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Conversations with the 2016 Oscar Nominees

by | February 25, 2016 | Comments

It’s almost Oscars time! And in anticipation of the biggest award show of the year, we at Rotten Tomatoes gathered all of our interviews with the 2016 nominees into one big list. From The Big Short to Youth, enjoy these 14 conversations with the actors and directors that will be celebrated by the Academy this weekend.


The Big Short (2015) 89%


Director Adam McKay and stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale talk the important topics addressed on The Big Short.

Nominated for: 
Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing


Cinderella (2015) 83%


Director Kenneth Branagh and stars Lily James and Richard Madden tell what their least favorite duties were as children. And when Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett weighs in, she really lets loose.

Nominated for: 
Best Costume Design


Creed (2015) 95%


Sylvester Stallone and cast discuss why Rocky is such an inspiring character, talk about their favorite moments on set, and play the Rocky Trivia Game.Sylvester Stallone and cast discuss why Rocky is such an inspiring character, talk about their favorite moments on set, and play the Rocky Trivia Game.

Nominated for: 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role


The Danish Girl (2015) 66%


Eddie Redmayne talks about working with Tom Hooper and the artistry of making a film about artists. Then he discussed the reception The Danish Girl has received so far and the exploration of Lily Elbe removing society’s trappings to find herself. Alicia Vikander also discusses her education, revelations, and exploration of transgender issues in preparation for the role of Gerda Wegener. The cast talked about the (sometimes difficult) experience of watching themselves on screen, and director Tom Hooper delves further into the making of the film.

Nominated for: 
Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design


The Hateful Eight (2015) 74%


Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, and writer/director Quentin Tarantino play a round of “Was That For Real?!?” Then they reveal whether they would bring their bounty in dead or alive.

Nominated for: 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Music – Original Score


Inside Out (2015) 98%


Grae Drake leads the cast through a twisty-turny road of feelings and asks them about what their imaginary friend would look like if they had one today.

Nominated for: 
Best Animated Feature Film, Best Writing – Original Screenplay


Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97%


Mad Max surges onto the Fury Road in George Miller’s fourth film in the series starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, and Courtney Eaton. The cast discuss the beauty in the details of the film, what it’s like to be tied to the hood of a car, the film’s blooper reel, and what the cast and George Miller think happened to Furiosa’s (missing) arm.

Nominated for: 
Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Make Up and Hairstyling


The Martian (2015) 91%


RT went on a mission to NASA to ask Matt Damon why he keeps getting left in space in his films, what sci-fi technology we need in the real world, and whether The Martian will finally be his ticket to a Golden Tomato Award!

Nominated for: 
Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects


Room (2015) 93%


Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay talk about the details hidden within the film, Brie’s new BFF, and what Jacob and Tom Cruise have in common. Then we speak to director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Emma Donoghue about the rules and challenges of shooting Room.

Nominated for: 
Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay


Sicario (2015) 92%


Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt from Sicario discuss the realness of Del Toro’s characters, the warning signs in wardrobe choices, and the magic of the film’s score.

Nominated for: 
Best Cinematography, Best Music – Original Score, Best Sound Editing


Spectre (2015) 63%


Craig discusses people’s love/hate relationship with the character and how even though Bond creator Ian Fleming tried to kill off 007 a few times, but the superspy still holds an undeniable appeal for fans. After discussing the role and being told that he’d be missed, Craig replied “I’m not gone yet.” Dave Bautista talls about how his character, Mr. Hinx, should be in the whole movie, and Christoph Waltz speculates about what Spectre’s legit ventures might be.

Nominated for: 
Best Music – Original Song


Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 93%


Grae Drake plays a stellar game of “Star Wars or Florida?” with Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, and director J.J. Abrams.

Nominated for: 
Best Film Editing, Best Music – Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects


Straight Outta Compton (2015) 89%


Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. reveal the secret ingredient to playing a member of N.W.A., and we get a glimpse of how deep the family resemblance to Ice Cube runs. Also, F. Gary Gray discusses his inspirations in directing this film.

Nominated for: 
Best Writing – Original Screenplay


Trumbo (2015) 74%


The cast talks about Dalton Trumbo and Hedda Hopper, the power of hats and mustaches, and where in the house everyone does their best work. Plus, director Jay Roach discusses the souls at stake in this film.

Nominated for: 
Best Actor in a Leading Role


Youth (2015) 71%


Award-winning actor Harvey Keitel tells us about his favorite definition of philosophy and his affinity for the youths in Youth.

Nominated for: 
Best Music – Original Song

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