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OSCAR A publication of thewrap.com INSIDE The Insiders Guide to All Things Oscars ACTORS ISSUE NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Cate Kate keep secrets and tell lies Meryl Christian are masters of disguise Chiwetel Ejiofor or Robert Redford Newcomers and vets battle for gold ALSO TheWrap 2855 S. Barrington Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90064 THE BREAKTHROUGH YEAR Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyongo, Adle Exarchopoulos and Jared Leto burst into the Oscar race ACTORS ISSUE

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N Official BRAZILIAN Entry For the 86th Academy Awards BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM One of the 10 best films of the year. A.O. Scott, The New York Times Superbly constructed, skillfully acted and beautifully lensed. Jay Weissberg, Variety A masterful symphony... It delivers a powerful punch. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter One of the strongest feature debuts of the last century. Breathtaking. Robert Eberle, Los Angeles Times The outstanding ens

Contents OscarWrap Actors Issue November 26, 2013 FEATURES 14 BREAKTHROUGHS COMEBACKS 2013 marked a year for fresh faces to the Oscar race and a stunning return for some old friendsTheWrap shines a light on the boldest performances of the season 26 MY, HOW YOUVE CHANGED See just how far Christian Bale, Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey and Joaquin Phoenix will go for a role 32 THE SECRETS THEY KEEP Deceptions and delusions make a winning combination this Oscar season DEPARTMENTS PH

Awards Beat The Bloc Party Does the Actors Branch really hold the key to Oscar success BY STEVE POND I ts an article of faith with Academy watchers that the Actors Branch is the most important in the Academy, wielding power over outcomes with its 1,100plus members. Thats more than twice as many as the nextlargest branchso if a Best Picture contender isnt a real actors movie, goes the reasoning, it cant possibly win. That theory has been used this year to downplay the awards chances of Gravit

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N BEST ACTOR Christian Bale BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Woody Harrelson Casey Affleck Forest Whitaker Willem Dafoe BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Zo Saldana

Front Center Frontrunners Factoids PREDICTED NOMINEES BY GOLDDERBY.COMS PANEL OF EXPERTS BEST ACTOR If Redford is nominated, All Is Lost will become the third film in history to have its entire cast nominated for acting Oscars the first two were the oneman show Give Em Hell, Harry and the twoperson Sleuth. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Robert Redford, All Is Lost Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips Bruce Dern, Nebraska Bubbling under Forest Whitaker, Lee

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N THE AFTERBURN OF SANDRA BULLOCKS PERFORMANCE WILL LINGER FOR YEARS. BETSY SHARKEY BU LLOC K IS A TOUR DE FORCE BLENDING FEROCITY AND FEELING INTO A T R I U M P H A N T, AWA R D C A L I B E R P O RT R A I T O F G R A C E U N D E R P R E S S U R E . PETER TRAVERS SANDRA BULLOCK AND G E O R G E C L O O N E Y A R E S E N S AT I O N AL. OWEN GLEIBERMAN S A NDR A B UL L O C K S R O LE R E Q UI R E S DI S P L AYS OF WAR M T H, R E LI E

Front Center NO LAUGHING MATTER Steve Coogan wrote himself a serious role, because nobody else would of the story. I would describe it as a drama thats funnyunless of course they think its got more chance to win in the comedy category, in which case its a comedy. Did you have to suppress your instinct to be funny When youre writing it, certainly you have to decide when to back off and let the poignancy speak for itself. Comedy can help take the curse off something that might otherwise be too

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Foreign Language O THIS TIME SHE SPEAKS STEVE POND How did you meet Brnice Bejo ASGHAR FARHADI I was promoting A Separation, and she was promoting The Artist, and we would run into each other a lot. The first thing I noticed when I met her was there seemed to be a lot of positive energy in her personality, and theres nothing that trumps that where an actress comes from. Why cast a French actress instead of an Iranian In terms of the culture, we Iranians are more restrained. Were less liable t

ROBERT REDFORD IS UNFORGETTABLE. BETSY SHARKEY J.C. Chandor has given Redford the role of a second lifetime and the actor has delivered a star performance in return. ROBERT REDFORD DESERVES AN OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR. NEW REPUBLIC DAVID THOMSON F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R AT I O N I N A L L C AT E G O R I E S I N C L U D I N G BEST PICTURE BEST ACTOR ROBERT REDFORD J.C. CHANDOR BEST DIRECTOR A L L I S LO S T 2013 ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS, L.L.C. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. www.roadsideawards.com

Whats Up Docs All in the Family S BY LUCAS SHAW Actressturneddocumentarian Polley I wanted the audience to try to pick what was real and what wasnt. arah Polley thought directing a documentary was going to be easy. After all, the 34yearold Canadian has been acting since before she was 10, appearing on television and in nearly three dozen films. She has directed a handful of narrative films and earned an Oscar nomination for her screenplay for Away From Her. And since documentaries are her

