Jennifer Aniston's makeup free turn in Cake might just hit the sweet spot with Oscar voters.

Aniston, 45, looks the very opposite of fashionable Rachel Green in a new clip from Cake (via People).

With no makeup and sporting facial scars and a vulnerable, pained expression, Aniston stars as car-crash survivor struggling with chronic pain.

"I am in a lot of pain," she explains to someone trying to help her.

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"You may know, but sometimes I suspect that you think that I'm this uncooperative old botch who's just making all of this up."


Jennifer Aniston in a scene from Cake.z

In the film, Aniston has a romance with a widower played by Sam Worthington and Anna Kendrick also stars.

Awards buzz has been circulating around Aniston since the flick premiered at Toronto International Film Festival this year.

She's also said she found it liberating to sit in a makeup chair and only have scars painted on her face rather than layers of foundation, powder, mascara and lipstick.


Jennifer Aniston in a scene from Cake.

Aniston's performance and transformation in Cake may be too tempting for Academy Awards voters - no doubt the Friends actress is hoping they will eat it up.

ACTRESSES WHO HAVE DITCHED THE GLAM AND WON ACCLAIM

• Halle Berry went makeup free to play a Southern widower who falls for a prison guard in Monster's Ball (2002)

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Charlize Theron is shown in a scene from her film " Monster " in this undated publicity photograph.The film is based on the true life story of Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed for killing seven men in the state of Florida during the 1980s. BOP 20dec03 - NZH 28feb04 - NZH 1mar04 - NZH 20mar04 - NZH 25mar04 - NZH 26aug04 - NZH 27aug04 - HBT 2sep04 - BOP 21sep04 - EGT 22sep05 - EGT 23mar06 - SUN 8jul07 - NZH 14jul07 - NZH 12jul08 -

• Charlize Theron shaved off her eyebrows, put on weight and fake teeth to transform into serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2004)

Actress Halle Berry and actor Billy Bob Thornton in a scene from the movie, Monster's Ball. Pic supplied / Lions Gate Films NZH 8jun02 - SOUND AND FURY: Halle Berry acts with embarrassingly frantic energy in Monster's Ball while Billy Bob Thornton seems inert. NZH 21nov02 - DPM 27Jan14 - Rihanna and Billy Bob Thornton
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• Hilary Swank gained around eight kilos of muscle to star as an underdog boxer in Million Dollar Baby (2005)

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• Nicole Kidman sported a prosthetic nose as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002).

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