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Category 31-35, round 2: Rachel McAdams vs. Reese Witherspoon

Rachel by michelabella


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Rachel McAdams had the titular role in the film The Hot Chick alongside Rob Schneider, but her career really took off when she starred as Regina George, the "queen-bee" in 2004's Mean Girls. McAdams was told to partly model the character of Regina George after Alec Baldwin's performance in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). McAdams had previously appeared in the Canadian television series Slings and Arrows, alongside Paul Gross. She played a main role in the first season, but due to her rising stardom was written out of the second season, appearing in only the first episode. She followed Mean Girls with the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook, alongside Ryan Gosling.

2005, she played Owen Wilson's love interest in Wedding Crashers and then starred in the suspense thriller Red Eye as Lisa Reisert. She played a young woman held captive aboard a red-eye flight by criminal-for-hire and assassin Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy). Her most recent role was in the comedy The Family Stone where she starred in an ensemble cast alongside Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, Brian J. White and Claire Danes.

Rachel's career slowed down in 2006. She decided to take a year off from acting, to spend time with friends and family. McAdams then signed on to star in the drama Married Life across Pierce Brosnan and Patricia Clarkson.

The latest movie she starred in (as a reporter) is State of Play. Filming was originally scheduled to start in November 2007, but after the film lost its two leading actors, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, the movie has been delayed, started in late January and wrapped production in April 2008.

She won the MTV award for 'Best Kiss' along with Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.

McAdams was nominated for a Genie Award for her role in Perfect Pie. She was also nominated for the BAFTA's Orange Rising Star award which acknowledges the new talents in the acting industry. The award went to James McAvoy.

McAdams received a Civic Award for her contribution to culture from the city of St. Thomas in 2006.

2008 The Lucky Ones, The Time Traveler's Wife

2009 State of Play


Reese by michelabella


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She had acting debut in earlier 1990s in movies and series such as The Man in the Moon, Wildflower, Desperate Choices: To Save My Child, Return to Lonesome Dove, A Far Off Place, Jack the Bear (which garnered her the Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actress Co-star), S.F.W....

In 1996 she appeared Fear and Freeway. Witherspoon's performance won her the Best Actress Award at the Cognac Police Film Festival, and firmly established her as a rising star. She returned to the screen in 1998 with major roles in three movies, Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville and Twilight. Witherspoon's performance garnered her the Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance.

In 1999, Witherspoon starred in Best Laid Plans, Cruel Intentions and Election. The film received good reviews and Witherspoon's performance earned her the Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics, a first Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

In 2000, Witherspoon appeared in American Psycho, Little and Friends.

2001 marked a significant turning point in Witherspoon's career, she starred in the feature film Legally Blonde, which was a box office hit, grossing US$96 million worldwide. For her work, Witherspoon garnered her second Golden Globe Best Actress nomination and an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.

In 2002 she starred in The Importance of Being Earnest. She received a Teen Choice Award nomination for her performance. Her next feature film in 2002 was Sweet Home Alabama. The movie became Witherspoon's biggest box office hit to date, earning over $35 million in the opening weekend and grossing over $127 million internationally.

In 2003, Witherspoon followed up the success of Legally Blonde by starring in the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. Despite being panned by critics, the sequel took over $39 million in its first five days in the U.S. box office charts and went on to gross $90 million internationally. Witherspoon received a $15 million paycheck for the role, making her one of Hollywood's highest paid actresses from 2002 onwards.

In 2004, Witherspoon starred in Vanity Fair. In late 2004, Witherspoon began working on the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven. Earlier that year Witherspoon was chosen to portray the second wife of Johnny Cash, in Walk the Line. She won several awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actor's Guild, the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best actress in a lead role.

Witherspoon's first post-Oscar role came in Penelope. On November 2006 she filmed Rendition. In December 2007, Witherspoon began filming Four Christmases. Later in 2008, Witherspoon is set to star in Midnight. In 2009, Witherspoon will appear in horor Our Family Trouble.

2009 Monsters vs. Aliens (voice) 2011 The Bear and the Bow (voice)




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