Jodie Foster received her first Oscar nomination for playing Iris Steensma, a teenage prostitute, in Taxi Driver.
Taxi Driver is an terrific, incredible film about violence. It's just astonishing in it's brilliance. The acting is really first rate, including Jodie Foster.
But, regardless of that, I still think Jodie Foster is giving a very good performance for someone very young. Her scene with DeNiro where she thinks he just wants to "make it" is fantastic because it shows Iris may be a smart hooker, but she's also just a little girl, who likes to be showed kindness. And then, their "date" is also a great moment for Foster to shine as she finally shows Iris's playful sensibility about herself.
Be as it may, I still think she played most of it all the wrong way. And the ending scenes don't feel nearly as effective as they should have. But, it's still an undeniably big part of the movie, and Foster adds so much playfulness and youth to the role of Iris, that it is very hard to ignore. Maybe not the best way of playing it, but a truly great performance nonetheless.