Lois Smith’s award season campaign is heating up. The veteran performer is being talked about as a possible best supporting actress contender for her work in last summer’s acclaimed science-fiction drama “Marjorie Prime.” She’ll be hitting the trail armed with some key career retrospectives.
From Friday Oct. 20 through Oct. 22, the American Cinematheque will host a film series honoring the actress entitled “A Lois Smith Primer,” consisting of three double features that cover important stops in her film resume. Smith is a character actress who first shared the screen with James Dean in “East of Eden.” In “Marjorie Prime,” Smith plays an elderly woman who is comforted by an avatar of her dead husband. Smith also has a supporting turn this year in “Lady Bird.”
The six films in the series, presented as double-features over three nights are: “Twister” (1996) and “Minority Report” (2002) on Friday, “Marjorie Prime” (2017) and “East of Eden” (1955) on Saturday, and “Five Easy Pieces” (1970) and “Next Stop, Greenwich Village” (1976) on Sunday.
Along with Smith, director Jan de Bont will attend the screening of “Twister.” The screenings will be held in Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre.
In addition, the Windsor International Film Festival will present its lifetime achievement award to Smith.
“Lois Smith is one of the finest actresses we have working today. In a career that has spanned more than 60 years, it is incredible to see her doing her most accomplished, luminous work in this year’s ‘Marjorie Prime,’” said Vincent Georgie, executive director of the festival.
The tribute and award presentation will take place on Saturday Nov. 4, followed by a screening of “Marjorie Prime.” This is the second time that the festival has presented a lifetime achievement honor. It gave the same award to “Fiddler on the Roof” and “In the Heat of the Night” director Norman Jewison in 2014.