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Indiewire Interviews 10 Oscar Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Steve McQueen and More Talk to IW

Indiewire Interviews 10 Oscar Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Steve McQueen and More Talk to IW

Over the last year, Indiewire spoke to many of the filmmakers and actors who heard their names announced today at 5:30am Pacific Time. Here’s a collection of the interviews we did before they were 2014 Academy Award nominees.

Best Actor Nominee: Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”)

“I have a line in the movie: I’m running out of time. You know what I’m saying? [chuckles] Well, I don’t have a disease. I don’t have anything that’s terminal. I don’t have a date set. But I’m 77. And it was the event of a lifetime in my career, being cast in this role.”

Best Director Nominee: David O. Russell (“American Hustle”)

“I’d say I rediscovered my passion for storytelling. All of my films up to ‘The Fighter’ and all of my living up to that point was preparation for my last three films.”

Best Actor Nominee: Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”)

“We take it for granted sometimes that certain parts of our history are told and we take it for granted that we know all that stuff and we move forward along on that basis, but there are also massive gaps and we have to try to address them.”

Best Supporting Actor Nominee: Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)

“I hadn’t read a script in a couple of years, but I read it and I fell in love.  I thought, what an incredible opportunity. I decided that it would be really interesting to make a film again, and this seemed like an incredible group of people that were all coming together to tell a really special and important story.  So I dug in deep and I made this film, and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”

Best Actress Nominee: Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”)

“Woody is interested in seeing primarily what you throw at the role and what you do with it. And if it’s on the right path or if he’s interested in it, then you keep moving forward.”

Best Documentary Feature Nominee: Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing”)

“I came to the film in solidarity and collaboration with the survivors.  Of course, I’m not a person who would want to make a film to glorify mass killing.  I had been working with a community of survivors who had lost their relatives and were too scared to talk about it.  So it was very difficult.”

Best Documentary Feature Nominee: Zachary Heinzerling (“Cutie and the Boxer”)

“I think their art says so much about their personality. When you’re making a documentary, you think visually, how can I present these characters? It was just fortunate that when you’re working with visual artists they’re presenting their lives in multiple ways.”

Best Foreign Language Film Nominee: Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”)

“We had a lot of drafts, and I think every draft became a little bit more complicated in terms of how we played with time. But then, during editing, we actually started over. We forgot about the script, and we kept the idea of playing with time, and the initial structure as a feeling.”

Best Original Screenplay Nominee: Spike Jonze (“Her”)

“You want to make movies that are going to connect with people, but the only way I know how to do that is first and foremost I have to believe it and I have to connect with it — that’s the gauge. Do I believe it? Does Joaquin believe it? Did our editors, Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan, believe it? That’s all we can go after.”

Best Director Nominee: Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”)

“The book should be taught all around the world. This was an international issue. And with the unfortunate killing of Trayvon Martin and the conversations surrounding the Voting Rights Act, people are ready for a movie like this.” 

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