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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Not sure if this has been addressed, and it’s odd that I haven’t thought about it. Reese Witherspoon is a likely acting nominee for “Wild.” She’s also a Best Picture contender for producing both “Wild” and “Gone Girl.” Would she make history?

    – How many (if any) other female producers have earned two Best Picture nominations in one year?

    – How many (if any) women have been nominated for both producing and acting?

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    Halo_Insider
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    It’s actually a really fantastic question. I’m not sure how often the opportunity has really been available. 

    The subject was brought up a little in an earlier thread (I want to say around the time that Wild was playing at Toronto). Someone made a post wondering what it would be like if Reese had gotten those three nods and then a Supporting nom for Inherent Vice (which obviously won’t be happening, now that we officially have seen the size of her part). 

    I actually wonder if Gone Girl can still get into the line-up. It’s critical response and phenomenal box office run are great factors, but there are still quite a few films left to come out that may or may not play well to the Academy (Selma, American Sniper, Into the Woods, and, hey, even Wild), and the news on that lukewarm Academy screening instilled me with a lot of reluctance in predicting it. 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    At the moment, I’m predicting both movies get into Best Picture. I got to see “Wild” a few weeks ago and was surprised that it’s a very impressive piece of filmmaking and not just a one-woman show for Witherspoon’s performance. Depending on how it does when it’s released, I could see it grabbing nominations for Picture and Screenplay, kinda like “127 Hours.”

    As for “Gone Girl,” I’m not yet swayed to turn away from it. The movie is making tons of money and has good reviews. With someone like David Fincher behind it, I think it’s still solid to make the top 10.

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    KyleBailey
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    I know it has happened with some men in the past like DiCaprio and Wolf of Wall Street & Brad Pitt and Moneyball but I don’t know if a woman has done it. I’m sure she will for Wild and Gone Girl 

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    KT
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    This number of producers these days for movies has gotten way out of hand.  People thought it was bad in the late 90s when executives were getting producer credits and were never on set (looking at Harvey).  Now, actors “producing” movies?  I’m just curious how often Reese Witherspoon was there for Gone Girl and what she contributed, if that has been made clear.  We know how actors can be such primadonnas.  Yes, it might be historic for a woman to get producer-actor noms in the same year, but I’m not so sure it’s a good thing, more actors taking on producing roles for the prestige of it.  Actors have always been the ones to secure financing; now they get a credit for it?  Some surely make huge contributions (we can go over BP winners and I can tell you who probably deserved a credit)…others, well….

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    KyleBailey
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    Producers don’t have to be on set to produce. Producers have tons of paper work and other things that protain to the movie to deal with that don’t need include their presence on set. 

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    Chris Beachum
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    Megan Ellison was nominated last year for “Her” and “American Hustle.”

    That might be the only time for a female producer in a Best Picture category.

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