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Reese Witherspoon, Oscars 2013

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Reese Witherspoon hasn't wavered when it comes to her pick for the best performance by an actress this past year.

Asked about the letter she wrote to Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts praising her gripping performance in The Impossible, she reiterated her love for the Australian star tonight on the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

"Not since I've seen Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice had I seen such a performance that moved me so much," Witherspoon, herself a Best Actress winner for Walk the Line, gushed to E!'s Ryan Seacrest.

"It's so hopeful and it's about family spirit and how you'll do anything for your children and they'll do anything for you. It's such a beautiful film, I hope more people go out and see it," she said.

On hand to present tonight, Witherspoon wore a royal blue strapless gown with black trim and a fishtail train by Louis Vuitton, which also provided the jewels. But only after her 13-year-old mini-meAva, signed off on them!

"My daughter and I picked it out," she said of her glamorous ensemble. "This is a winner. She makes sure she likes everything, she helps me pick the jewelry and makeup."