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Reese Witherspoon Looks Towards Oscar Gold With ‘Wild,’ ‘The Good Lie’ (TRAILER)

Reese Witherspoon Looks Towards Oscar Gold With 'Wild,' 'The Good Lie' (TRAILER)

Reese Witherspoon’s got a busy fall coming up, with two new films–“Wild” and “The Good Lie”–headed for awards season-friendly release dates.  

“Wild” certainly promises a smoother path to the gold for Witherspoon: based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, it follows a woman whose marriage has ended and whose mother has passed away as she hikes the Pacific Crest trail by herself. “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallée is helming from a screenplay by Nick Hornby, and awards pro Fox Searchlight has planned a December 5 release date.

Before then, though, Witherspoon will bow in “The Good Lie,” another based-on-true-events film about an American woman who helps four Sudanese refugees adapt to life in the U.S. after they win a lottery to be relocated from their war-torn country.  Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing, and several of the exec producers of “The Blind Side” are attached to the project.  Philippe Falardeau, the Canadian writer/director whose film “Monsieur Lazhar” was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is directing.  “The Good Lie” will hit theaters on October 3.

Witherspoon won an Oscar for 2005’s “Walk the Line” but has kept a low profile in recent years–she played a supporting role in “Mud” and her only film from last year was under-the-radar “Devil’s Knot.”  Perhaps this will be the year she brings a second Oscar home to keep her first one company.

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I went to an early screening in May and Wild seems the most likely route to an Oscar, it is definitely the baitier role. She has the grief angle, the sex angle, she does a full frontal nude scene, we see her do heroin, and she had a grueling time hiking that trail. It was also a good movie, with a good story. She will definitely get nominated and could actually pull off a win.


Reese is lovely, but her acting on this seems to be normal. I hope the next Oscar Winner for Leading Actress to be someone with a meaningful performance, as Marion Cotillard's in Two Days, One Night or something with a high level of depth and art.

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