Mindy Kaling congratulates Oscar-nominee Reese Witherspoon with hilarious gift

Reese Witherspoon was inundated with messages of congratulations after receiving her Oscar nomination last week for Wild. The 'well done' gift she received from Mindy Kaling following the announcement blows all the other well-wishes out of the water, however.

Mindy sent the actress a wreath adorned with gold Oscar statuettes and a photo of Reese, as part of an ongoing joke between the two stars.

Reese Witherspoon shared a photo of her wreath from Mindy Kaling

The mum-of-three was delighted with the present. "I mean…c'mon. Best gift ever," she tweeted under a photo of the wreath. "Thanks, @mindykaling for my #WreathWitherspoon #Oscar edition."

The wreath is a running joke between Reese and Mindy; in December, Mindy’s character on her show, The Mindy Project, decorated her boyfriend's apartment with a Christmas wreath covered in photos of the actress.

And on Christmas Day, Reese responded, tweeting a photo of her own Christmas wreath, writing, "Wishing y'all a very merry Christmas!!! Sincerely #WreathWitherspoon… (couldn't resist @mindykaling)."


'Wreath Witherspoon' is a running joke between Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling

Reese is being lauded by critics and cinema-goers for her role in Wild, which tells the true story of Cheryl Strayed, who decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone following the death of her mother.

She faces tough competition in the Best Actress category, including Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl - a role Reese was turned down for.

The actress recently revealed how she lost out on the role of Amy Dunne in the thriller, despite already being on board as a producer.

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl

"I was always open to doing it," the 38-year-old star told The Hollywood Reporter. "But whenever (Gone Girl director) David Fincher says he wants to do a project, you just sit back and say, 'Whatever you want to do.'

"We had a long conversation where he was like, 'You're not right for it. And this is why.' And I actually completely agreed with him."