Wow, this is the best Jennifer Aniston has looked in months, right? Good timing too. These are photos of Aniston at the Cake photocall at TIFF on Tuesday. Her navy and black dress is Sportmax – much better than the LBD from the other day, but still… this Sportmax dress isn’t flat-out awesome or anything. But I’m still saying that this is the best she’s looked in a while. She’s tan not orange, she looks fit and toned, her face doesn’t look Botoxed or anything. Her hair isn’t even annoying me. Great appearance!
As for the reviews… Cake has been very well-reviewed this week. Some sites are saying that Aniston could have a place on the shortlist for a Best Actress Oscar, but I’m not seeing it. Maybe that’s my knee-jerk opinion of Aniston, or maybe it’s because after years of reading stuff from her press machine, I can see when something is being strangely overhyped. Take this People Magazine write up:
She’s been called America’s sweetheart, but Jennifer Aniston swept into the Toronto International Film Festival with a warts-and-all star turn that got her a standing ovation – and immediate awards buzz. In Cake, Aniston, 45, plays a woman suffering from addiction, rage issues and suicidal depression after a tragic accident leaves her scarred inside and out. It’s hardly the romantic comedy she’s known for.
With greasy hair, no makeup and a fire she’s never before displayed on screen, Aniston gives a riveting performance that brought the film festival audience to its feet at its Toronto premiere Monday.
“It’s awesome and liberating to let that all go,” Aniston said of her makeunder for the role. “And see yourself looking like that on a 50-foot screen.”
Aniston – who’s engaged to fellow actor Justin Theroux – talked of moving stiffly and with great discomfort, aided by a back brace, to play a woman suffering from chronic pain caused by a car accident. If it looked painful, it’s because she was in pain, she says, adding, “But I’m back now – it took a while.”
She also said she spent time with a close friend and stunt double, who became addicted to prescription drugs after a boating accident, to prepare for the part.
The film, directed by Daniel Barnz, costars Adriana Barraza, Sam Worthington and Anna Kendrick, and it was warmly received at Toronto’s historic Elgin theater.
“Oh my God, that’s so sweet,” said a visibly moved Aniston, looking radiant in a short black cocktail dress and nothing like her character, to an audience member who lauded her bravery for playing a character who is unattractive inside and out.
Barnz called her “the most courageous actress I know” for leaving her vanity behind.
“The most courageous actress I know”? Hyperbole, how does it work? Aniston is literally the most courageous actress EVER for wearing some prosthetic scars on her face and skipping the mascara. I tend to think it’s insulting – people act like “Aniston without makeup” = bridge troll. She’s a perfectly attractive woman and she doesn’t look that different without makeup.
Jen also spoke to E! about how “liberating” it was to do a less glamorous role and how she was able to wander around a Target one night with no one recognizing her because she was in her character’s clothes – go here to read that story. No disrespect in general, because seriously, Aniston’s fans have been begging her to do this kind of serious, unglamorous role for years now. So, I say let the fans have their moment. Let them believe that Aniston will make the Oscar shortlist. Bless them. As of Wednesday night, Cake still didn’t have an American distributor. Just FYI.
Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.
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Jennifer Aniston in Sportmax at TIFF photocall for ‘Cake’: lovely or bland?