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Jodie Foster: Back in the awards swim

An illustration of Jodie Foster as her "Nyad" character.
Look for Jodie Foster to join this season’s supporting actress Oscar race.
(Illustration by Natalia Agatte / For The Times)
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With her acclaimed supporting performance in “Nyad” as Bonnie Stoll — coach, friend and grounding force to distance swimmer Diana Nyad — Jodie Foster, 61, has returned to serious awards contention after years away.

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Foster has received four Academy Award nominations — one supporting (“Taxi Driver,” 1976), three lead (“The Accused,” 1988; “The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991; and “Nell,” 1994).

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Foster won for “The Accused” and “Silence of the Lambs.”

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A win for “Nyad” would put Foster in the rarefied group of performers with three or more acting Oscars, alongside Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Daniel-Day Lewis, Frances McDormand, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Katharine Hepburn (who won four).

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The gap in years between Foster’s second and third Oscars would be the largest among three-or-mores, although Streep (29) comes close.

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Foster’s age when she received her first nomination. She is …

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... on the list of youngest supporting actress nominees in history.

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The span of years between Foster’s “Taxi Driver” and potential “Nyad” nominations stuns until you consider that perma-spoiler Hepburn’s first and final nominations were 48 years apart. And she started later.

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two-time Oscar winners have headlined HBO’s anthology series “True Detective”: Mahershala Ali, and Foster, whose Alaska-set season, subtitled “Night Country,” premieres Jan. 14.

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Foster could become the first out LGBTQ+ person to win three acting Oscars.

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