THIS IS THE BEST WORK OF MATTHEW McCONAUGHEYS CAREER. He is brilliant. JOE MORGENSTERN JEFF NICHOLS IS SOMETHING RARE IN FILM RIGHT NOW AN ORIGINAL VOICE. PETER TRAVERS A TRIUMPH FOR MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and WRITERDIRECTOR JEFF NICHOLS. BETSY SHARKEY DOWNLOAD THE SCREENPLAY AT www.roadsideawards.commudscreenplay

BREAKTHR COMEBACKS It has been a year noteworthy for arresting performances from actors whove never had showcases like this before, and vets whove been away from the limelight BY STEVE POND 14 THEWRAP.COM NOVEMBER 26, 2013

OUGHS his years contenders include a French teenager who could become the thirdyoungest Best Actress nominee in history Adle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color and an American theater veteran enjoying her breakthrough film role at the age of 83 June Squibb, Nebraska. Theres an actor whose performance completes a remarkable career transformation from romcom leading man to indie star Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, and theres his costar, who abandoned acting six years ago to play ro

BREAKTHROUGH Lupita Nyongo, 12 Years a Slave t TheWraps screening of 12 Years a Slave, Nyongo was trying to explain her relationship with Michael Fassbender, the actor who played the cruel master of her character, the slave Patsey. I fully trusted him, and I needed to trust him in order to do the things I did with him, she said, before director Steve McQueen interrupted. You scared the socks off of him, McQueen said. Youre hungry, and that woke him up. In short order, Nyongos career has enjoyed

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PHOTO BY DOVE SHORE, SHOT IN THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT THE LOEWS HOLLYWOOD HOTEL Above, Llewyn Davis Oscar Isaac records the films novelty tune Please Mr. Kennedy with fellow folksingers played by Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver. Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis I 18 THEWRAP.COM NOVEMBER 26, 2013 Hes a bluecollar workman, not a poet, Isaac told TheWrap of his character. It was an interesting challenge, because you had to develop a character who really only shows his soul in his songs.

BREAKTHROUGH Adle Exarchopoulos as Adle in Blue Is the Warmest Color, right, and shot by TheWrap before the Academys Governors Awards in November, above. ACTORS ISSUE THEWRAP.COM 19 PHOTO BY DOVE SHORE, SHOT IN THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT THE LOEWS HOLLYWOOD HOTEL W Adle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color hen teenage French actress Exarchopoulos first read the erotic lesbian graphic novel on which Blue Is the Warmest Color is based, and then the screenplay adaptation by writerdirecto

MORE BREAKTHROUGHS CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, 12 YEARS A SLAVE If Steve McQueens 12 Years a Slave is a devastating experience, a good deal of the credit must go to the 36yearold British actor of Nigerian ancestry whose quiet dignity is at the center of nearly every frame. But Ejiofor initially resisted playing Solomon Northrup, a reallife free man from the North who was drugged, abducted and sold into slavery in preCivil War Louisiana. The script was extraordinary, but it led me down a route of question

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION OFFICIAL OSCAR ENTRY GERMANY BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM and GRIPPInG ... the story is so elegantly laid out... the viewer kept so off balance that the result is a film of multiple layers and multiple mysteries. an utterly fantastical story rendered utterly plausible. John anderson, Indiewire twO lIVES a FIlm by GEORG maaS BASED ON A TRUE STORY www.zweilebenfilm.de SPECIAL SCREENINGS Sat, NOV 16, 6.00 PM Golden Globes Official Screening Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd

COMEBACK Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club he Los Angeles premiere of Dallas Buyers Club took place the same week that the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars played the Hollywood Bowl, an interesting convergence for Leto. The bands lead singer and guitarist has an eyecatching role as a transgendered drug addict in Dallas Buyers Club, his first movie role in six years. The music and movies dont usually intersect, admitted Leto in a conversation with TheWrap. Its interesting to have it happen now, after a

MORE COMEBACKS Once upon a time, Hanks was an Oscar staple, with backtoback wins for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump in 199495. But he hasnt been nominated since Cast Away in 2000, a drought that figures to end with nods for his roles as the captain of a hijacked freighter in Captain Phillips and as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. When you find out what happened, you use the facts and translate that into cinematic terms, he told TheWrap of the former film. Youre trying to capture behavior as oppo

Changing FACES Actors stand out by disappearing into roles. Whether that illusion is made possible by a physical transformation, a really good makeup artist, a starvation diet or the simple art of performance, disappearing into a character time and again is no easy feat. Thats why transformations are so frequently recognized by critics and rewarded by the Academy. Heres our look at four of this years contenders, who have managed to stand out by never looking the same.Greg Gilman CHRISTIAN BALE

