It was followed that year by the neo-noir crime thriller Mulholland Falls, which featured the murder of Allison Pond (Connelly), mistress of General Timms (John Malkovich), and the investigation by a group of detectives led by Maxwell Hoover (Nick Nolte).New York magazine wrote about a clip that reveals the link between Timms and Pond: "This footage is actually dirty.In 2002, Connelly won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for her supporting role as Alicia Nash in Ron Howard's 2001 biopic drama A Beautiful Mind.Her subsequent credits include the 2003 Marvel superhero film Hulk where she played Bruce Banner's love interest Betty Ross; the 2005 horror film Dark Water; the 2006 drama Blood Diamond; the 2008 science fiction remake The Day the Earth Stood Still; the 2009 romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You; and the 2009 biopic drama Creation.
Connelly prepared for the role by renting an apartment in the building where the character lived.
During her time in the apartment, Connelly isolated herself, painted, listened to music that she considered that her character would, designed clothes, and used the time to reflect about addictions and their origin.
Connelly also talked to addicts and attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings with a friend who was in recovery. Connelly, too, whittled herself down to a new weight class, and it's her performance that gives the movie weight, since her fall is the most precipitous.
Connelly gained public recognition with Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth with David Bowie, in which she played Sarah, a teenager on a quest to rescue her brother Toby from the world of goblins.
Although a disappointment at the box office, The New York Times, while noting the importance of her part, panned her portrayal: "Jennifer Connelly as Sarah is unfortunately disappointing. She looks right, but she lacks conviction and seems to be reading rehearsed lines that are recited without belief in her goal or real need to accomplish it." Stephen Schaefer wrote for USA Today, "Anyone looking for proof that little girls do grow up fast in the movies should take a gander at curvaceous Jennifer Connelly [...] in The Hot Spot.