Thank goodness for Reese Witherspoon.
Despite a recent surge in strong roles for women (e.g., Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook), Hollywood really dropped the ball when it came to showcasing interesting roles for actresses in 2014. If it weren’t for Witherspoon’s newfound strength as a producer, two of this year’s likely nominees wouldn’t exist—and the Best Actress race would look even more dire than it currently does.
Witherspoon herself is one of the primary contenders, of course, for her portrayal of a novice hiker looking for redemption in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild (which the actress produced). But she also optioned and developed the box office hit Gone Girl, which should land a nomination for Rosamund Pike, playing the iciest (and scariest) wife in modern cinema. Neither of them is the frontrunner, however. READ FULL STORY