An annual highlight for Oscar junkies is The Hollywood Reporter‘s award season roundtable series. But if there’s one to watch, it’s the Best Actress roundtable. What better way to get into the groove of award season that seeing some of the op actresses in the field discuss their Oscar-worthy performances and the roles that got them there?
This year’s Best Actress roundtable features Best Actress frontrunner and comeback kid Renée Zellweger (Judy) chatting with Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit), Laura Dern (Marriage Story, Little Women), Awkwafina (The Farewell), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), and Lupita Nyong’o (Us). The actresses dish on what makes them nervous on set and how they settled into the grooves of their characters.
The conversation opens up with the actresses sharing their perspectives on representing women’s stories on screen. They also discuss if the industry has changed since #MeToo. The stories might surprise you.
Here are some highlights:
Jennifer Lopez on her showstopping pole dance in Hustlers, what drove her to pursue rom-coms, and that time a director asked to see her boobs.
Laura Dern on working with power couple Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) and Greta Gerwig (Little Women) and finding the right rhythm with co-stars.
Scarlett Johansson on being hyper-sexualized, breaking through type-casting, and the Marvel movies vs. cinema debate.
But where is The Laundromat’s‘s Meryl Streep? Is she sitting this one out???
Watch and read the full Best Actress roundtable at The Hollywood Reporter.