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Jennifer Aniston's 'Cake' an Oscar contender

"[Jennifer Aniston] was the most obvious un-obvious choice - she's mega-talented, but we've never seen the whole range of her extraordinary comic and dramatic abilities showcased in one role," said director Daniel Barnz.

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Veronica Linares
Jennifer Aniston signs autographs for fans as she arrives for the world premiere of 'Cake' at the Elgin Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 8, 2014. UPI/Christine Chew
Jennifer Aniston signs autographs for fans as she arrives for the world premiere of 'Cake' at the Elgin Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 8, 2014. UPI/Christine Chew | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Jennifer Aniston's upcoming indie drama Cake is being considered as a contender for the Academy Awards.

The film premiered to a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival in September sparking speculation that both the flick and Aniston could get Oscar nominations. According to Deadline, the film's producers have decided to release it before the end the year to make it a contender for the 2014 Academy Awards.

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While speaking at the Toronto Film Festival, the former Friends star said that as she read the script, "I felt myself already shooting it when I was reading it, instantly, it was mine.

"It's poetic, it's absolutely beautifully written from top to bottom -- a beautiful arc, exquisite characters."

While the film has received mixed reviews on film-rating websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, Aniston's performance has been consistently praised by reviewers, some of which have compared her role to Charlize Theron's career-altering performance in 2003's Monster.

"When my life and producing partner Ben Barnz and I first read 'Cake' just fourteen months ago, we knew we had to go to Jennifer Aniston," said the film's director Daniel Barnz. "It was the most obvious un-obvious choice - she's mega-talented, but we've never seen the whole range of her extraordinary comic and dramatic abilities showcased in one role."

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Cake also stars Anna Kendrick, Misty Upham and Sam Worthington.

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