Way Back When: Jacki Weaver, Best Supporting Actress Nominee
Australian actress Jacki Weaver has been nominated for an Oscar for her supporting performance in ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ and while we didn’t take notice of her until 2010′s ‘Animal Kingdom,’ this veteran actress has been around for decades.
‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’
One of Jacki Weaver’s earliest roles was in the 1975 film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock,’ which tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of several Appleyard college students and their teacher from Hanging Rock. In the clip below, the gang start to notice that their watches have all strangely stopped working — Weaver is the young blonde.
In 1976, Weaver starred in the TV film ‘Alvin Purple,’ which follows the raunchy misadventures of a naive young man whom women find irresistible — he’s sort of like the Australian Austin Powers, but he’s not a spy or anyone special. Australian citizens blasted the film for being too obscene, so the filmmakers toned down the sex and nudity for the subsequent sequels.
This gangster movie follows Australia’s most notorious criminal, Squizzy Taylor, through 1920s Melbourne. Weaver stars as Dolly, and you can catch a few glimpses of her in the extended trailer below, wearing a lot of head wraps and hats. Weaver had made quite the name for herself in Australia at this point, though her roles were often minor and few. Still, there’s no mistaking her face in this video:
Weaver hadn’t worked as an actress for ten years when she appeared in the 2007 film ‘Hammer Bay.’ The movie is a faux documentary about the disappearance and murder of a 17-year-old girl in a small Australian town; as the police struggle to solve the case, a documentary crew begins an investigation of their own. Weaver plays the mother of the murdered girl in this clip: