Oscar Hopeful Jennifer Aniston Looks Grim In New 'Cake' Poster (Exclusive)

The Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winner now hopes to add an Oscar to her mantelpiece for her work as a car crash survivor suffering from chronic pain

The latest look at the film Cake is showcased in the new poster, exclusively hosted by The Hollywood Reporter.

The drama, a possible Oscar vehicle for Jennifer Aniston, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where it received a standing ovation. It will have an awards-qualifying run next month, and will then expand into more theaters in January.

In the Daniel Barnz-directed title — which Barnz developed and produced with his life and professional partner Ben Barnz, and then shot in just 33 days — Aniston, sans makeup (except for fake facial scars), plays a woman who survives a car crash that leaves her in chronic pain, who becomes obsessed with getting to the bottom of the death of a fellow member of her support group.

Read more 'Cake': Toronto Review

The film also stars Anna Kendrick (the other woman) and Sam Worthington (the other woman's husband), as well as Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mamie Gummer and notorious scene stealer Adriana Barraza, a best supporting actress Oscar nominee for 2006's Babel, who could land back in that category this year. It also features the last performance of character actress Misty Upham, who was found dead last month.

But it is Aniston whose performance has generated the most buzz, with some suggesting that she could emerge from this year's unusually thin best actress field to land an Oscar nom. Though best known for her work as Rachel on TV's Friends, she has also done fine work in films big (Along Came Polly, The Break-Up, We're the Millers) and small (Office Space, The Good Girl, Management), but this appears to be her best shot yet at landing a nom. (Presumably for this reason, she has retained the services of one of the top Oscar consultants, Lisa Taback.)

Cake will be the first film ever released by Cinelou Releasing, the new distribution arm of the production company that made it, Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon's Cinelou Films

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