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DailyBeast.com: Before They Were Nominated

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Michelle Williams

Now: Cindy, "Blue Valentine"



Then: Jen Lindley on "Dawson’s Creek"



San Diego-raised Michelle Williams was not a far cry from the character that brought her into the spotlight. The young actress emancipated herself from her parents at 15, the same year she landed on the hit teen drama "Dawson’s Creek." Through the series’ six seasons, Williams’ character was on the periphery of a legendary TV love triangle, allowing her the opportunity to appear in projects from the Watergate satire "Dick" to the acclaimed HBO movie If "These Walls Could Talk 2." “Being on 'Dawson's Creek' was kind of like being a mobster,” the now-30-year-old mom told PopEater. “You set up a shop selling pizza, but in the back you're laundering money. You're doing one thing in plain sight and secretly plotting something else. I was plotting my tastes, my interests, my beliefs and hopes for what I could be.” It didn’t take long for the independent-film industry to recognize Williams’ talent and in 2006, she earned her first Oscar nomination for her supporting role in "Brokeback Mountain," where she met Heath Ledger.

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