Reese Witherspoon is an Oscar-winning actress, but 2017 may mark the first time she will find herself on the Emmy red carpet as a nominee. As a producer and star of the seven-episode HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies,” Witherspoon received the kind of glowing reviews that would almost certainly presage an Emmy nomination. In honor of that achievement, let’s take a look back at 10 of her best performances in the photo gallery above.
In “Big Little Lies,” Witherspoon plays Madeline Martha Mackenzie, a rich and powerful woman in Monterey, CA, who forms a tight social circle with two other mothers — Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) and Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) — whose children attend the same public school there. Madeline, who is still resentful that her ex-husband Ed (Adam Scott) has run off with much younger yoga teacher Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) and that Madeline’s daughter is growing closer to Bonnie. The many conflicts and resentments that plague Madeline give Witherspoon a vast playground with which to display the wide variety of emotions that are evident in Madeline’s daily life.
With over a quarter century as a movie star and an Oscar under her belt (for “Walk the Line”), one might think that Witherspoon would be the prestige candidate in any Emmy category in which she would compete. But not in this one — Best Movie/Limited Series Actress — which will also voters considering other Oscar winners Kidman, Jessica Lange (“Feud”), Susan Sarandon (“Feud”), Viola Davis (“Custody”) and previous nominee Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”). It’s likely to be an Emmy battle of the titans.
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