Oscar Nominated, Jennifer Jason Leigh is an actor known for her fierce, honest and risk-taking performances. Leigh has received six separate career tributes: at the Telluride Film Festival in 1993, a special award for her contribution to independent cinema from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2002, and a week-long retrospective of her film work held by the American Cinematheque at Los Angeles’s Egyptian Theatre in 2001. A week long tribute in 2016 American Cinematheque at the Aero theatre in Santa Monica and a two part retrospective in 2017 at the Almo Drafthouse in New York.
She has worked with many of our most brilliant and independent directors, including Robert Altman, Short Cuts and Kansas City, the Coen Brothers, The Hudsucker Proxy, Alan Rudolf, Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle, David Cronenberg’s, eXixtenZ, Sam Mendes Road to Perdition, Jane Campion, In the Cut, Todd Solondz Palindromes, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York and Anamolisa, Quentin Tarrentino The Hateful Eight and most recently the Safdie Brothers, Good Time.
In 2016 Leigh Starred in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Leigh’s performance received multiple awards and nominations, including her third Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1990, Leigh made a significant career breakthrough when she was awarded New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayals of two very different prostitutes: in Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Miami Blues.
In 1994 for her work in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination and a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, as well as Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.
In 1995 for the Film Georgia, directed by Ulu Grosbard and produced by Leigh, and penned by her mother, Barbara Turner, Leigh won New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and Best Actress from the Montreal World Film Festival, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
In 2001, Leigh co-wrote and co-directed The Anniversary Party, with Alan Cumming Leigh and Cumming jointly received a citation for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review, and were nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
In 2016 Leigh broke history becoming the first actor to receive an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for a voiced performance in an animated film, Anomalisa, by Charlie Kaufman, and also received an Annie Award Nomination. Anomalisa was first performed as a radio play at Royce Hall in 2005.
Leigh recently starred in Adam Garland’s Annihilation and Rob Reiner’s LBJ, playing Lady Bird Johnson opposite Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Baines Johnson. Currently Leigh stars in the Netflix dramedy Atypical, and Showtime’s TV adaptation of the Edward St. Aubyn novel series, Patrick Melrose, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch
This fall, Leigh stars in the crime drama White Boy Rick starring alongside Matthew McConaughey and Bruce Dern.
Other films include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Barbet Shroeder’s Single White Female, and Taylor Hackford’s Delores Claiborne. Lili Fini Zanuck’s Rush, Ron Howard’s Backdraft, Christopher Guest’s The Big Picture, Brad Anderson’s The Machinist, Agnieszka Holland’s Washington Square Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the wedding (spirit award nomination Best Supporting Actress, muse award2007) and Greenberg which she also co wrote and produced, The Spectacular Now, Hateship Loveship Friendship. Theatre credits include Broadway,: Sam Mendes Cabaret 1999, and David Aubum’s Proof, 2001, House of Blue Leaves 2011, Off Broadway: in the American premier of Mike Leigh’s Abigails Party 2005 Lucille Lortel nominatioin, and Sunshhine at Circle Rep.
Jennifer Jason Leigh will give a Masterclass on June 17th at 3:30PM at the PublicisCinémas (free event followed by a screening - 7€ - ).
Free entrance, subject to availability.
Champs-Élysées Film Festival will also screen a retrospective of her movies :