Best Actress 2014: Reese Witherspoon for Wild

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“How much more baggage will get me that second Oscar?” (Photo via Collider/Reese Witherspoon’s Twitter account.)

Oscar History: One win from one nomination
Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Walk the Line (2005)

Oscar Present?
Role: Cheryl Strayed, who embarks on a 1,100-mile hike to recover from her past

Festivals:

  • Telluride Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere
  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – International Premiere

Why? Witherspoon will be everywhere this season – between her acting and producing of Wild, her turn in The Good Lie, her producing of Gone Girl, and her supporting turn in Inherent Vice. Based on response thus far, Wild shows us a side of Witherspoon that we’ve yet to see. She remains Fox Searchlight’s big hopeful here.

Why not? It’s been relatively quiet on the circuit lately – the Indie Spirit shut-out hurts. With Amy Adams and Julianne Moore vying for their first wins, and Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike having star moments that could lead to Oscar victory, where’s the incentive to hand Witherspoon a second trophy?

Ranking: No. 4 as of Nov. 25, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actress in a Leading Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: Wild (more)
Best Director 2014: Jean-Marc Vallée for Wild (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Laura Dern for Wild (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Nick Hornby for Wild (more)

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