The Oscar nominations are upon us, and there’s another roundtable discussion with some of this year’s biggest contenders to help bide the time until Thursday’s big announcement. We’ve shared a 1-hour roundtable discussion with some of this year’s Best Director contenders, as well as a series of actor-on-actor interviews, and today we’ve got a 1-hour roundtable with the Best Actress contenders.
Taking part are Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Brie Larson (Room), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jane Fonda (Youth), Helen Mirren (Trumbo), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), and Carey Mulligan (Suffragette). The discussion covers a wide range of topics, from their various working experiences with directors to how they feel about rehearsals, and of course the inherent sexism of the industry, which results in some eye-opening and candid discussion from the participants at the table. It’s particularly fascinating to hear the different perspectives on these topics from young actresses like Lawrence and Larson to the more experienced performers like Mirren and Rampling, with Mirren in particular lamenting the talented female performers whose careers she saw die out while “mediocre” male actors had continued success as they aged.
The best part about these roundtables is that while there’s a moderator, the discussion moves more organically amongst the actresses as they’re genuinely curious to inquire about one another’s work and experience. If you’re at all interested in the art of acting or just hearing a group of incredibly talented performers shoot the shit, this is a must watch. Check out the video below, via THR.