For your consideration: Five points made by Newsweek’s opinionated Oscar roundtable (which included nominees Christopher Plummer, Viola Davis and George Clooney, as well as snubbed thespians Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton). Under editor Tina Brown, Newsweek edited the actors’ considerable wit and wisdom to highlight each reference to Fassbender’s penis, Theron’s sailor talk and Clooney’s charm.
1. Plummer wants to point out: Cosmo, the Jack Russell terrier from “Beginners,” is totally being overshadowed by Uggie from “The Artist.” “We had the better dog,” he states.
2. Almost all of the actors are able to recall where their first tingling sensation came from at the movies: “Body Heat” (Theron), “Last Tango in Paris” (Clooney), “Ecstasy” (Plummer), “Nashville” (Davis) and “Wonder Woman” (Fassbender).
3. Theron reminds Davis–who reminds there are far too few roles for a middle-aged black actress in white-male-centric Hollywood–that she is “hot as shit.”
4. Clooney says correct casting makes everything easier; Plummer agrees: “That is where you find the best director. That is half the battle. At least then they’re comfortable. Their job is almost over.”
5. Swinton, amidst it all: “I’m sitting here listening to real actors talk about real methods, and I’m thinking that once again I’m an interloper.” Why did she give away her Best Supporting Actress Oscar (for “Michael Clayton”)? Watch below.