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Katy’s Renee Zellweger Earns Best Actress Oscar Nomination

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS January 13, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy's Renee Zellweger received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her title role in "Judy". Winners will be announced at the 92nd Academy Awards, in Hollywood, on Sunday, February 9. Zellweger, a 1987 graduate from Katy High School, is one of Katy's most successful and recognized celebrities.

Zellweger (second from the right) with Coach Mike Johnston, Patty Henson, and Coach Gary Joseph at a Katy High School surprise appearance in 2016

This makes Zellweger is a four-time Academy Award-nominated actress and one-time winner (Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Cold Mountain"). She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Bridget Jones’s Diary" and "Chicago".

Born and Raised in Katy

Renee Zellweger was born in Katy and graduated from Katy High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad.

"Judy" Role Already Winning Awards

The award season is off to a great start for Zellweger, one of Katy’s biggest celebrities. She is getting rave reviews for her portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy". The actress has already won the Best Actress award for her role at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Zellweger is listed among other talented actresses for the biggest acting award of the year.

The Academy Award Best Actress nominees are:

· Cynthia Erivo, "Harriet"

· Scarlett Johansson, "Marriage Story"

· Saoirse Ronan, "Little Women"

· Charlize Theron, "Bombshell"

· Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Past Success

Zellweger previously earned accolades at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Critics’ Choice Awards.

Zellweger Awards Include:

Academy Award:

Best Actress in a Supporting Role, "Cold Mountain" (2004)

Golden Globe Award:

Best Actress , Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, "Chicago" (2003) and "Nurse Betty" (2001)

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture - "Cold Mountain" (2004) and "Chicago" (2003)

Screen Actors Guild Award:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, "Chicago" (2003)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, "Chicago" (2003)

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role, "Cold Mountain" (2003)

Critics' Choice Award:

Breakthrough Artist, "Jerry Maguire" (1996)

Best Acting Ensemble, "Chicago" (2002)

Best Supporting Actress, "Cold Mountain" (2003)

Remembering Katy Roots

Through her success, Renee Zellweger never forgets her Katy roots.

She taught Jimmy Fallon, the host for "The Tonight Show," her old Katy Junior High cheer.

On the program, Zellweger also referenced Katy's Midway Meat Market and the importance of Friday night football games.

Tune in to the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9 on ABC at 7 p.m.

Learn about more Katy celebrities here.


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