PARK CITY, Utah — A lot has changed since the days of "Dawson's Creek." Joshua Jackson is off fighting a war between parallel universes on "Fringe." Katie Holmes is busy trying to get her husband down from that stupid couch. James Van Der Beek is ... somewhere.
But perhaps the most impressive arc of the old "Dawson's" gang belongs to Michelle Williams. Since wrapping up her role as troubled teen Jen Lindley on the WB series, Williams has racked up two Academy Award nominations, for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Blue Valentine." Very soon, she could be looking at her third, as many onlookers consider her a lock for a Best Actress nod for her work in "My Week With Marilyn," a role for which she's already won a Golden Globe.
Though her days on the "Creek" are long behind her, Williams' work has not gone unnoticed by her former co-stars. MTV News spoke with "Lay the Favorite" star Jackson at the Sundance Film Festival, where he expressed his joy in seeing his old friend's success in the awards circuit.
"It's surreal in that it would be surreal to see any of your friends [up for an Oscar]," he said. "It's amazing. She's an excellent actress."
Still, Jackson doesn't sound surprised by Williams' continued awards buzz.
"Of all of us, when we finished that show, she was the one who had the clearest idea about what it was that she wanted to do," he said. "To be able to go out and achieve that is no small feat. I just think it's wonderful."
That said, Jackson joked that Williams must be getting a bit tired of all the attention from Oscar voters: "You think she would be bored of it by now. She has to do a guns and explosions movie. 'Come on! Enough! Quit giving me these awards!' "
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