Friday, October 3, 2014

Twice a Best Actress: Jodie Foster

Week 2 of the Twice a Best Actress Blogger Roundtable from Fisti at A Fistful of Films takes on former child star/director/respected actress Jodie Foster. I've been a fan of the actress since I was young and saw her for the first time in Maverick (Shut up! She's good in it!). Foster has a total of 4 career Oscar nominations and has been working so long in the entertainment industry that she's already received the Cecil B DeMille award (considered a lifetime achievement award) at the Golden Globes when she was only 50. Concentrating more on working behind the camera in recent years, the past couple of times she's stepped in front as an actress haven't exactly been her best work. (Seriously, if someone can explain what she was going for in Elysium, I'd love to know. She was on a completely different planet, literally.) So it's nice to look back on her two wins and remember what a great actress Jodie Foster can be. (Both her Best Actress winning performances are streaming now on Netflix Instant Watch, so make sure to watch the performances now and leave comments!)

Jodie Foster
Best Actress 1988

Glenn Close Dangerous Liaisons*
Jodie Foster The Accused
Melanie Griffith Working Girl
Meryl Streep A Cry in the Dark
Sigourney Weaver Gorillas in the Mist

My Thoughts on Foster as Sarah Tobias in The Accused: "Foster tackles the adult subject matter with the skill of a seasoned professional, never backing away from showing the hurt, humiliation, and anger that Sarah feels in the aftermath of the incident..." (Click here for the complete write-up) B

Best Actress 1991

Geena Davis Thelma & Louise
Laura Dern Rambling Rose
Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs*
Bette Midler For the Boys
Susan Sarandon Thelma & Louise

My Thoughts on Foster as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs: "Foster excels in showing Clarice's conflict of emotions, her psychological pull to a perceptive man who is essentially a monster..." (Click here for the complete write-up) B+

*My choice for Best Actress winner

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