Jodie Foster Receives Oscar Nomination Decades After Her First At 14 With ‘Taxi Driver’


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Jodie Foster earned an Oscar nomination ahead of the award ceremony in March for her role as swim coach Bonnie Stoll in Netflix’s Nyad. The movie is a biopic about Diana Nyad, who achieves her lifelong dream of long-distance swimming at 60.

Foster’s nod from the Academy Awards came decades after her first in 1977. She played the role of a teenage prostitute alongside Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the crime noir film Taxi Driver. Foster was only 14 when she got her first Oscar recognition, making her one of the youngest acts to achieve that.

Jodie Foster earns another Oscar nomination 47 years later

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NYAD, Jodie Foster, 2023. ph: Kimberley French / © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

At 61, Foster is getting recognized again, and she applauded herself for representing “women that are taking agency, have power, are complicated, and messed up and are not on one path” in her films. “They grow throughout the show. That arc of change is always very important to me,” she added.

Foster, who is on the award list with Barbie’s America Ferrera, The Color Purple’s Danielle Brooks, The Holdovers’ Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Oppenheimer’s Emily Blunt, also pointed out that she “didn’t really make a career of playing the mother of, sister of, girlfriend of and this is just another extension of that.”

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TAXI DRIVER, Jodie Foster, 1976

Looking back on the ’70s

During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and shortly after reuniting with her co-stars De Niro and Scorsese at the 81st Golden Globes, Foster looked back on her first Oscar nomination as Jimmy displayed a throwback photo from the event. “He was the cutest boy in my class. You’re out there somewhere, Todd,” Foster responded, referring to the boy in her photo.

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MAVERICK, Jodie Foster, 1994. © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection

She also recalled De Niro and Scorsese being concerned for her at the time due to her age. “I understand because I was 12, and they had to say things like, ‘Can you pull his fly down?’ It was a little awkward,” she explained. “Scorsese particularly couldn’t stop giggling every time we talked, then De Niro had to take over.”


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