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Fox Searchlight is officially throwing "Wild," starring Reese Witherspoon, into this year's Oscar game. The film has been given a December 5, 2014 release date, right in the prime spot for awards season attention. Quebecois filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee is at the helm, who just directed both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Oscars for "Dallas Buyers Club." (The film also nabbed an additional three nominations, including Best Picture and Original Screenplay, as well as a win for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.)  So could Oscar-winner Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") be looking toward a second Academy Award nomination? She's kept a pretty low profile over the past few years, with a solid supporting turn in 2012 indie "Mud," and as the female contingent of a trio with Tom Hardy and Chris Pine in McG's underrated action comedy "This Means War." West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot" barely made a splash as Witherspoon's sole 2013 title. From »

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