Academy's other nominees for supporting actress are: Toni Collette in ``The Sixth Sense," Angelina Jolie in ``Girl, Interrupted," Samantha Morton in ``Sweet and Lowdown" and Chloe Sevigny in ``Boys Don't Cry."

In recent newspaper and magazine articles, Keener has talked about her first stage appearance, which occurred in a Wheaton production of Wendy Wasserstein's "Uncommon Women and Others."

The Wheaton graduate has appeared in more than a dozen films including "Your Friends & Neighors," as Ben Stiller's no-holds-barred girlfriend; "Walking and Talking," as Anne Heche's sweet, lonely friend and "Out of Sight," as George Clooney's wacky, chain-smoking ex-girlfriend.

The Oscars will be presented March 26 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC.