DDoes Jacki Weaver have authority here? Unlike his namesake Jackie Weaver – the head of the board turned viral star – no one would ever dare to question the credentials of this formidable Australian actor, twice Oscar nominee and nearly 60 years in the business.
Weaver was an established star in Australia, better known for her work in theater and film than on television (surprisingly, she never ventured into soap operas) long before she achieved worldwide fame for her performance in as the terrifying matriarch in the 2010 film Animal Kingdom.
Two years later, she received her second Oscar nomination, this time for playing Robert De Niro’s wife — and Bradley Cooper’s mother — in Silver Linings Playbook.
Next: another high-profile role, as the mother of Mark Wahlberg’s boxer-turned-priest in Father Stu, this time married to another tough guy: Mel Gibson.
Weaver played an early role in Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock and was mentored by Michael Powell. Recent films include The Five-Year Engagement, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Netflix smash Bird Box, as well as Melissa McCarthy’s vehicle Life of the Party and some James Franco-directed films about the cinema, The Disaster Artist and Zeroville.
So ask your questions for this hardy romantic and stage and movie star, who wrote in her memoir, “’Promiscuous’ implies I’m not picky. In fact, I am very demanding. I happened to have a lot of choices.
Comments will close at midnight UK time (2300 GMT) on May 1 and Weaver’s responses will be published in Film & Music next Friday.