With the Academy Awards ceremony tonight, we look back at our interviews with some of this year’s nominees.

First up: the beautiful Beasts of the Southern Wild which is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress for young star Quvenzhané Wallis, who’s the youngest ever nominee in that category, Best Director for Benh Zeitlin, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Watch the video to see Benh and Quvenzhané chat about shooting in New Orleans, casting, and playing Hushpuppy:



Denzel Washington
is up for Best Actor for his fine performance in Flight as an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. (Flight is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.)

Check out the video to see Denzel talk about pilot training, his own worst flight experience, playing morally ambiguous characters, and crash scenes:

Helen Hunt is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene in the superb The Sessions, the true story of journalist and poet Mark O’Brien who spent most of his life in an iron lung after contracting polio at a young age.

Take a look at the video to see Helen Hunt and her co-star John Hawkes talk about the physical demands of their roles and acting intimate scenes:

Joe Wright’s gorgeous adaptation of Anna Karenina is up for a number of awards including Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music (Original Score), and Best Production Design.

Director Joe Wright talks about how his working relationship has developed with Keira Knightley and what she brings to the role of Anna:

Alicia Vikander, who plays Princess Kitty in the film and who also stars in Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, chats about ballet moves, acting opposite Keira Knightley, and her first English-language role:

Producer Tim Bevan talks about why working with director Joe Wright for the fourth time, the timelessness of Anna Karenina, and Keira Knightley:

And finally, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Production Design.

James Nesbitt chats about getting battle-ready to play Bofur the dwarf, shooting in 3D and 48 frames-per-second, plus working with director Peter Jackson and Bilbo Baggins himself, Martin Freeman:

Ian McKellen talks about adventures in Middle Earth with The Hobbit trilogy and returning to the world of X-Men with X-Men: Days of Future Past: