Jennifer Aniston is free of makeup in her new film Cake, and she is also picking up some Oscar buzz for her performance.

At a November 1st press conference for Deadline, Aniston discussed the new role, which is gaining steam as a possible Oscar contender for the actress. Aniston called the small independent film “our little love project,” and that she was sold the moment she started reading the screenplay. “I was ready to disappear,” she said about taking the role.

Aniston shed all glamour or vanity for the role, appearing on set with short brown hair and not an ounce of makeup. When asked about the lack of makeup for her character, Aniston said “[It was] so fabulous—so dreamy and empowering and liberating. The only time I had to sit in the makeup chair was just for the scars.”

“[Aniston] really went there, to the point that even her fellow actors were truly impressed with her performance.” a source told Us Weekly. “She left all the self-consciousness behind her. People were really blown away.”

In Cake, Jennifer Aniston plays Claire Simmons, a woman suffering injuries after a car accident. Here is the brief plot summary on imdb:

The acerbic, hilarious CLAIRE SIMMONS becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina’s suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina’s husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

The film, directed by Daniel Barnz, also stars Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington.

As is the case with beautiful actresses shedding their looks for a role, Jennifer Aniston is gathering praise for her performance. The film received a standing ovation when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. There is no firm release date for the film, though it may get a limited release at the end of the year in order to qualify for Oscar consideration.

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