Art and Experience: Jodie Foster will be this year’s recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the October ceremony, it was announced on Monday.
“It seems fitting that in this 40th Anniversary year of both ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Bugsy Malone,’ we are honoring Jodie’s remarkable trail-blazing career at the Britannia Awards,” said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, in a statement. “It takes a rare and special talent to launch an international career with two amazingly different performances, and Jodie’s choices as an actor and director have continued to earn a deserved reputation as one of the most versatile professionals of our time.”
Foster’s 50-year career started at age three as “The Coppertone Girl” in the television commercial, but it was her role as Iris “Easy” Steensma in “Taxi Driver” (1976) that gained her world-wide recognition. Her most prominent roles in film have landed her four Academy Award nominations and she won twice for lead actress for “The Accused” (1988) and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Foster has also been a regular on a number of television series, including “Mayberry RFD,” “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “My Three Sons,” and “Paper Moon.”
Foster’s most recent roles include narrating for “Makers: Women Who Make America” (2014), Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt in “Elysium” (2013), and Penelope Longstreet in “Carnage”(2011). She also directed two episodes of Netflix’s series “Orange Is The New Black” (2013-2014), one episode of “House of Cards” (2014) and the George Clooney-Julia Roberts starrer “Money Monster” (2016).
Foster joins past recipients Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington. Other honorees at the ceremony will include Ang Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Ewan McGregor and Felicity Jones.
The ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.