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See Collette's roles through the years

Shaun Harrison
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As the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards draw near, we look back at the careers of the lead acting nominees.
2 of 9 The Kobal Collection

Muriel's Wedding

Collette got her big break in this 1994 comedy, playing the titular character, an ugly ducking who dreams of a glamorous wedding. She won an Australian Film Institute award for her performance.
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The Aussie co-starred as the unsophisticated Harriet Smith in this 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
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The Sixth Sense

Collette earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her turn as Haley Joel Osment's mother.
5 of 9 Universal Pictures

About a Boy

Collette earned a BAFTA nomination for her performance as Fiona Brewer, mother of Marcus Brewer, the young boy Hugh Grant's character, Will, befriends in this adaptation of Nick Hornby's book.
6 of 9 20th Century Fox

In Her Shoes

In yet another film adaptation of a book, Collette played Rose Feller, a lawyer who has nothing in common with her free-spirited sister, Maggie (Cameron Diaz), except for their shoe size.
7 of 9 Fox Searchlight

Little Miss Sunshine

Collette earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for her performance as overworked matriarch Sheryl Hoover. The cast, which included fellow 2010 Emmy nominee Steve Carell, won the SAG award for best ensemble.
8 of 9 HBO

Tsunami: The Aftermath

Collette received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work in this 2006 miniseries that focused on the events following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
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United States of Tara

Collette has won multiple awards — an Emmy and a Golden Globe — for her role as Tara Gregson, a housewife with dissociative identity disorder.