ARIANA VENTURICompulsive Liar
Ariana is one of the great young actresses of today. She recently garnered critical acclaim and a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart alongside Jeff Bridges, further exemplifying her talent and versatility as an actress. Following rave reviews out of the 2002 Sundance competition for her starring role opposite James Spader in Secretary, she went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress, a Chicago Film Critics’ Award for Most Promising Performer, a Boston Film Critic’s Award for Best Actress, a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance, and an IFP/Gotham Breakthrough Performance Award. Ari made her feature film debut in 1992, alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in Waterland. This was followed by a memorable performance as “Raven,” the satan-worshipping make-up artist in John Waters’ quirky Hollywood satire, Cecil B Demented, which led her to a co-starring role in Donnie Darko, a fantasy-thriller about disturbed adolescence.