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MERYL STREEP Streep, clockwise from right Julie Julia, this years August Osage County, Doubt, The Devil Wears Prada, The Iron Lady. 17time nominee MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY Comeback kid McConaughey, clockwise from left Buff in Fools Gold, notso in 2013 contender Dallas Buyers Club, Dazed and Confused and Reign of Fire. 28 THEWRAP.COM NOVEMBER 26, 2013

FOR YOUR CONSIDER ATION BEST ACTRESS Sparks will fly. Adle Exarchopoulos is a ball of fire in a BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE of startling power. Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE HIGHEST RATING An ASTONISHING BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE by Adle Exarchopoulos. Ann Hornaday, THE WASHINGTON POST HHHH. A SHATTERING MASTERPIECE. Newcomer Adle Exarchopoulos and rising star La Seydoux did THE MOST FEARLESS, EMOTIONALLY RICH, BODYANDSOUL ACTING OF THE YEAR. Jon Frosch, THE ATLANTIC BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS M

JOAQUIN PHOENIX 2013 contender role Her, the fakeorreal doc Im Still Here, The Master, I Walk the Line and Gladiator. Phoenix, clockwise from top left His 30 THEWRAP.COM NOVEMBER 26, 2013

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N Official Canadian Entry For the 86th Academy Awards BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM DELIGHTFUL Hollywood Reporter Variety GLOWING SCREENING Monday, December 9, 730PM Official AMPAS Foreign Language Film Committee, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles Awards Office required viewing 212 206 0118 inforequiredviewing.net

O ne hides the devastating truth about why shes ended up in such a mess. Another doesnt say much, but his tattoos and tics hint at a dark past that he never acknowledges. One tries to maintain a relationship and a friendship while keeping a huge secret she knows will destroy both. Another lies to herself that shes capable of taking care of her son in the aftermath of a wrenching divorceand then lies to everyone around her when she finds love in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Theyre the main

Secrets Lies THE FANTASIST Cate Blanchett as Jasmine Francis in Blue Jasmine Half of what your character says probably isnt true. As an actress, do you have to figure out where the truth really is Yeah. Theres an exercise you can do where, to get a threedimensional sense of who characters are and how they are perceived, you write down the things that other people say about them. If you do that with Jasmine, its like a rollercoaster ride, depending on whether shes taken her pills, or how many

Secrets Lies THE MYSTERY COP Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki in Prisoners Your character in Prisoners has tattoos that we cant see clearly, and he seems to have a troubled background, but nothing is spelled out. Did you add that ambiguity Yeah. What fascinated me was this idea that a detectiveor any good truthseeker, journalist, whatever they may behas to be almost infatuated with the mind of the criminal. A number of the detectives I met while doing End of Watch had their own criminal back

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ITALYS OFFICIAL SUBMISSION FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AT THE 86TH ACADEMY AWARDS 4 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS NOMINATIONS BEST PICTURE BEST DIRECTOR PAOLO SORRENTINO BEST WRITER PAOLO SORRENTINO UMBERTO CONTARELLO BEST ACTOR TONI SERVILLO BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS NOMINATIONS BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM THE GREAT BEAUTY 16TH ANNUAL MOT THE TELEGRAPH THE INDEPENDENT TIME OUT OUTLANDISHLY ENTERTAINING. Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES A MASTERPIECE, a

Secrets Lies THE LONELY HEART Julia LouisDreyfus as Eva in Enough Said Your character spends much of the movie hanging onto a pretty devastating secret that is bound to come out and destroy two relationships. Did you struggle to understand why she acted that way I got it totally. That doesnt mean I would do this kind of thing, but I got the anguish of it, and I understood the fear of loneliness, and how that sort of hijacked her. What is that movie where they take over your body Invasion of t

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Secrets Lies THE MOTHER Kate Winslet as Adele Wheeler in Labor Day When I saw Labor Day, much of the audience was clearly wondering why your character does some of the things she does. Did you like embracing behavior that seems inexplicable The elements of the unknown in Labor Day were something that I really appreciated. I particularly loved how suspenseful it was, not only in the beginning but throughout. I love that, and I love the fact that when I look at Adele, I still cant answer the qu

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For your consideration OFFICIAL SELECTION FROM GEORGIA FOR THE 86th ACADEMY AWARDS Best Foreign Language Film ...Built around radiant performances from its two young leads... a beautifully observed sliceoflife drama...An eyepleasing aesthetic for a classy and absorbing debut... Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter ...Absorbing and intelligently assembled... tourdeforce... Leslie Felperin, Variety ...a visibly potent package .. a bloom de nitely to be cherished... Jonathan Romney, Screen I

Oscars Back Pages Actors Say the Darnedest Things Match the acceptancespeech quote to the Oscar winner who said it A. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and thats really embarrassing, but thank you. B. Wow, mine For me Oh, wow. Really, really, truly, wow. 1 Marlon Brando On the Waterfront 2 Bing Crosby Going My Way C. Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who, when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, Wonderful. Just have a backup profes

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