Annette Bening: Built for longevity

Sophia Wesley
Sophia Wesley
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Annette Bening, 65, nominated for a lead Oscar for her performance as marathon swimmer Diana Nyad in “Nyad,” has shown she is in it for the long haul.


Distance in miles ofNyad’s 2013 age-, exhaustion- and shark-defying swim between Cuba and Florida, as depicted in “Nyad.”


months between Bening’s first Oscar nomination in 1991 in supporting for “The Grifters,” and her latest and fifth total nomination. The “Nyad” nomination also marks the …


… timeBening — married to actor-director Warren Beatty for more than three decades — was nominated for a performance as a lesbian character, after “The Kids Are All Right” (2010).


Bening dropped out of “Batman Returns” (Michelle Pfeiffer famously took over the Catwoman role) due to pregnancy, prompting speculation her newly white-hot career might lose momentum. But …


…Bening was back in the Oscar race nine years later with a lead nomination for “American Beauty.”


“Beauty” won five Oscars and nearly swept the major categories. Bening, despite winning a SAG Award and a BAFTA, lost to Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”).


Bening won a Golden Globe and other awards for “Being Julia,” but Swank again took the lead actress prize, this time for “Million Dollar Baby.”

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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