Reese Witherspoon wants an Oscar nomination for her role in Mud and her husband is ready to do the work to make it happen.
Hollywood sources say Witherspoon’s husband, Jim Toth, is leading a campaign to get Reese a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Jeff Nichols film.
“[Jim is] trying not to attract too much attention as he runs a secret war room for Reese’s best supporting actress campaign this year,” the source said.
Toth is hoping fellow Mud star Matthew McConaughey can actually help out.
“Jim believes that if Matthew gets nominated for supporting actor – as part of the momentum from his best actor campaign for Dallas Buyers Club – then Reese has a real shot for her role in Mud,” the source said.
In Mud, Witherspoon plays the love interest to McConaughey, a man named Mud who is hiding out on an island to keep away from some men who are looking for him.
Reese Witherspoon could still have more ammunition to add to her acting resume this year. She is slated to star in The Intern, the story of a woman who founds a popular fashion website and comes into conflict with a man in the company’s senior internship program. Robert De Niro has signed on as the intern, and the movie is helmed by writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated).
The Oscar campaign for Reese Witherspoon is proceeding quietly, while publicly Reese is committing herself to family life. In interviews, she’s said that her husband and children are the most important parts of her life, far outpacing acting roles and accolades
“Somebody was saying to me the other day, ‘Oh, people get less interesting when they have kids.’ I just don’t think that’s true,” she said in an interview last month.
“I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way.”
If the Oscar campaign works, Reese Witherspoon could have both family and a nice trophy for her mantle.