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Jacki Weaver’s Oscar playbook depends on the Aussies

2013 WGAw Writers Guild Awards - Press Room

2013 WGAw Writers Guild Awards - Press Room

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Updated: March 25, 2013 6:22AM



If Jacki Weaver loses the best supporting actress statuette on Sunday, there could be serious payback.

“A lot of Australians are really excited about the fact that this is my second Oscar nomination. If I don’t win, I think there could be an international incident,” says the “Silver Linings Playbook” star with a laugh.

“We could have a breach in our international agreements. We’ve been really good trading partners up until now.”

The 65-year old Aussie who found stardom later in life was nominated in the same category two years ago for her stunning turn in “Animal Kingdom.”

There is nothing like Oscar experience to inform your next time up to bat.

“My main goal is to make sure the shoes I’m wearing are really comfortable. You never see the shoes under a long dress,” she confides. “Plus, there is nothing worse than being in crippling shoes.”

Playing a tolerant mom in “Silver Linings Playbook” put Weaver in a film that has touched people’s lives.

“I think we can all identify with complex family issues,” she says. “This is a working-class family. The man has lost his pension because of economics. The husband has obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe anger management disorders.

“The son is in the same boat and is bipolar,” she says. “The film has made an amazing impact on people who are dealing with mental health issues because they have families dealing with this day in and day out. They want to fit in.”

Letters sent to the film’s stars and producers have made her cry. “Thousands of people have written to us,” she reports, “saying that they felt as if they never belonged until they saw this movie.”

When Weaver heard she made the Oscar cut, she was in bed at a hotel in Texas, where she’s filming the JFK drama “Parkland” with Zac Efron.

“Suddenly, there was my picture on the TV screen,” she recalls. “I uttered a long expletive and then ran around like a lunatic punching the air.”

Careers don’t stop for Oscar. Weaver next stars in “Stoker,” opening Friday.

It’s about a young woman (Mia Wasikowska) whose father dies, and then the various relatives come out of the woodwork to help her and her unstable mama. Weaver plays a kindly aunt alongside fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman as the mom.

“I love Nicole,” Weaver says. “Apart from her being gobsmackingly beautiful, she’s a very sweet lady and a good woman.”

A married grandmother of two who still lives in Australia, Weaver leads a sweet life now. She’s happy stardom came late for her.

“I’m able to cope with fame,” she says. “I’m also able to cope if the success doesn’t continue. I can be sanguine again. I’ll be fine.

“I won’t be shattered if all of this goes away,” she says. “If I was 35 instead of 65, I might be shattered.”

Though she left her last Oscar experience empty-handed, it wasn’t shattering. It was exhausting.

“I was surprisingly calm given that there is so much lead-up to the big night,” she says. “The Oscar is the culmination of 20 gala events.

“What I didn’t know is that it takes about an hour to walk down that Oscar red carpet. My husband was with me, and he estimated that I spoke with 60 different reporters. It’s like a military operation. I was just so overwhelmed, a little apprehensive and a tad bit frightened.

“This time I just want to enjoy it.”

And win?

“Remember, there will be an international incident,” she teases.

Big Picture News Inc.



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