Angelina Jolie's "First They Killed My Father" has been picked to represent Cambodia as the Southeast Asian nation's contender in the foreign-language Oscar category.The film, an adaptation of Loung Ung's survivor tale, is a drama set during the brutal Khmer Rouge era. It had its premiere last month at the Telluride film festival, where it received largely positive coverage.The awards selection announcement was made by the Cambodian Oscar Selection Committee.Jolie holds dual U.S. and Cambodian nationality and has adopted a...
Angelina Jolie used her commanding screen presence to become one of the most famous actresses in the world and a ubiquitous force in American pop culture, from the big screen to the tabloids.
For a woman who has captivated audiences since the moment she stepped into the spotlight, Jolie has somehow managed to grow in stature through the years, evolving from the bad-girl rebel of her early roles into a larger-than-life director, producer, and humanitarian. She is an A-list star who commands eye-popping salaries, an increasingly confident director-producer who can steer her passion projects to the screen, and a tireless advocate for women’s issues and human rights. Jolie was named a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012.
Born in Los Angeles, Jolie earned a string of supporting and starring roles at an early age before her Oscar-winning breakthrough in “Girl, Interrupted.” In 2001 she starred in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” which established her as an action hero, and rocketed to international fame with the likes of action-comedy “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” She made her feature directorial debut with “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”
While many of the headlines she generated in 2017 had to do with her high-profile split from fellow star Brad Pitt, the focus is slowly returning to her work. Up next for her is “First They Killed My Father,” a Cambodian drama she directed for Netflix.