Tilda Swinton celebrates her 59th birthday on November 5, 2019. The Oscar-winning actress has been a favorite of both the art house crowd and the multiplexes, consistently taking on challenging roles in both indie fare and box office hits. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.
Born in 1960 in London, England, Swinton got her start working with experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman, making her movie debut in the director’s “Caravaggio” (1986). She won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress in his film “Edward II” (1991), kicking off a decades-long romance between the actress and awards groups. She also showed her willingness to push herself in offbeat projects with daring auteurs, an edict that would lead to collaborations with Luca Guadanigno, Jim Jarmusch, Bong Joon Ho, Sally Potter, Wes Anderson and the Coen Brothers.
She took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Michael Clayton” (2007), for which she also won the BAFTA and reaped Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice nominations. She earned additional Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Critics Choice bids in Best Actress for “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011). Swinton competed at the Globes again in lead for “The Deep End” (2001), at BAFTA in supporting for “Burn After Reading” (2008), in SAG Ensemble for “Adaptation” (2002), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), and at the Critics Choice in supporting for “Snowpiercer” (2014). She’s also been a frequent presence at the Independent Spirits, reaping lead noms for “The Deep End” and “Only Lovers Left Alive” (2013), plus an Ensemble victory for “Suspiria” (2018).
Tour our photo gallery of Swinton’s 15 greatest films, including some of the titles listed above, as well as “Orlando” (1993), “I Am Love” (2009), “Doctor Strange” (2015) and more.
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