The Golden Globes have been handing out their prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award since 1952, when the honor's legendary director namesake took home the lifetime achievement honor for the very first time. DeMille was 70 years old when he was bestowed with the award, his 40-year career spawning epics like Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and The Ten Commandments.
This year, the award will go to an actress and director whose relatively short career has been equally impressive: Jodie Foster.
At 50, Foster will be the fourth youngest recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award. Younger recipients include 1958's Buddy Adler (age 48), 1967's Charlton Heston (age 43), and the youngest winner, 1962's Judy Garland, who was only 39 when she took home the all-encompassing career award.
Foster will join the ranks of modern Demille winners Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Morgan Freeman. She is also the first woman to be honored since Barbara Streisand in 2000.
Those are some heavy Hollywood hitters, but unlike most of her contemporaries, the 50-year-old Foster has been working for nearly her entire life. Foster found her first role at the age of three, starring in a commercial as the Coppertone baby. After jumping to TV, she quickly picked up the movie roles that would define her early career, like Disney's Freaky Friday and Scorsese's gritty drama Taxi Driver, a film that earned Foster an Academy Award nomination at the age of 15. She would eventually pick up the Best Actress award, twice in fact, for 1989's The Accused and in 1992 for The Silence of the Lambs (she found herself nominated a third time for 1994's Nell).
Through the '90s to the present, Foster has also established herself as a director. Her eclectic choices range from a horror episode of TV's Tales from the Darkside, the family drama Little Man Tate, the quirky Home for the Holidays, and the challenging portrait of mental illness, 2011's The Beaver. Foster will also direct an upcoming episode of the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black.
After stars and directors win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, their careers often continue to thrive — even more so in the case of past winners like De Niro (2011), Scorsese (2010), and Harrison Ford (2002). Foster has plenty on her plate for the future, including new directorial prospects and a role in the upcoming sci-fi flick Elysium. Has Foster done enough in Hollywood to earn a lifetime achievement award? You bet — but she also has plenty in the works that will add to her already monumental career.
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When we sat down with horror legend Bruce Campbell at this year’s New York Comic Con to discuss the upcoming remake of Evil Dead, he had some interesting things to say about his genre. “With your first movie,” Campbell began, speaking on the cult classic that launched his career, “at least in the horror genre, you don’t need name actors.” Any established fans of cinematic fright fests will recognize this to be true — a lot of scare flicks will cast young unknowns to play the roles of innocent victims, gallant heroes, and murderous victims alike. The fun comes in a few years later, however, when these former big screen strangers venture out to start prosperous careers of their own.
A lot of today’s big stars did, in fact, kick off their careers with horror movies. For a talented young performer seeking his or her big break, the genre has proven a ready platform. Here’s a quick breakdown of a few A-listers who got where they are thanks to a well-timed (sometimes ill-fated) faceoff with some denizens of our worst nightmares.
Where It All Began: Leprechaun
Who (or What) She Fended Off: Leprechauns, as you’d likely imagine.
How It Worked Out: She made it to the end — call it luck of the Irish.
Where It Got Her: Knee-deep in a trendsetting haircut and an on-off relationship to a paleontologist.
Where It All Began: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Who (or What) He Fended Off: The first big screen Inception-er, Freddy Krueger.
How It Worked Out: That was a lot of blood….
Where It Got Him: Tim Burton must have seen something particularly haunting in this unfortunate dreamer.
Where It All Began: Children of the Corn III
Who (or What) She Fended Off: A vegetative monster and its cult of possessed rural youths
How It Worked Out: Not a kernel of her was ever seen again….
Where It Got Her: A steady climb of the Hollywood ladder has made her one of the most valued stars of today, with acclaimed features like Young Adult and Prometheus under her belt.
Where It All Began: Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
Who (or What) She Fended Off: An undead Steve Buscemi
How It Worked Out: Hell hath no fury like a Donny scorned
Where It Got Her: I guess after killing her, Buscemi put in a good word with the Coen Brothers… the pair would meet again in The Big Lebowski, and Moore has enjoyed a flourishing career ever since — she will return to the genre in the forthcoming remake of Carrie
Where It All Began: Psycho Beach Party (technically, this was her second feature, not her first… but how can you pass up mentioning Psycho Beach Party?)
Who (or What) She Fended Off: Bloodthirsty slashers (and melanoma)
How It Worked Out: Forget the dozens of horrible deaths — she is brutally humiliated by her jerk boyfriend in front of the entire psycho beach party!
Where It Got Her: Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Jack Kerouac, Janis Joplin, Superman, Kermit the Frog… she turned out just fine.
Where It All Began: The Burning
Who (or What) He Fended Off: A camp counselor with fourth degree burns.
How It Worked Out: In order to make reparations for the mutilated caretaker, the judge decreed that Alexander become his butler. …Wait, no, that’s something else.
Where It Got Him: If you understood the above joke, then that proves how might this man’s legacy is.
Where It All Began: Critters 3
Who (or What) He Fended Off: Alien porcupines… the nation’s most pressing threat in 1991.
How It Worked Out: Well, there was no Critters 4, was there?
