THR's Actress Roundtable: Six A-Listers Sound Off on Bad Reviews, Nudity and Playing Hitler

4:24 PM PST 11/09/2011 by THR Staff
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Mary Rozzi

In the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close and Carey Mulligan kick off THR's annual awards season series with an exclusive discussion on their regrets, the mean things people say to them and why Davis hates it when a black actress' performance is called "dignified."

THE PERFORMANCES

Glenn CloseAlbert Nobbs 
Close has been Oscar-nominated four times since her first nom for The World According to Garp but has yet to win.

Viola DavisThe Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Davis burst into the public's awareness with her Oscar-nominated role in 2008's Doubt.

Carey Mulligan, Drive and Shame
Nominated for her first movie lead in 2009's An Education, Mulligan this year has two acclaimed supporting roles.

Octavia SpencerThe Help
Spencer was among the first cast in this ensemble drama, having worked on director Tate Taylor's 2003 short Chicken Party.

Charlize TheronYoung Adult
An Oscar winner for 2003's Monster, Theron was also nominated in 2006 for North Country.

Michelle WilliamsMy Week With Marilyn
Williams is a two-time Oscar nominee for her roles in 2005's Brokeback Mountain and last year's Blue Valentine.

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ABOUT THR'S ROUNDTABLE SERIES: They're back! This issue of the magazine brings the first of THR's annual series of exclusive discussions among the year's most compelling film talents. As awards season unfolds, look for roundtables with actors, writers, directors, producers and animation filmmakers, and go to The Reporter's awards-season blog The Race at THR.com to watch videos of the full discussions.

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