Sydney Play Hampers Jacki Weaver’s Oscar Campaign

Damn you commitments! In a recent interview with New York Mag, Animal Kingdom actress Jacki Weaver explains why a production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya has slowed her Oscars campaign for Best Supporting Actress. The play, starring Cate Blanchett and adapted by Andrew Upton for the Sydney Theatre Company, can’t function without her!

Says Weaver: “I’ve done publicity before, but not on the scale of what goes on in America. They flew me out to do some publicity for the movie before it opened, but since then I’ve been tied up with previous commitments in Australia. I’ve got this play until December. And it’s huge, because Cate Blanchett is in it, it’s been sold out for months. And we don’t have understudies. So I don’t know if I can get to America until early January. And it would involve canceling several shows or having somebody replace me, and I don’t know if they can.

Nooooooooo! Weaver was phenomenal as Animal Kingdom’s stoic crime family matriarch and we’d love to see an Australian win by way of an Aussie film. Can we clone her somehow? Heads together people.