Michelle Ingrid Williams (born September 9, 1980) is an Academy-Award nominated American actress. After starting her career with television guest appearances in the early 1990s, Williams achieved recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on the WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek, from 1998 to 2003. Since the 2000s, the actress mostly appeared in dramatic independent films. A career highlight for Williams was starring in 2005’s controversial movie Brokeback Mountain, about a homosexual relationship in the 1960s. One of its eight Academy Award nominations was a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Williams. Williams’s performance as a drifter in 2008’s Wendy and Lucy earned her critical praise and her work opposite Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine (2010) led to the actress receiving another Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress. Upcoming films for Williams included playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011) and the 2013 3-D Oz: The Great and Powerful.