Newsweek Magazine’s 14th Annual ‘Oscar Roundtable’


It’s that time of year again! When the stars come out to play and applaud one another for a year’s worth of entertainment. The latest issue of Newsweek magazine is also getting in on the award season hype with its 14th annual ‘Oscar Roundtable’ discussion with six of this year’s most nominated darlings talking ‘about the pleasure and pain of their roles.’

Representing the ladies are Annette Bening of The Kids Are All Right, Michelle Williams of Blue Valentine, a pregnant Natalie Portman of Black Swan, and new mom (again) Nicole Kidman of Rabbit Hole. Each of these actresses delivered the goods this year with performances that proved once again they’ve got some serious Stanislavskian chops.

The deliciously distinguished Colin Firth of The King’s Speech and the always quotable James Franco of 127 Hours
round out the discussion, but it is Franco who walks away with the
interview–much to the surprise of Kidman, who, rather unexpectedly,
inspired his comments.

Kidman is explaining love scenes and the rather “precise” nature of some
directors for those “big screen kisses,” when Franco applies his own
real life experience to the discussion.

Franco tells the magazine, “I think if anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesn’t always look best [laughter].
I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and
thinking, oh, that looks horrible. So what Nicole is talking about,

Yeah… er, no. Something tells us that’s not where Kidman was
headed. Can’t wait to see what Franco and Anne Hathaway come up with
when they co-host the Academy Awards next month. And for all you award
show junkies (like us!) out there, Oscar nominations will be announced
tomorrow morning. Look for the folks on Newsweek’s cover to make the

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