Holly Hunter has been nominated for four Academy Awards® for the films Broadcast News, The Firm, The Piano and Thirteen. In 1993, Hunter won the Academy Award and the award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in The Piano.
In 2007, Hunter made her television series debut in TNT’s edgy drama, Saving Grace which has earned her nominations for two Emmy® Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards® and a Golden Globe® Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Other television credits include ABC’s When Billie Beat Bobby which earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie for Hunter, and Showtime's Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her.
In 1987, Hunter was nominated for her first Academy Award for her portrayal of a driven career-woman producer in the feature film Broadcast News. For this role, she received the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, The National Board of Review Award and the Berlin Film Festival Award, all for Best Actress.
In 1993, Hunter received the Academy Award for her performance as a mute Scottish widow in Jane Campion’s The Piano. For this role, she received the Cannes Film Festival Award, The British Academy Film Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Board of Review Award and a Golden Globe Award, all for Best Actress. That same year, Hunter garnered an Academy Award nomination for her performance as the investigative secretary in The Firm.
In 2003, Hunter was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a mother dealing with her daughter’s wild and rebellious behavior in the film Thirteen, directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Other film credits include Levity, Nine Lives, Jesus' Son, The Incredibles, Little Black Book, The Big White, Home For the Holidays, Copycat, Once Around, Always, Raising Arizona, Crash and A Life Less Ordinary.
Hunter has appeared in numerous stage plays. In 1982, Hunter made her Broadway debut in Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart followed by The Wake of Jamey Foster. Hunter co-produced and starred in Beth Henley’s Control Freaks and produced Ray Barry’s Mother Son at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles.