That's right, Rachel from Friends may soon be an Oscar nominee. There are a couple of fringe candidates that could spoil Aniston's chances of becoming the first (and surely only) member of the Friends cast to receive an Oscar nomination, but their chances grow slimmer and slimmer by the day and the only potential spoiler to Aniston's Oscar hopes that has a legitimate shot at pulling off the surprise nomination is former Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. The Parisian-born actress actually appeared in two movies this year, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night, that could see Cotillard receive her second Oscar nomination. However, both films are likely to be too under the radar to build up enough traction for a nomination, which brings us back to Aniston. In Cake, Aniston plays a mentally unstable women who strikes up a relationship with a recent widower only to be confronted with hallucinations of the man's dead wife. The film, which debuted at this year's Toronto Film Festival to a lukewarm reception, is said to be a self-consciously serious drama about mental illness. Even those who are less than enthusiastic about the film itself though have had good things to say about Aniston's performance, which is why she is likely to find herself with her first ever Oscar nomination. Aniston may not be exactly the most chic pick for an Oscar nomination amongst high-brow critics organizations, but the Academy has never been on their wave length anyway. Unless a large majority of Academy members get to their screeners of either Two Days, One Night or The Immigrant and love Cotillard's performance in one of the films, Aniston will have finally graduated from Emmy nominee to Oscar nominee.
A film fanatic at a very young age, starting with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies and gradually moving up to more sophisticated fare, at around the age of ten he became inexplicably obsessed with all things Oscar. With the incredibly trivial power of being able to chronologically name every Best Picture winner from memory, his lifelong goal is to see every Oscar nominated film, in every major category, in the history of the Academy Awards.