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Great Performance: George Clooney

Sebastian Kim for TIME

George Clooney discusses the best performance ever and the importance of Hawaiian shirts.

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Great Performance: Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender explains how physicality can define a character.

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Great Performance: Bérénice Bejo

Bérénice Bejo discusses learning lines for a silent movie.

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Great Performance: Viola Davis

Viola Davis on the performances that changed her life, the difficult choice to play a maid and the difference between entertainment and experience.

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Great Performance: Adepero Oduye

Adepero Oduye on crying at the movies and changing her life’s direction.

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Great Performance: Uggie

Uggie opens up about the complications of a transatlantic lifestyle and the perils of celebrity.

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Great Performance: Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain explains why it’s great to work with an ensemble of women.

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Great Performance: Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara discusses a girl and her tattoos.

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Great Performance: Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer discusses the importance of not judging a character’s choices.

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Great Performance: Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams on playing an oft-played character and what it’s like to disappear into another person.

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