Where It Got Him: History’s third highest grossing picture to date, frequent collaborations with one of the most respected directors of all time, and — best of all — Growing Pains.
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With Shark Night 3D hitting theaters over the weekend, we took a look back at some of the more notable names who got their start in genre fare—and survived. Could Shark Night star Sarah Paxton could be the next Julia Roberts? The potential is there.
Angelina Jolie in Cyborg 2
Before rising to the top of the female action star pack with movies like Tomb Raider, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Salt, Jolie starred in the not-really-a-sequle-OK-we'll-call-it-a-sequel Cyborg 2. Alongside a quintessentially-'80s cast (including Jack Palance and Elias Koteas of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame), Jolie's debut role saw her as an assassin robot in the year 2047, who goes on the run after escaping from her training facility. Which is why she looks so angry.
Naomi Watts in Tank Girl
If you want to make it big in the states, prepare to knock out a few oddball pictures in your native country. That's how Naomi Watts did it, co-starring in the Australian post-apocalyptic comic book movie Tank Girl before moving stateside. In the movie she plays Jet Girl, partner in crime to the titular character who quests to find a group of secret Kangaroo super soldiers. Yup.
Julianne Moore in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
Often mistaken for the third film in the Creepshow franchise, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is another horror anthology written by horror novelists directed by a horror director. So, scary. Julianne Moore makes an early career appearance as a college student pissed off the wrong kid (in this case, young Steve Buscemi). He re-animates a few mummies to take care of her.
Charlize Theron in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Theron doesn't get any lines in her big screen debut, but maybe that's not a bad thing. As a nameless follower of the He Who Walks Behind the Rows cult, Theron goes unheard from in the franchise's final theatrical installment—but she does get to die at the hands of a giant corn monster. Someone saw that and thought, "Oscar potential."
Jennifer Aniston in Leprechaun
One of Anison's first roles saw her going head-to-head with Warwick Davis (Willow in Willow) as a pesky leprechaun with a vendetta against humanity. Glamorous? No. Lucky? Well, she's been working ever since, so don't underestimate the power of co-starring with a mythical, Irish dwarf.
Katherine Heigl in Bride of Chucky
Heigl is one of the lucky, working actresses who segued from child performer to leading lady with out too much trouble. To do so, she had to take the work she could get—and that meant starring alongside two murderous dolls in the fourth entry of the Child's Play franchise, Bride of Chucky.
Renee Zellweger in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
With last year's dumped release of the paranormal thriller Case 39, Zellweger may be in need of another kooky B-movie to rejuvenate her career. Why not a return to the franchise that made this career possible? One of Zellweger's earliest roles (along with Matthew McConaughey) was in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (aka The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre), which showed off the actresses' vocal powers nearly a decade before her Oscar win for the musical Chicago. To be fair, she was screaming, but it's practically the same.
Nicole Kidman in Watch the Shadows Dance
Watch the Shadows Dance is the Nicole Kidman ninja movie you never knew you needed. In the movie, a karate student defends himself after witnessing a murder committed by his sensei—and Kidman's along for the ride. Perhaps Kidman isn't particularly proud of her work in the film, as you can barely find traces of its existence, even on the Internet.
It’s already a bad day for Tom (Stephen Rea) an unemployed middle-aged business executive who’s about to enter the ranks of the homeless--but things are only going to get worse when the sun goes down. Brandi (Mena Suvari) a young nurse with a penchant for partying is driving home after celebrating an expected promotion when Tom crosses the street at exactly the wrong moment. Brandi hits Tom then rushes home in abject panic--all the while incidentally Tom’s body is stuck in her windshield and he’s still alive. While Brandi frantically dithers and deliberates how to extricate herself from this situation without consequences Tom is trying to physically extricate his broken body from Brandi’s windshield. What begins as a simple if unfortunate case of hit-and-run becomes a battle of wills between Tom and Brandi--one that crackles with intensity and irony. Both Suvari and Rea give tremendous performances. Rea's downtrodden dignity is enormously empathetic. His attempts to save himself--exemplifying his renewed will to live--are agonizing to watch but also rousing in their own way as this underdog fights against some pretty steep (and bloody) odds. Interestingly enough it’s also easy to empathize with Brandi’s predicament--for a time. Hitting Tom was an accident but when she goes into self-preservation mode Brandi’s actions become more and more horrific with the consequences growing exponentially. Suvari (also an associate producer) hasn’t had a role this good since American Beauty and she makes the most of it. There’s also a nice turn by Russell Hornsby as Brandi’s drug-dealing two-timing boyfriend Rashid who gets drawn into her scheme--much to his regret. Stuart Gordon whose H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator remains one of the premier cult films of the 1980s has lost none of his savage wit or his taste for dark humor. That this film is inspired by an actual incident only enhances its impact and its stinging irony. Truth is not only stranger than fiction it’s often stronger. Beyond the violence (sometimes extreme) and satire (sometimes overt) are some subtle yet potent observations about human nature--about not taking responsibility for one’s actions about not getting involved about covering up one’s mistakes. Stuck is not a preachy film but it’s frequently a penetrating one (no pun intended).