If Jacki Weaver could turn up to next week's 85th Academy Awards barefoot and in jeans, she would be a very happy nominee.
Catty fashion critics shouldn't get too excited about the prospect. The Academy's dress code police can rest easy.
Weaver won't be in jeans and her tiny feet will be in designer shoes, but they will all have to wait until she steps out on the Oscar red carpet to see what Team Jacki has chosen.
Yes, that's Team Jacki.
The 65-year-old Sydney-born actress remains dinky-di in almost every aspect, but when it comes to getting dressed for a big Hollywood event, Weaver goes Hollywood.
"God I sound like a w*nker," Weaver shrieks with laughter during an interview with AAP.
Three top designers have sent Weaver sketches of potential gowns for the February 24 event, where Weaver, nominated for her performance opposite Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, is competing for the supporting actress Oscar against Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln) and Helen Hunt (The Sessions).
Weaver jokes she has little input in selecting the gown.
"It takes a committee now to get me ready for anything," Weaver said.
"I don't even put on my own shoes.
"There's three dressers, hair and make-up and the agent and manager who says, 'No, I don't like that. Don't do that'.
"I'm just a puppet.
"For a woman who is mostly barefoot in jeans, it's pretty funny."
The self-deprecating humour that automatically flows out of Weaver has charmed and confused the American media during her amazing transformation from relative nobody in Hollywood to one of the most in-demand and respected elder actresses.
"I keep telling Americans I'm like a stunned mullet and they have no idea what I'm talking about," said Weaver, discussing her reaction to earning the Silver Linings Playbook nomination just two years after her first nomination for Australian crime thriller Animal Kingdom.
"I heard one American reporter say to another, 'Apparently a stunned mullet is some kind of fish'."
It was Weaver's role in Animal Kingdom that caught the attention of Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, De Niro and Cooper.
They were looking for an actress to play Dolores Solitano - De Niro's wife and Cooper's mother.
The film is set in Philadelphia and the Sydney-born Weaver's Philadelphian accent is nearly as impressive as the way she blends into the all-star cast, holding her own with the acting heavyweights as Cooper's character, suffering bipolar disorder, is released from a mental health facility.
Russell (director of two-time Oscar winner The Fighter) said he was floored by Weaver's performance in the small-budget Animal Kingdom and when he was casting for Silver Linings Playbook, he discussed Weaver as a potential Dolores with De Niro and Cooper.
"The same year The Fighter was out, Animal Kingdom was out," Russell, also nominated for a directing Oscar, told AAP.
"That movie was amazing to me and her performance in particular was extremely striking and to Robert De Niro, myself and Bradley Cooper, we were all very psyched to get her to do this movie and were very happy to get her."
Jennifer Lawrence, who plays a young, troubled widow in Silver Linings Playbook, is the short-priced favourite to win the best actress Oscar.
Lawrence was also floored by Weaver's Animal Kingdom performance.
"I think anyone who wants to be an actress wants to watch her in that," Lawrence, 22, said.
"I rewound every scene she was in and was just blown away by her talent and then I met her and she is the sweetest and funniest, most wonderful woman."
Weaver is considered a 100/1 longshot to win an Academy Award next week, with Hathaway the runaway favourite at the slim odds of 1/50, but Weaver won't be forgotten in Tinseltown after the ceremony.
If there's a role - movie or TV - requiring an older woman, particularly a motherly (nice or nasty) type, she is among the top candidates.
US TV network CBS just announced Weaver would be the star of the pilot of its proposed new comedy series The McCarthys, playing the matriarch of a sports-crazed family in Boston. If the show becomes a hit, Weaver could be earning more than $US500,000 ($A485,400) an episode.
In the coming months and years, audiences will see Weaver in feature films including the horror-drama Stoker with fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, the drama Parkland with Zac Efron and Paul Giamatti and the horror film Haunt.
Weaver will likely leave another Academy Awards ceremony without a gold statuette, but she has already fulfilled a childhood fantasy.
During her Oscar campaign for Animal Kingdom in 2011 she told the newspaper USA Today about her love for Hollywood screen legend Esther Williams, even posing for the story with Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Williams heard about it and invited Weaver to her Los Angeles home for afternoon tea.
"I have loved her since I was a tiny girl - about five or six years old," Weaver said.
"I was actually thrown out of the Brownies in Bexley, in Sydney, because I wagged Brownies three weeks in a row to go to an Esther Williams festival.
"I took my shilling that was meant for Brownies to the festival to see Dangerous When Wet and Million Dollar Mermaid and Neptune's Daughter. I just wanted to be Esther Williams.
"When the Brownies found out, they said, 'We have no place in the Bexley chapter for a deceitful Brownie', so I was kicked out."
While sitting down with Williams, who turned 91 in November, Weaver was starstruck.
Williams was also impressed.
"She was divine," Weaver said.
"I was meant to stay for 20 minutes and I stayed for three hours.
"Her assistant said, 'Jacki was nominated for an Oscar and she has always wanted to be you'."She said, 'Oh honey. You're doing OK. I was never nominated for an Oscar'."
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