28/10/2014 11:21 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Jennifer Aniston's New Film Cake Sparks Oscars Buzz

Jennifer Aniston's role in her latest movie Cake, directed by Daniel Barnz, has put her in the running for best actress at the 2015 Oscars.

While Reese Witherspoon, Rosamund Pike and Julianne Moore are all strong contenders - it's Jen who might just swoop in and bag the award for her dark performance and dramatic make-under.

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Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the 'Cake' Press Conference during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

The hype around Jen's performance in the comedy thriller is only growing, and according to Deadline, Cake's release date (it's out before the end of the year will ensure that it qualifies for Oscar consideration.

The best bit? We get to see Jen stray from her regular rom-com role and take on something a lot more complex. She plays a woman who's relationship with a widower (Sam Worthington) is overshadowed by her hallucinations and mental breakdown of his late wife (Anna Kendrick).

"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 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."

As for the major make-under, Jen said she enjoyed it. "It actually was extremely liberating," she said. "As women, we do feel that we have to live up to an expectation whether it is on camera or going to the market or whatever it is.

"The truth of the matter is that that is not always the way it is. We don't always have our high heels on. We don't always have our hair and makeup on. And this character is basically someone who had just given up, just on even waking up sometimes."

Jennifer Aniston taking the Academy Award home? We'd love to see that happen.

MORE: Watch all the latest on Jen and Justin here.