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Catherine Keener '83 receives Oscar nomination for Capote role

Keener wins Oscar nomination for best supporting actress

Catherine Keener '83 has won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the film Capote, which has received four other nominations including "Best Picture."

Keener plays writer Harper Lee, who accompanies her childhood friend, Truman Capote, to Kansas as he prepares to research what will become his best-known book. The role was one of several in which movie audiences saw Keener this year; she also appeared in The 40 Year Old Virgin; the Interpreter, and The Ballad of Jack and Rose. Variety recently named her "one of the most reliable character actresses now working."

The Academy's other nominees for supporting actress are: Amy Adams in Junebug, Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener, Frances McDormand in North Country, and Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain.

In 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.

Keener's Capote honor marks the Wheaton graduate's second Oscar nomination. She was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in the surprise film hit Being John Malkovich in 1999. (The Quarterly profiled Keener in 2000 on the heels of her first Oscar nomination.)

Other films in which Keener has appeared include Full Frontal, Death to Smoochy, Your Friends & Neighors, Walking and Talking, Out of Sight.

Wheaton recognized Keener's accomplishments as an actress by awarding her an honorary degree in 2003.

The Oscars will be presented March 5 from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC.