Best of Reese Witherspoon’s Pre-Oscar Roles?

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  • Boidiva02
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    Which of Reese Witherspoon’s Pre-Walk The Line roles was your favorite?   Or which did you think was her strongest performance?

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    Boidiva02
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    Her film resume pre-Walk The Line is really solid, very strong, but I have to go with Election. 

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    FilmGuy619
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    Election. Bar none. I would even say it is her best work. While I do think Hilary Swank is a richly deserving Best Actress winner for Boys Don’t Cry, I would’ve ‘Picked Flick’. 

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    KyleBailey
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    Election by far. I loved her in Walk the Line and Wild but Election is her biggest achievement. Also in terms of her post Oscar career other than Wild, I think her performances in Water for Elephants and Mud are very underrated. I also loved her in Monsters V.S. Aliens. I wish they did sequels and not just TV specials 

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    Tonbone
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    Just saw “Election” and loved she is amazing in it I also enjoyed seeing Matthew Broderick as the sad sack who gets sadder. 

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    Gone_Guy
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    Without a doubt, it’s Election. It is such a shame that she couldn’t gain better traction with accolades for it. At the Oscars, I would have easily taken out Meryl Streep for Music of the Heart. That year was always a two-horse race with Swank and Bening, and the former rightfully won. It’s hard to say if I would rank Witherspoon or Janet McTeer third because they’re both great performances. Julianne Moore would then come in fifth, but she was totally deserving of a nom for The End of the Affair, which was already a win because it was her first Lead nom. I’m glad to see that at least Election was nominated for Adapted Screenplay. One thing I love about the year 2000 is that both Screenplay categories were completely perfect. All 10 were deserving nominees and a case can be made for any of them winning. I liked The Cedar House Rules, but I rank it fourth behind 1) Election, 2) The Talented Mr. Ripley, and 3) The Green Mile.

    Witherspoon is fascinating because she had so many great roles pre-Oscar. But when she won it feels as if she just said, “To hell with it. I got my Oscar. I can relax now.” Some things probably sounded better on paper than the finished product – e.g. How Do You Know and Devil’s Knot could have been masterpieces; instead, they were duds barely deserving of a grade of D-. But she really took hold of her career in 2014. Three for three in great film roles and films, The Good Lie, Inherent Vice, and of course, Wild

    Here’s hoping she keeps the momentum. Hot Pursuit could be a complete disaster. I am really excited for the David E. Kelley miniseries she’s doing with Nicole Kidman.

    Back on topic: Flick. All the way. 

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    1. Election
    2. Legally Blonde
    3. Pleasantville
    4. Cruel Intentions

    N/S The Rest

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    Troy
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    Election.  She was brilliant and should have been nominated for an Oscar.

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    Boidiva02
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    This was clearly a runaway victory for Election. I’m shocked not to see at least a few votes for “Pleasantville” which was a very popular film.

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