Canada-born New Zealand actress Anna Paquin made her acting debut as child artist with the 1993 New Zealand film ‘The Piano.’ Her brilliant performance as Flora McGrath in the film sans any acting experience won her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at just 11 thus making her second-youngest Oscar winner in the history of the award ceremony. With time, she evolved as an accomplished actress and made her mark in films, television, and theatres.
Some of her notable works are the X-Men franchise; television series ‘True Blood’ (2008–2014) that won her a Golden Globe Award; television films like ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ (2007); and plays like ‘Roulette’ (2004).
She grabbed the role of Flora McGrath from among 5000 candidates. Anna’s journey in showbiz has been amazing, including several of her best roles that earned her huge acclaim apart from several awards and nominations. However, some of her works have also disappointed both critics and audiences.
Filmography of Anna Paquin includes popular TV series ‘True Blood’ and several top-grossing films like ‘X-Men’ (2000), ‘X2’ (2003), and ‘The Good Dinosaur’ (voice role, 2015) as also box-office failures like ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ (2001) and ‘Margaret’ (2011).
In 2023, mutants are pushed to the brink of extinction by Sentinels, robotic killing machines programmed to identify and exterminate them, as well as humans helping them. In a desperate attempt, Professor X, Magneto, Storm, and Kitty Pryde send volunteer Wolverine five decades back to stop a younger Mystique from attempting to assassinate Bolivar Trask, who created the Sentinels.
Inspired by writer-director Cameron Crowe's boyhood experiences, the film records the coming of age story of 15-year-old rock music enthusiast William Miller, who receives an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to write about up-and-coming band Stillwater. Despite his mother's concerns about drug usage and raunchy language, he joins the band on an enlightening tour that changes his life.
Monty has 24 hours before he begins his seven years of prison term for drug dealing. He decides to meet his father, catch up with his childhood friends, Jacob and Frank and meet his girlfriend Naturelle. During the time, he looks back at his life to understand why he is in his current situation.
Electively mute, Ada McGrath, arrives in New Zealand with her daughter Flora and her new husband, Alisdair Stewart. She expresses herself through her piano. But when Alisdair gives her piano to his friend Baines, she becomes cold towards him. Baines and Ada fall in love during piano lessons but all hell breaks loose when Alisdair finds out.
After brainwashed mutant Nightcrawler attempts to assassinate the President in the White House, it triggers an all-out military offensive led by fanatic scientist Colonel William Stryker, who abducts Professor Xavier to use him to kill all mutants with the device Cerebro. The rest of the X-Men must work together with arch enemy Magneto to stop Stryker.
Humans have a growing fear of mutants, who are born with unique genetic mutations, and employ various discriminatory practices to keep their powers in check. Professor Xavier advocates peace between the two groups and runs a school for "gifted" mutant children. However, his old colleague Magneto, who detests humans, steals one of Xavier's protégés to destroy humans.
With a high score in standardized exams and excellent basketball background, Jamal Wallace, a black teenager, gets admission in an elite school. Jamal comes in contact and makes friends with reclusive, unconventional Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Forrester, who becomes Jamal’s mentor and helps him hone his skills; at the same time, Jamal’s friendship urges Forrester to take positive outlook towards his life.
Based on true events of 1839, the film depicts the slave revolt led by Mende tribal chief, Cinque aboard, the Spanish slave-ship, La Amistad, traveling from Cuba to US. The chained African slaves take over the ship but reach US shore. A formerly-freed slave fights in the court for their freedom, while ex-president, John Quincy Adams, represents them in the Supreme Court.
After her mother passes away, Amy moves to Ontario to live with her father, who is an aviation expert. With his help, Amy helps a flock of orphaned geese head south for the winter.
The Squid and the Whale is an independent comedy-drama film which tells us the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in Brooklyn dealing with the divorce of their parents.
This black comedy war film takes us to the time of the Second World War. It revolves around the lives of few US soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. A criminal subculture operates among the men as they steal, fight, drink as well as sell drugs.
The third film of the X-Men series, the movie revolves around a 'cure', which can apparently turn any mutant into a regular human being. This leads to outrage, and eventually a war is seen to be imminent.
Lisa Cohen interacts with a bus driver, running alongside his bus, but this makes him distracted which leads to a fatal accident. Lisa accuses the driver of being responsible for the accident and the death of the woman who died in her arms. She files a lawsuit against the driver as well, but she ends up losing.
The fourth installment in the Scream franchise follows Sidney Prescott returning to Woodsboro on the fifteenth anniversary of the Woodsboro murders by the killer known as Ghostface. Unfortunately, her return also coincides with the return of Ghostface who starts killing again, putting Sidney and her loved ones in mortal danger.
High school hotshot, Zackary Siler’s popularity falls when his hot narcissistic girlfriend, Taylor, dumps him. To get back his popularity, he takes a bet with his friend Dean, that he can convert any high school girl into the Prom Queen. Zack has his work cut out when Dean selects unpopular introvert Laney Boggs.
A teen girl moves into a house located in the remote countryside along with her family. However, she soon discovers strange supernatural occurrences, which may be a result of a horrifying past. Before the supernatural forces can harm her family, she tries to unravel the mystery.
Also known as Castle in the Sky, the movie follows the young girl Sheeta who has been kidnapped by Colonel Muska. When Sheeta escapes and becomes friends with Pazu, a young boy, they are pursued by Muska and Captain Dola and her pirates who want to reach the mysterious floating city of Laputa and plunder its riches.
This animated sci-fi action film tells the story of Ray, a brilliant young inventor who receives a mysterious mechanical ball as a gift from his grandfather. However, it contains some strange revolutionary power, which leads to his life turning upside down. Meanwhile, other people are in pursuit of this ball as well, and their intentions may not be good.
A gentle young Apatosaurus, Arlo, finds himself far away from his home and family after he accidentally falls into a fast moving river. The way back to his home is not a simple one and as he journeys, he learns to conquer his fear and recognise his own capabilities. Helping him is his new friend – a wild human child named Spot.
Anna Paquin Awards
|The Piano||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||1994|
|True Blood||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama||2009|