Jennifer Connelly

It feels almost pointless to remind people that an actress who’s been working for nearly thirty years and who has an Oscar is worth hiring, but we’re not sure that Jennifer Connelly is really getting her due from the casting types these days. Connelly first appeared as a child actress in Sergio Leone‘s “Once Upon A Time In America,” and followed it soon up with Dario Argento‘s “Phenomena” and Jim Henson‘s beloved fantasy “Labyrinth.” She graduated to adulthood with “The Hot Spot” and “The Rocketeer,” and, while things were quieter in the 1990s, it picked up towards the end of the decade with Alex Proyas‘ cult film “Dark City.” And as the 21st century arrived, she suddenly exploded, with a bruising, gaunt, powerful performance in “Requiem For A Dream,” and another with the strong but underseen “Waking the Dead.” And her ascent to the A-list was completed the following year when she won Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for playing Alicia Nash in Ron Howard‘s “A Beautiful Mind.” Connelly’s had successes since, most notably in “Little Children” and “Blood Diamond,” but more misses, including “Dark Water” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Her last few films have proven particularly dire with neither “Creation,” “Virginia,” “The Dilemma,” “Salvation Boulevard” or ‘Writers” proving especially popular with critics or audiences. Part of the issue may be that now she’s in her 40s, and Connelly’s hit that point where there are fewer and fewer plum roles for actresses of her age. But Connelly still has to be considered as one of the more pre-eminent actresses of her generation, and should really be getting better material, rather than just a string of wives and moms. Fortunately, some of her previous collaborators may be coming to the rescue. She’s got a key role in Darren Aronofsky‘s “Noah” as the missus of Russell Crowe‘s title character, and is following it up with “A Beautiful Mind” writer Akiva Goldsman‘s “Winter’s Tale,” also co-starring Crowe and alongside Will Smith and Colin Farrell. Hopefully it means the start of a third act to her career.

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