awards & nominations

American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Kathy Bates as "Iris"

While investigating a series of murders in Los Angeles, Detective John Lowe receives an enigmatic tip that points him to Hotel Cortez, a haunted hotel that is run by The Countess. Built in 1930 by psychotic James March, the art-deco building is filled with dead ends, secret rooms and other mazelike obstacles that were intended to hide the architect's murderous activities. As part of the continuing evolution of the show's cast, Grammy winner Lady Gaga joins in the role of The Countess while franchise alumni Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are among the returning stars.

Emmy (Primetime) (2016)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

American Horror Story (2013)

Kathy Bates as "Madame Delphine LaLaurie"

With more than 300 years having passed since the Salem witch trials, the women who managed to escape that time are now facing extinction. They have recently been the victims of an increasing number of attacks that have forced girls to be sent to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Alarmed by the recent events and harboring a secret agenda, long-absent Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of her generation, comes back into town to help protect the coven and destroy anyone who gets in her way.

Emmy (Primetime) (2014)WonOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Kathy Bates as "Gert"

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist. Vacationing in Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), he has taken to touring the city alone. On one such late-night excursion, Gil encounters a group of strange -- yet familiar -- revelers, who sweep him along, apparently back in time, for a night with some of the Jazz Age's icons of art and literature. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Warm Springs (2005)

Kathy Bates as "Helena Mahoney"

After polio threatens his political career in the early 1920s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Kenneth Branagh) desperately searches for a cure to his newly acquired disease, hoping to regain the use of his legs. He learns of a promising spa in Warm Springs, Ga., and travels there, only to find it dilapidated. Determined to overcome polio, Roosevelt invests in the spa's revitalization and sets about recovering, aided by the support of his wife (Cynthia Nixon) and physical therapist (Kathy Bates).

Emmy (Primetime) (2005)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

About Schmidt (2002)

Kathy Bates as "Roberta Hertzel"

Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. To begin with, he is retiring from a lifetime of service as an actuary for Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, and he feels utterly adrift. Furthermore, his only daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is about to marry a boob. And his wife Helen (June Squibb) dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.

Academy Award (2002)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2002)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

My Sister's Keeper (2002)

Kathy Bates as "Christine Chapman"

Christine Chapman (Kathy Bates) suffers from schizophrenia, and is unable to live without the assistance of her mother, Helen (Lynn Redgrave). Christine's younger sister, Judy (Elizabeth Perkins), has avoided taking care of Christine growing up and is now living in a different city. But when their mother dies, Judy suddenly finds that she is Christine's caretaker. The self-centered Judy is now forced to reevaluate her priorities, while Christine continues her own quest for independence.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Annie (1999)

Kathy Bates as "Miss Agatha Hannigan"

In this TV version of the Broadway musical, classic comic strip character Annie (Alicia Morton) is rescued from the misery of Miss Hannigan's (Kathy Bates) orphanage by Grace Farrell (Audra McDonald), whose employer, curmudgeonly tycoon Oliver Warbucks (Victor Garber), has decided to take in an orphan for Christmas. The search for Annie's biological family begins in earnest when Warbucks decides to offer a cash prize to her parents -- if they will only reveal themselves and return to her.

Emmy (Primetime) (1999)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (1999)NominatedBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries