With awards season in full bloom, Indiewire spoke with some of the actors who gave exemplary performances.

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In this exclusive, Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") and Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") discuss how they choose their roles. While newcomer Jordan explains his desire to lead a "gritty independent," Blanchett reveals that her choices are all about the director. 

READ MORE: Spotlight on actress Brie Larson for "Short Term 12"

Over the last two months, we've featured many of the awards season's best actors and directors, as selected by Indiewire editors, and honored them with original photography by Daniel Bergeron and video shot by our partners at Movies On Demand. Check out all of them here.