Reese Witherspoon for Natalie Portman
Emma Stone may have Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne showing up to support her work in La La Land, but Reese Witherspoon was photographed a private screening of Jackie alongside Natalie Portman Wednesday night.
Reese is a Hollywood power player, and her husband, CAA superagent Jim Toth, is no slouch either. Natalie’s repped by CAA, but she and Reese have (secretly?) been friends for years. In 2013, Reese supported Natalie and her husband Benjamin Millepied at an LA ballet event. Lainey wrote about their friendship then – click here for a refresher.
This isn’t the first Instagram connection between Reese and Natalie. In December, Reese posted a snap on Instagram praising Natalie’s performance. The photo was not a personal photo of the two of them, but rather of a still from the movie.
Something to note here – Reese goes out of her way to outline her respect for Natalie’s work, by removing the bias of their friendship. Jennifer Lawrence did the same thing when talking about Emma Stone back in October, she called herself a “fan” of hers, not just a friend. In other words, in the eyes of both Reese and Jennifer, Natalie and Emma’s respective performances transcend their personal bonds.
As for Reese, after sharing her love for the movie on Dec. 19, she doubles down on her support by stepping out for Natalie just before the Golden Globes and a couple of weeks before Oscar nominations. Could Natalie be Reese’s Naomi this year? Back in 2012, Reese wrote an open letter praising Naomi Watts’ work in The Impossible in Entertainment Weekly. How long will it be until we see a similar letter about Jackie pop up online?
Is it more effective when your famous friends stand by your work before or after the New Year? It’s something to think about. A reminder and endorsement rarely hurts, and staying fresh and relevant is always important in the eyes of the Academy, especially on the night before Oscar ballots are sent out.
On Tuesday, I wrote about how Emma Stone missed out on the Palm Springs Film Festival – the first awards event of 2017 – due to strep throat. Lainey elaborated on it further, by analyzing how her fellow Best Actress contender Natalie is gaining ground and momentum, by nabbing the biggest thumbs up of all, one from Tom Hanks. He also spoke La La Land’s praises in Telluride in September, but that’s an anecdotal story. His six-minute ode to Natalie, her “mystery,” and her stellar career, however? It’s on video, is easier to Google, and took place in front of hundreds of influential VIPs at a more pivotal part of awards season.
Natalie’s performance in Jackie was my favourite of the year. I raved about it at TIFF and screamed when she won over Emma at the Critics’ Choice last month. And now, she’ll likely win her third career Golden Globe on Sunday. Emma will likely win in the Comedy/Musical category, too. But as far as her Oscar frontrunner status goes, one has to wonder… Did she show her cards too early? JLaw and Eddie had her back in October and November. Who will be by her side in January and February?
Also attached – Reese after a skin treatment on Wednesday. She’s a confirmed presenter at the Globes on Sunday.