For the first time in her career, Jennifer Aniston is nominated for the coveted Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama award at the Golden Globes. Now, here’s why she deserves to win it!
Jennifer Aniston, 45, could be bringing a second Golden Globe Award home on Sunday, Jan. 11, to keep the one she won for Friends in 2003 company. She’s been nominated for her complex role in the indie drama Cake, in which she plays Claire — a woman suffering from chronic pain after a tragic accident. Jennifer has been praised for her work in the film, and rightfully so. That’s just one of many reasons why she deserves the award!
Jennifer Aniston Deserves To Win A Golden Globe For ‘Cake’
Alright, let’s face it — after We’re The Millers, Horrible Bosses, Horrible Bosses 2, and a bevy of other silly comedies, no one thought Jennifer Aniston was going to be an awards season staple.
But, here we are. On Sunday, Jan. 11, Jen will take the stage at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards not just as a presenter or a fashion icon, but a nominee. A Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama nominee, to boot!
I am here to tell you that Jennifer’s nomination is not only deserved, but it is also long overdue.
She’s been acting in television and film for nearly two decades, and although she has been nominated twice for Friends — even taking home a Globe in 2003 for the series — her film career has never received such a top honor as a Golden Globe nomination.
Although Jen is brilliant in Cake, portraying a woman who can barely walk because she is in so much pain 24/7, a little loopy because she occasionally abuses pain killers to find relief, and just mildly obsessed with the suicide of a young woman in her support group, this isn’t her first time taking on a well-crafted drama.
Jen’s Drama Skills Shined Back In 2002
Sure, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Jen stretch her acting chops, but in 2002 she starred in The Good Girl alongside a much younger Jake Gyllenhaal, and that film could easily be described as a rom-dram: romantic drama.
Jennifer portrayed a married store clerk who begins having an affair with a younger co-worker, and things take a turn for the worse when she not only gets caught and blackmailed by her husband’s best friend, but the co-worker also becomes obsessed with her.
It’s one of Jen’s lesser known roles, but it’s a gem — and those who criticize her for being just a “comedy” actress should definitely give it a watch. That is, after they go see Cake, of course!
‘Cake’ Could Change Jennifer’s Career For Good
Even those who have followed Jen’s career since the beginning, like myself, were surprised by Jen’s transformation in Cake. Not only did we see the physical changes, such as her lack of make up, slight weight gain, and the prosthetic scars she wore, but watching her portray Claire was incredibly fascinating.
To put it quite simply, it didn’t feel like you were watching Jennifer Aniston on screen in just another role. It felt like you were being welcomed into Claire’s life, encompassed in this stranger’s dark, painful world.
Now that she has impressed not only theater goers but also critics, there is a chance that directors will be turning to Jennifer for more dramas in the future. If that happens, and she continues to nab and own these incredible roles, her career could do a complete and total 180.
You have to admit, for a 45-year-old actress to be making such a drastic impact on film this late in her career is impressive. Don’t you think Jennifer deserves to be rewarded for that? I do!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers — Does Jennifer really deserve to win a Golden Globe for her role in Cake? Tell us why or why not in the comments below!
— Lauren Cox