Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Jodie Foster should be president’

Jennifer Lawrence would like to see Jodie Foster as the next U.S. president.
The 26-year-old Oscar winner said Jodie would “have my vote for President” as she handed the actress-turned-director a lifetime achievement honour at the Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Friday (28Oct16).
Jodie, 53, was given the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film, and Jennifer hailed the former child star for breaking down barriers in Hollywood.
“I was lucky enough to be directed by Jodie in a movie called – wait for it – The Beaver,” she joked, recalling her stint in Jodie’s film featuring Mel Gibson as a man who communicates through a puppet shaped like a beaver.
“Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest visionaries of all time once said, ‘If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed’. But even Stanley Kubrick wouldn’t have the b***s to direct a feature film starring a hand puppet,” Jennifer said to huge laughs from the audience.
Introducing Jodie to the stage, The Hunger Games star then quipped, “Please welcome my vote for the next president of the United States.”
Describing the impact Jodie had on her during filming, she recalled, “I was new to the industry and was scared of fame turning me into a weirdo. But when I would watch Jodie – the smart, solid, rational person who treated everyone around her with complete respect and who was never fake – I knew there was hope.
“I see a brave woman in a scary place. It reminded me of a woman who went behind the lines and started directing when it was not trendy for women to do such a thing,” Jennifer added.
Jodie, who was joined at the ceremony by her wife Alexandra Hedison, said as she accepted her award, “I can look to my wife Alex and say, ‘This is what I get to do for a living’. Thank you for letting me stick around and I’m not done yet.”
The awards celebrate British talent in Hollywood, and among those recognised at the ceremony on Friday were comedian Ricky Gervais, Felicity Jones, Ewan McGregor and Samuel L. Jackson.
The Hateful Eight star was visibly moved as he received Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for worldwide contribution to entertainment.
Samuel said: “I got lucky. I continue to work. Fortunately, Hollywood found me at the time I needed to be found when I finally got my life together. It’s amazing, the trip I’ve been on.”