Williams and Chloƫ Sevigny appeared in the second segment, which revealed bitter divisions in the feminist movement during 1972.

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Wendy and Lucy, an acclaimed small-budget, low-key drama directed and co-written by Kelly Reichardt, follows Wendy, a drifter looking to start a new life, searching for her dog Lucy after a series of setbacks.

Unlike others, including the director, Williams did not find the film depressing. I find them comforting because they make me feel less alone." As the lead actress of Wendy and Lucy, she enjoyed the documentary style of the film.

She appeared in the HBO television movie sequel If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000).

Presented in three segments, it follows lesbian couples in different time periods.

After viewing The Station Agent, casting director Avy Kaufman suggested to Lee that he cast Williams as Alma.

Williams returned with The Hawk Is Dying (2007), also starring Michael Pitt.On Broadway, Williams appeared in a revival of the musical Cabaret in 2014 and a revival of the play Blackbird in 2016.She received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination for the latter.She won a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011), which also garnered her BAFTA, SAG, and Academy Award nominations.In 2016, she received wide acclaim for her performance in the drama Manchester by the Sea, earning her nominations from the BAFTA, SAG, and Academy Award ceremonies.It tells of George (played by Paul Giamatti) trying to find meaning in his life by training a wild red-tailed hawk.