Watch: Year's Best Actors and Actresses Take Center Stage in Two Great Roundtable Discussions

Watch: Year's Best Actors and Actresses Take Center Stage in Two Great Roundtable Discussions

Dec 07, 2011

George Clooney in The Descendants

THR continues their popular series of Awards Roundtable interviews with two new entries – ones covering the actors and actresses in front of the camera in some of this year’s biggest films.

We start with the ladies, who spend nearly an hour talking with Stephen Galloway and Matt Belloni. Featuring candid and insightful observations from Glenn Close, Charlize Theron, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, the conversation feels shorter than it actually is.

We won’t spoil all the topics and answers here, but there is discussion about how many of the actresses don't like to watch their own performances (we bet we'd be the same way) and some really interesting observations as to how they approach playing characters who aren't like them at all. Check out the full video for yourself below.

Next up, the men get a chance to shine in an hour long chat with George Clooney, Christopher Plummer, Gary Oldman, Christoph Waltz, Albert Brooks, and Nick Nolte. The guys cover a wide range of topics and have a really friendly vibe going on, no doubt thanks to Clooney’s penchant for making jokes.

There are some really interesting tidbits in this chat, mostly because the questions are better than the ones the ladies received. One of the more surprising moments involves a revelation that Gary Oldman was once approached to play Charles Manson, but passed out of respect for Polanski and the families affected by the murders. This leads to a weird segue where Nick Nolte talks about Manson, referring to him as “Chuck” and explaining how he often got pulled over because he drove trucks similar to Manson’s. Bizarre.

Scroll down for more video footage from the interview – there are some genuinely exciting observations in both of these clips.

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