What it’s about:
Wild tells the story of a woman who decides to go on the Pacific Northwest hike after the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage.
Jean Marc Vallee directed Witherspoon in this film. Vallee was responsible for directing Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.
Why she could be nominated:
It’s been nine years since Witherspoon won. Since then she’s made so-so films.
Wild will be released right in the middle of Awards season which means it should get noticed.
This is also a biopic, based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed.
Witherspoon carries the bulk of the film.
Awards nominated for/won:
Witherspoon won her first Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for Walk The Line.
She has been nominated for 77 different awards.
She won the BAFTA, Critics Choice, SAG and Golden Globe award for Walk The Line.
Witherspoon won the MTV Award for Legally Blonde
What the critics are saying:
Justin Chang for Variety wrote, “Vallee, who recently directed two Oscar-winning performances in “Dallas Buyers Club,” has elicited from Witherspoon an intensely committed turn that, in its blend of grit, vulnerability, physical bravery and emotional immediacy, represents easily her most affecting and substantial work in the nine years since “Walk the Line.”
Stephen Farber in The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Witherspoon transforms herself both physically and emotionally into this hardened yet needy young woman seeking to reinvent herself after a series of personal tragedies.”