Australian actress Jacki Weaver eerily captures the role of Janine "Smurf" Cody in the new David Michôd film
Animal Kingdom. The thriller follows the Cody family, a group of hardened criminals who have a leak from inside. Weaver is the matriarch within the pack of killers—and though she's dangerous, maintains her air of motherly charm. Her recent Golden Globe nomination is a testament to her performance, which has been given high praise among top movie critics. The LA Times says Weaver, a relatively unknown actress in the U.S., has "
made a name for herself" with
Animal Kingdom. But the 63-year-old actress is superstitious, telling the media that she is avoiding the "O-Word" to avoid
jinxing a nomination.