A year later, Bridges wowed critics in The Last Picture Show, netting his first Oscar nod (as Best Supporting Actor). He subsequently earned Academy Award nominations for Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Starman (1984) and The Contender (2000). Though Bridges was a fixture in counterculture cinema, he's also tackled fantasy, sci-fi, romance and cult films. He teamed with his dad for the 1988 biopic Tucker and with brother Beau in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).
Bridges enjoyed a resurgence with 2003's Seabiscuit and won his first Oscar and Golden Globe as Best Actor for his turn in 2009's Crazy Heart. The HBO telefilm A Dog Year brought him his first Emmy nod in 2010, and he lassoed another Oscar nomination in 2011 for his starring role in the remake of True Grit.